Benefits of Writing Fellows

Writing fellows provide many benefits to the students and faculty with whom they work.

Students benefit from:

  • Learning about and improving their writing process (Severino & Knight, 2007)
  • Collaboration and engaging in the social nature of writing and knowledge-making (Spigelman & Grobman, 2005).
  • Immediate, specific feedback on writing (Spigelman & Grobman, 2005).

Instructors benefit from:

  • Gaining instructional support and development, which may include learning more about composition, writing center and/or peer learning theories (Spigelman & Grobman, 2005).
  • Improving how writing is used—including writing to learn—through collaboration with writing fellow and KUWC professional staff (Severino & Knight, 2007)
  • Receiving “tangible help” with writing instruction, in the form of a trained, experienced writing fellow dedicated to students’ development as writers (Hall & Hughes, 2011).

Want to learn more about Writing Fellows programs? Check out our sources:

  • Hall, E. & Hughes, B. (2011). Preparing faculty, professionalizing fellows: Keys to success with undergraduate writing fellows in WAC. The WAC Journal, 22: 21-40.
  • Severino, C. & Knight, M. (2007). Exporting writing center pedagogy: Writing fellows programs as ambassadors for the writing center. In C. Murphy & S. Sherwood (Eds),The St. Martin’s Sourcebook for Writing Tutors. (pp. 214-27) Boston: Bedford/St. Martins.
  • Spigelman, C. & Grobman, L. (Eds.). (2005). On Location: Theory and Practice in Classroom-Based Writing Tutoring. Logan, Utah: Logan State University Press.

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