The Resource 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.
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 do get paid for their efforts.
If you are interested in working with students in this way, fill out an application— Writing Consultant Application.
Email the application to email@example.com and attach a copy of the best writing you’ve done for a class at Rollins. You may also drop off the application at her office in room 209 on the main floor of Olin Library, in the Lakeview Lounge area.