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KU Writing Center Writing Fellows

First started in the 1970s and 80s, writing fellows programs are an increasingly common way to provide writing support. KU’s Writing Fellows program was first piloted in 2012 and then established as the KU Core Writing Fellows Program in 2015. Since its pilot year, writing fellows have worked with courses in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. To expand offerings, the Writing Fellows program is now open to courses outside of the KU Core.

We are no longer accepting applications Writing Fellow applications. Please check back at a later date for the Spring 2021 application.

Undergraduate Writing Fellows

Writing Fellows (WFs) are undergraduate students who are trained as peer writing consultants and who are paired with a specific course for the entire semester. They collaborate with faculty and serve as facilitators of learning, largely in part by providing constructive critique of student writing, but also through in-class workshops and facilitated peer review sessions. WFs neither teach content nor assign grades—they are not teaching assistants. Instead, they promote writing in the classroom, collaborating with faculty and helping students better understand writing assignments, brainstorm content, and revise drafts to successfully present their thoughts and ideas.

To apply to have a WF in your course, you must be teaching a 16-week course where you plan to assign two major writing assignments or a scaffolded semester-long project. You should be willing to work collaboratively with your WF and the KUWC Assistant Director and adhere to the assignment schedule agreed upon at the beginning of the semester. Courses involving discussion sections and teaching assistants cannot be considered.

If you have questoins about the program before you apply, please contact Kara Kynion.

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