Become a Writing Consultant
LA&S/ENGL 400 - Tutoring and Teaching Writing
Undergraduate 3-Credit Course
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Writing Consulting?
Have you always enjoyed reading drafts of other people's works in-progress? Do your friends look to you for feedback on their writing? Are you comfortable writing papers for your major? Have you worked with a writing tutor or writing consultant yourself? Writing consultants guide and coach writers through their process of developing drafts, revising papers, and creating presentations.
The writing demands of both school and workplace have contributed to the growing field of writing consulting. Many students and graduates are choosing this rewarding work. You don't have to be a perfect writer or an English major to be an effective writing consultant. Writing consultants are peer tutors who talk with other students about their writing. Writing consultants are good at giving productive feedback, asking probing questions, and helping writers build confidence.
The "Tutoring and Teaching Writing" course is designed to give you the background needed to work as a writing consultant. Students who take the class do lots of writing, share their writing, observe other writing consultants, learn how to respond to writing, and practice as interns in the KU Writing Center. The course also prepares students who may eventually want to work in the KU Writing Center.
Topics to be discussed in class
Students explore the theory and practice of writing across the disciplines and the interpersonal dynamics of the peer consulting model. We will discuss the expectations for academic writing and how those expectations impact on student writers. The course also provides practice as a peer tutor in the Writer's Roosts at the University of Kansas.
Expectations of students
Students should want to learn more about themselves as writers and demonstrate an interest in collaborative learning through working with student writers. This course provides a good preparation for graduate teaching assistants and other future teachers.