Interested in helping others become more effective writers? Thinking about graduate school? Want to build your resume? Care about social justice issues?
Contact Professor Catherine Savini to learn more about English 301. . Students who complete the course with a grade of B+ or better may be invited to serve as Reading and Writing Center peer tutors.
Successful writing consultants need not be grammar experts nor the best writers around. We are looking for students with:
We want the staff to reflect the diversity of our campus so we are actively seeking:
Who should enroll in English 301: Tutoring Writing?
• Students who currently tutor or would like to tutor.
• Students who intend to pursue a career in education.
• Students who plan to go to graduate school in any discipline.
• Students pursuing a writing minor or a writing concentration.
• Students who want to improve their writing.
What will I learn in English 301: Tutoring Writing?
This course takes an unexpected approach to teaching students to serve as writing consultants; instead of focusing directly on the skills of working in the RWC, the course examines the WSU community through the lens of social inequities. From there, students develop writing projects aimed at leveling the playing field. The course is especially valuable for students who see injustices in the world around them and want to do something about it. Past students wrote proposals for a veterans’ lounge, an LGBTQ Living Learning Community, and a Center of Equity and Identity; led a workshop aimed at raising awareness of microaggressions; launched the Tell Me About Your Day Club; and revised the Counseling Center website. All of these projects were successful and have led to lasting change on our campus. The readings in this course focus on social justice issues, tutoring writing, and writing as a process.
How does this course prepare students to serve in the RWC?
Students in this course get to know students from different backgrounds and have a better understanding of the complex lives of the students you will work with in the RWC, develop a deeper knowledge of how our campus works, learn about ways in which the education system is not equitable, write in unfamiliar genres for real world audiences, revise and revise, practice self-reflection, and regularly give each other feedback on their projects.
Is the course Tutoring Writing only for English majors?
No. Tutoring Writing is for students from all disciplines. Students who took the course in past semesters majored in business, history, psychology, communications, education, biology, theatre arts, and English.
If I take this course am I guaranteed a position as a peer writing consultant?
Not all students who complete this course will be invited to serve as peer writing consultants. Various factors influence the selection of peer writing consultants from the course, including the Reading and Writing Center’s budget and your performance in the course.
Can I serve as a peer writing consultant if I do not complete this course?
No, peer writing consultants must complete Tutoring Writing with a B+ or better.
Why be a peer writing consultant when I can earn more bagging groceries?
The work you do in the course and serving as a peer writing consultant looks great on your resume as it provides you valuable experience working with people and is a cue to future employees that you are a strong writer. Peer writing consultants often present at a regional conference and we have even presented at a national conference; this means we’ve traveled to New York City and Orlando. A former peer writing consultant told me that she got her job as a grant writer at the Boys and Girls Club because she presented at a writing center conference.