Become a Writers Workshop Consultant!
Information for Undergraduate Students
Do you love writing? Helping others? Are you considering teaching English in the U.S. or abroad? Do you plan to attend graduate school? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then please consider getting involved with the Writers Workshop!
Undergraduate consultants typically experience the following benefits from their involvement with the Writers Workshop:
- Improved confidence as writers;
- Deeper understanding of writing skills and writing development;
- Increased critical and analytical capabilities;
- Improved interpersonal skills, such as listening and questioning;
- Deeper understanding of how to work with others from different backgrounds.
To become a paid undergraduate consultant, students must successfully complete WRIT 300. This course provides an introduction to the work of writing centers, theories of composition, and writing pedagogy. You’ll learn about writing processes, working with multilingual writers, and techniques for the one-to-one teaching of writing. You’ll also write, share your writing with others, and observe and participate in tutoring sessions. The course meets for two hours each week; students also independently schedule one additional hour each week observing and co-consulting in the Writers Workshop.
In Fall 2017, WRIT 300 (3 credits) will be offered at the following times:
- MW 10:00 – 10:50
- T 3:30 – 5:10
Please note that you may register without prior instructor consent.
Information for Volunteers
The Writers Workshop is currently seeking volunteers who can tutor with us a for 1-2 hours a week. Volunteering is a great way to get involved, especially for students whose academic or work schedules don't allow them to commit to a full weekly schedule. Volunteers must first complete a 1.5 hour training session. The Spring 2018 training dates will be announced in January.
All training sessions will be held in 251 UGL. We ask that you register at least 2 days in advance so we know how many attendees to expect at each session. You will also be asked to read two articles about the one-to-one tutoring of writing before you attend the training session. Following training, volunteers will spend a period observing and co-consulting with experienced tutors. They wil meet with the Director before they begin independant consultations. For more information, please contact Dr. Carolyn Wisniewski, Director of the Writers Workshop, at email@example.com
Information for Graduate Students
The Writers Workshop is not currently accepting applications for graduate consultants.
General Application Process:
The Writers Workshop hires graduate student writing consultants each semester. Our graduate consultants normally receive 33%, 25%, or 17% teaching assistantships which require 13, 10, or 7 hours a week, respectively. We also hire Graduate Hourly consultants, which typically involves 5-8 hours per week. Other requirements include a two-day orientation in August or January and 5 staff meetings during the semester. The Writers Workshop provides writing support to all University of Illinois students, faculty, and staff, from any discipline, and at any stage of the writing process. Consultants' primary responsibility is to help writers develop effective writing knowledge and skills through one-to-one tutoring sessions, which typically last about 50 minutes. Other responsibilities may include developing and facilitating in-class presentations and special topic workshops, creating handouts and other materials, and representing the Workshop at events like career fairs.
For further information about the Writers Workshop, please visit our website: www.cws.illinois.edu/workshop. An ideal candidate for this position would have at least one year of prior teaching or tutoring experience, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work as part of a team. Candidates must be in good academic standing. As the Workshop sees writers from a diverse array of academic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds, we are always seeking candidates who can bring experience in one or more of these areas: science, technical, business, and/or legal writing; second language acquisition; multimedia writing / online writing instruction; supporting underrepresented and minority students, adult learners, and/or students with disabilities.
Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status a as a qualified individual with a disability or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ides who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).
Compensation in the form a stipend and, for appointments of 25% or more, a tuition waiver, are in compliance with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Graduate College. Graduate Hourly positions are compensated $20.98 per hour. The Writers Workshop does not provide appointments of 25% or higher to students in graduate programs that have been designated as cost-recovery, self-supporting, or reimbursable.
Applications consist of a letter of application, cv (including contact information for at least 2 references), and writing sample.