Become a Writing Consultant
Thank you for your interest in becoming a peer Writing Consultant!
The peer writing consultants at the Writing Center, including undergraduate and graduate consultants, provide an important resource for the university and local community. In the simplest terms, we aid writers in all stages of the writing process, from drafting to revising to adding finishing touches and citing sources. Our goal is to develop stronger writers and create an active culture of writing on campus.
Expectations: The Writing Center is open and collaborative space with friendly and knowledgable employees. Writing center consultants must first be writers themselves: students who understand writing to learn, writing to discover, and writing to share idears are their fundamental educational experiences; they share a concern for writing as the process of thinking; they must be listeners who care about the clients’ and their writing experiences. The consultants understand the modern meaning of writing practices and mulitliteracies; they must be immersed in the writing process as theory and practicum; they should know strategies to help at every stage of the writing process; and they should continue to write and engage in various literacy practices while they work in the Writing Center.
A writing consultant can expect to do in-person or online consultations, work on writing-related projects and presentations, contribute to social and outreach events, and generate a strong culture of writing on campus.
Are you interested in becoming a consultant? Please see below the job description, hiring process, and application requirements.
Contact the director, Dr. Scott Chiu, at email@example.com if there are any questions.
Basic Function: The Peer Writing Consultant supports the Writing Center’s mission and assists in creating an active culture of writing and literacy in the CLU communities.
- Provide one-to-one writing consultations and reader’s feedback
- Facilitate writing workshops and class visits
- Engage in regular, ongoing staff training
- Engage/Assist in approved, supervised projects and research
- Present research outcomes at the SoCal WCA Tutor Conference and at the Festival of Scholars
For new consultants:
- All new undergraduate consultants are expected to join the Writing Center in the fall semester by enrolling and completing the tutor training course ENGL-318 Writing Center Theory and Practice.
For returning consultants:
- Returing consultants will be on project-based appointments.
- Returning consultants must re-apply to the positions with a résumé and a cover letter.
- Returning consultants' applicaitons must also include a 250-word project proposal.
The proposed project should fall under the following areas:
- Writing Center pedagogies (e.g., consulting approaches and techniques)
- Writing Center services areas (e.g., campus engagement, programs/student outreach)
- Writing Center marketing publication (e.g., newsletter, podcast, blog)
- Community literacy project (e.g., memoir writing, literacy camp, language education)
Requirements for all graduate applicants:
- Applicants must be enrolled as a CLU graduate student.
- Applicants must have experience with and sensitivity to diverse cultural, linguistic, socioeconomic, ability, and academic backgrounds
- Applicants must be able to work independently as well as thrive in an environment instilled in teamwork, positivity, and ongoing development.
- Applicants must have enthusiasm for writing and peer collaboration and familiarity with the APA documentation style.
- Applicants must submit a résumé and a cover letter.