Writing Consulting

To Rollins students who are thinking about using the Writing Center:

We are a staff of trained and knowledgeable (and friendly) peer writing consultants. We’re happy to work with you wherever you are in your writing process, from brainstorming paper topics to polishing your final draft. We’re used to experiencing writer's block, struggling to create a thesis, or figuring out the best way to organize a paper--we're students and writers, just like you. As we talk with you about your work, we'll try out techniques that you can use now and in the future. Bring a printout and the assignment!

See who's on staff (Meet the Staff in this website). Click on Make an Appointment to enter WCOnline, our appointment scheduler. See who's consulting when. Don't see days/times that fit your schedule? No problem! Just email a consultant directly to request an off-schedule session; many of our consultants can meet at times more convenient to you. 

What students say about working with Writing Consultants:

"We made a strong thesis statement to help me with the rest of my paper!"

The writing consultant “was great and so eager to help me! She definitely knows what she's talking about."

"I'm leaving today with a firmer grasp of how to structure my thoughts in a way that is clear."

Interested in becoming a writing consultant? Read on!

How does it work?

The Writing Center hires and trains faculty-nominated Writing Consultants from across the curriculum. Writing Consultants help student writers at any stage of the writing process. They monitor how student writers understand the writing assignment, develop their ideas and support them with credible evidence appropriate for the academic discipline, organize them logically for the reader, and express them well.  Writing Consultants give feedback as general readers, and where the writing is unclear or disjointed, use various questioning techniques and their knowledge of writing conventions to help the student make the draft more accurately reflect his/her learning. Working with Writing Consultants, students better understand the importance of starting earlier so they will have time to make necessary content revisions and stylistic and/or grammatical edits. (Content tutors in writing-intensive courses can help students in the early stages of writing, where they might need feedback on their grasp of disciplinary knowledge.) Writing Consultants document the sessions for both clients and faculty members in writing notes.

What will I learn from working in the Writing Center?

Working in the Writing Center, Writing Consultants’ own reading and writing skills often improve considerably from the experience, as do their communication skills, in dialog with the student writer, the course material, and the specific writing prompt.  Great gains also result from their extensive practice in drawing out people’s ideas and giving feedback to help student writers reflect on their learning and writing processes, to make adjustments, both short- and long-term. The job is challenging, varied, and usually fun. While appointments are free of charge for the client, Writing Consultants get paid for time spent in sessions with students.

What's required of me as a writing consultant?

  • Participate in about ten hours of face-to-face crash training spread over the first few weeks, in several evenings, in the first semester you consult  This is a one-credit course, TPJ 106.
  • After crash training, attend frequent staff meetings on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30.  For this one-credit course, TPJ 111, you will also serve as liaison with one professor's writing-intensive courses. You will gather information about the courses' writing assignments to share with other consultants to prepare them for possible future appointments with those students. 
  • Offer six hours a week for appointments throughout the semester and if you want to, arrange off-schedule appointments with student clients.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in working with students in this way, fill out an application— Writing Consultant Application.

Your application will automatically be sent to Susie Robertshaw, Coordinator of Tutoring and Writing (srobertshaw@rollins.edu). She will review it and the writing sample you have attached to the application. She will be in contact with you; you can also contact her in room 209 on the main floor of Olin Library, in the Lakeview Lounge area.