The Writing Center is now accepting Spring 2023 requests for course-based peer writing tutors. Please request a tutor by January 20th using this form.  Placement will take place the following week in January. 


About Our Program

Course Tutors are part of the course’s educational goals on writing and communication and work with students one-on-one to offer writing conferencing on writing process, revision, project planning, idea development, etc. The course tutor can also provide workshops in-class related to time management, revision, research integration, etc. Typically connected with writing-intensive courses (see list below), we welcome partnerships with courses outside FYS/CW/WRPR programs. 

The embedded course tutor program is one that functions well because of sustained engagement between faculty and tutor(s), which often takes the form of regular check-ins, mentorship meetings, and discussions about learning outcomes around writing. Past tutors have suggested that faculty intentionally include writing tutoring in the course expectations, such as through required visits, workshops, and other options.

Tutors may work up to 60 hours over the course of the semester. Each term, tutors receive at least 12 hours of training in addition to pre-semester onboarding. They are hired, supervised, and paid by CTLR. 

Writing intensive courses that typically partner with our program include the following: 

Incorporating a Tutor Into Your Course  

To learn more about including a course-based tutor in your course, watch this 4-minute video created by WRPR212 student researchers and current peer tutors in spring 2022. You can also view a longer discussion video recording of our Winter 2021 roundtable discussion between faculty partners, peer writing tutors, and Dr. Giaimo. 

For guidance on how to successfully partner with the writing center course tutor program, please read this guide co-written by peer writing tutors and Dr. Giaimo.

Requesting a Peer Writing Tutor For Your Course

An announcement will be sent to faculty prior to the start of the semester (in June for fall semester and in December for spring semester). Placement priority will be given to FYS courses in fall semester and all writing-intensive courses in spring semester. Tutors are generally not available for classes during J Term. 

Because of the specialized nature of writing tutoring work, as well as new inclusive and equitable hiring policies, all tutors need to be current employees of the Writing Center/CTLR (we will not assign untrained students to courses). Similarly, because of high demand for writing tutors, tutors will not be automatically assigned to writing courses without faculty request. Tutors are hired through WRPR0212 (offered in spring semesters) and an application process each spring-summer. Learn more about our hiring practices here

Other Writing Center Support: 

The Writing Center also has a robust array of services for individual writers. So, if an instructor chooses not to include a peer writing tutor in their writing intensive course (which is absolutely OK!), students can seek out writing center services independently. 

  • Online peer tutoring (Synchronous & Asynchronous) by appointment through WCOnline (go/wconline).
  • Professional tutoring by appointment through LibCal.
  • Drop-in peer tutoring, no appointment required, in CTLR (Davis Library) and Anderson Freeman Center (AFC).
  • Self-service resources and links for student writers.
  • Group events (Fall Write-In, Mindfulness Writing Challenge, Pandemic Processing Space). 
  • Conversation circles—peer led non-academic meet-ups where students engage in cross-cultural exchange in informal English with peer writing tutors. Contact Dr. Giaimo.
  • Faculty consultations on course development, writing pedagogy and assessment, and personal writing productivity. Contact Dr. Giaimo

Click here to learn more about the Writing Center.

Syllabus Blurb for Instructors 

Feel free to include a copy of this blurb in course syllabi. Written by Constance Laranja Gooding (‘23) and Dr. Giaimo, edited by Mariana Zieve-Cohen (‘23.5). 


For questions about course tutors, Writing Center programming, or arranging a faculty consultation, please contact Genie Giaimo, Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric and Director of the Writing Center.




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