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Writing Fellows: Student FAQ

Am I eligible to be a Writing Fellow?

Writing Fellows are organized, self-motivated, kind, intelligent, and flexible. Fellows also tend to have excellent writing skills and an interest in helping others, and we prefer that students commit to the program for at least one full academic year. Do you sacrifice sleep to help your friends revise their papers before a big deadline? Do you find yourself grumbling about typos in the newspaper? If so, you should probably apply.

Do I have to be an expert in a specific subject? Do I have to be a perfect writer?

Writing Fellows are NOT perfect writers—there is no such thing. Fellows are good writers who want to improve their skills and encourage their peers. When possible, we place Fellows in courses related to their major, but many Fellows work far outside their academic comfort zone with great success. As you go through the application process, you’ll learn more about where you might be placed.

What do Writing Fellows do?

Fellows are assigned to a class, usually in pairs. Each Fellow meets with the professor regularly to learn about the writing assignments. Then, the Fellow works with a group of students on two or three major papers throughout the semester.  Fellows read drafts of each paper, write thorough endnotes, and conference with each student to discuss revision strategies. Fellows are not required to take or attend the class itself. They are not copy editors, and they are not responsible for grading or planning any course content. 

New Fellows are required to take English 220 and 221 during their first year; these are one-credit training courses that help Fellows learn how to improve their own writing skills and give positive, helpful feedback to students.

How and when should I apply?

New Fellows begin work in the fall, so you should apply no later than March 20th. Any time before that is fine; most Fellows apply during the spring semester, then find out where they’ll be assigned during the summer. The application is available here.

How many hours do I work?  How much does it pay?

This is where time management really matters. Fellows typically work a “feast or famine” schedule. Some weeks you’ll have very little work, and other weeks will be quite busy. Fellows are paid on an hourly basis. Your hourly pay rate is contingent upon your experience and other factors.

Is this a work study job?

You do NOT need to be work study to be a Fellow, but work study is accepted if you have it. 

I still have questions.  Whom should I contact?

Chesney Reich, Director of the Writing and Learning Commons, is always happy to talk to potential Fellows. Call (828-227-2273) or email (reich@wcu.edu) any time.

 

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