Do you like working with people? Are you not only a strong writer, but also someone who is open to the ideas and experiences of others? Are you positive, patient, friendly, and responsible? If so, you might enjoy being a Peer Writing Consultant in the Writing Center.
Students who wish to become Peer Writing Consultants must first complete a course called "Working with Writers," UNIV 239. In this W2 course, which is offered in the spring semester, you will examine the activity of writing, explore your own writing process, and learn to assist other writers. Readings will include books and articles on writing, teaching, and communication, and on the social implications of these activities. Through these readings and through interactive work with other students, you will learn methods of analyzing prose and strategies for working with writers across disciplines. People who successfully complete the course are eligible to apply for a paid position in the Writing Center, to begin the following semester. Peer consultants work a minimum of five hours per week.
UNIV 239 is a "permission course"; permission to enroll is based on an interview with one of the course instructors and a sample of your academic writing. If you would like to apply to take the course, make your interest known to a staff member, or call 570.577.3141; a staff member will contact you before advising week in October to arrange an interview.