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Working at the Writing Center

"As soon as I step into the Writing Center, I can drop my worries for the day and let myself blend into the friendly, open atmosphere. It's a place bursting with creative conversations, and I get to be a part of those every shift that I work. I love the Center at its busiest, buzzing with ideas and advisors bouncing from one session to the next. I often say that the coolest people work in the Center, and I think that's because each advisor has something to add to the conversation, and each advisor is excited to be there, talking about writing."

-Libby '18

Being an advisor at the Writing Center is one of the most rewarding experiences available to students at Wittenberg. To work with other writers not only contributes to their learning, but to your own, and it is an incredibly satisfying feeling to be part of a productive consultation.

But being a consultant is also incredibly demanding. Good consultants are good writers, yes, but also good listeners, and they must be flexible enough to adapt to the needs of different writers and different writing situations. Of course we don't expect everyone to be immediately ready to advise writers (nor do we ever envision a point where an advisor stops learning), so before anyone comes to work in the Center, he or she enrolls in the English 242 course, Writing Center Theory and Practice, offered every spring.

Enrollment in the course is limited, and students must fill out an application, submit a writing sample, and interview with the director of the Center and with one of the Center's advisors before being considered.Is this a lot to ask? Yes. But we pride ourselves on our work, and we think the rewarding experience of working with writers at Wittenberg is worth the effort.

Hiring is closed for Fall 2019. Please direct any questions to mmattison@wittenberg.edu.

 


WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE ALL APPLICANTS TO HAVE HAD AT LEAST ONE SESSION IN THE WRITING CENTER BEFORE APPLYING.

Required Qualifications

  • Ability to read critically and articulate suggestions about others' writing.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Patience.
  • Desire to help others.
  • Flexibility.
  • Willingness to take initiative and follow through on projects.
  • Sensitivity to the feelings of others.
  • Understanding of and appreciation for the process of writing.

Recommended Qualifications

  • 3.3 GPA or above.
  • Completion of English 101 (or equivalent) with a grade of B or above.

If you have questions, please email the director, Mike Mattison, at mmattison@wittenberg.edu. You may also talk with any advisor about working in the Writing Center.

 

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