What Do Writing Fellows Do?
Writing Fellows team up with faculty who are teaching or preparing writing intensive (WID) designated courses. This partnership seeks to enhance the quality and content of students’ writing in their respective disciplines. To clarify, here are some examples.
Writing Fellows do...
- Listen to the instructor’s description of their course and its students.
- Help instructors articulate the role of writing in relation to course goals: What do you want students to get out of the course?
- Discuss and/or develop writing assignments: What hurdles do students often have with their writing? How should their writing improve?
- Provide sample writing assignments and relevant literature from the WID archive.
- Develop and run workshops to help students understand their writing assignments, and assist them through the stages of the writing process, including brainstorming, revision, proofreading, etc.
- Work with individual students during office hours in the Writing Center (see below for each Fellow's exact office hours).
- Assist faculty in documenting the successes and challenges of the semester through surveys, student writing samples, reporting and other assessment tools.
End of semester activities
- Compile documentation from the semester: Surveys, writing samples, and reflections from the instructor and writing fellow on what was successful and what could be improved.