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Become a Consultant

Applications for the next round of hiring at the Writer's Workshop will become available in spring 2018.

The Writer's Workshop works with students across campus from all disciplines--and invites students from any major on campus who love writing to apply to work as consultants. While English and humanities majors often apply, we especially welcome applications from students in the social sciences and natural sciences. The Workshop also hires receptionists. 

Anyone interested in becoming a consultant should fill out the application (below) in March/April 2018. Applications will be reviewed, and successful applicants will be granted permission to enroll in English 387: Composition Theory and Pedagogy in the fall 2018 semester. Taking the course is a part of the application process, and candidates will be evaluated for their readiness to work as consultants after they complete it. Employment begins the semester after completing English 387. The course is also a prerequisite for anyone wanting to work with the Summer Passport Program. Consultants with at least one year of experience in the Writer's Workshop may apply to become writing fellows. Contact Kristina Reardon, Associate Director of the Center for Writing, with any questions.

Consultant Job Description

Consultants work with students one-on-one in the Writer’s Workshop, consulting on their writing in 45-minute sessions with the aim of helping students become better writers. After the session they write a session report which includes a brief summary of the session and of the writer's plans for revision. Consultants focus on the issues that research tells us can be improved in writing sessions (the writer’s process) rather than those they cannot control (the grade a student will earn on a single, given writing assignment). They look beyond just the paper at hand to help students develop good writing habits and practices for their academic lives as writers. They may assist students at any step in the writing process, including brainstorming, planning, outlining, and revising for organization and clarity.  Consultants are not copy-editors, though they may work with students on the finer points of grammar or style in the latest stage of the writing process through a deliberate, learning-based approach. Consultants do not do the work for students but rather work with students.

Receptionist Job Description

Receptionists are responsible for opening and closing the Writer’s Workshop. They greet students and make sure they fill out the intake sheet when they arrive. They assist students in making appointments, if necessary. They tell consultants when their writers have arrived. They  manage the phone and explain Writer’s Workshop policies to students. They report to the associate director with any problems that arise from the day-to-day operations of the Writer’s Workshop. 

Writing Fellow Job Description

Writing fellows are advanced consultants (with one or more year of experience working in the Writer’s Workshop) who serve as a course-embedded consultant in addition to serving as a consultant in the Writer’s Workshop. They work to support student writing in Montserrat classes in several ways: by attending class once per week to understand the local context for writing; by meeting with the professor regularly to understand writing assignments and expectations; and by holding once-monthly workshops on special themes (such as thesis statements, creating outlines, etc). Group sessions focus on global concerns related to forming good writing habits and working through the writing process, such as: writing thesis statements; creating outlines; using reverse-outlines to assess organizational strategies, etc. Group sessions may focus on specific student questions, but for full consulting sessions on individual papers, the fellow will refer the student to schedule a 45-minute session at the Writer’s Workshop (with the fellow him/herself or with any other consultant). Writing fellows are also expected to maintain at least two shifts in the Writer’s Workshop, where students from their Montserrat classes may schedule appointments to meet with them. Fellows work with students on the process of writing and on developing good writing habits; they are not proofreaders, though they may assist students with issues relating to style or grammar in individual sessions in the later stages of the writing process as needed. They are expected to meet twice per month with the Associate Director to assess their progress and to plan the monthly workshops together.