Writing Fellows Program
The Writing Fellows program is designed to offer extra writing support to classes that require substantial amounts of writing. The program is based on the idea that by viewing writing as a process, writers at any level can improve on their writing by sharing it and making revisions based on critique during this process. By pairing students to Writing Fellow tutors, this program creates relationships to help students improve their writing processes and style. Though not instructors in the course, tutors with a strong understanding of the writing process and how to constructively critique student writing are able to help students better understand writing assignments, brainstorm ideas, and revise drafts to help students successfully present their thoughts and ideas.
Writing fellows are assigned to work with up to 15 students per semester, so if you request fellows for classes with an enrollment higher than 15, you will receive multiple fellows. While we try to match fellows’ areas of expertise to the courses they are attached to, we cannot always guarantee a perfect match. However, any of our fellows, just like any of our tutors in the Writing Center, can offer valuable feedback to students about their writing and writing process, regardless of their particular area of academic specialization.
Writing Fellows will typically meet with students individually to help them revise two papers. All students who participate in a course with a Writing Fellow must submit drafts of their paper to their assigned Fellow. Fellows carefully read students’ papers making notes for what to discuss during individual conferences. Fellows then meet with students to discuss the draft and talk about strengths and weaknesses in areas such as organization, clarity, argument, analysis and style. This allows students the chance to revise their draft before turning it in to their instructor.
In addition to offering individual support to students during the writing process, Fellows can assist with writing in the course in other ways. If you incorporate peer response into your course, Writing Fellows can help prepare students for and help facilitate in-class peer response. A Writing Fellow might also prepare and present a lesson for your class on a particular writing-related topic, if you and your Fellow are interested in this. Each Writing Fellow placement can be individualized to best suit your needs, the Fellow’s interests, and the class’s needs.
Working with a Writing Fellow will require some commitment from you. Throughout the semester, you will need to meet with your Fellows in order to give them an overview of your assignments and your expectations for your students and to check in with your Fellows about the work they are doing with your students. While you will not need to change the content of your course, you may need to adjust your students’ writing schedule to allow sufficient time for revision of assignments. Students will need to have a draft two weeks before the final due date; within those two weeks, the Fellows will have one-on-one sessions with your students giving them extensive feedback on their writing.
The Writing Fellows Program is designed to benefit your students, you, and the Writing Center tutors who act as Fellows. Your students enjoy individualized attention throughout the writing process; you receive support with response to student writing and your writing pedagogy; tutors learn about course design and teaching practices. If you would like to learn more about the Fellows Program, please read the Writing Fellows Handbook for Faculty. If you have specific questions the handbook doesn’t answer, or would like to discuss more fully how Fellows could work for your course, please contact Jennifer Follett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-204-0703. If you would like to request a Writing Fellow, please fill out the Writing Fellows Request Form and submit it, either as an email attachment or via campus mail to Jennifer Follett, 201 Tuttleman Learning Center (008-00). Fellows are assigned to courses no later than 2 weeks before a semester begins, so to ensure your request has the best chance of being accommodated, it’s best to submit it a month before the beginning of classes.