The Writing Fellows Program is one of the ways the CGU Center for Writing & Rhetoric takes an active approach to writing instruction by reaching students collectively rather than individually through teaching the steps of the writing process integrated with departmental course offerings. Scholarship in composition studies has argued persuasively for decades that graduate writing instruction should not be considered separately from disciplinary content, and that an explicit attention to the writing process within subject-centered courses (via assignment sequencing, scaffolding of writing tasks, self-reflection, and rhetorical metacognition) can meaningfully address the procrastination, anxiety, and confusion common to confronting graduate-level writing challenges. Seminars dedicated to disciplinary writing have been found to be an effective solution to this problem, as have embedded tutors: the integration of process-based writing instruction into introductory disciplinary courses through a series of topical workshops and the ongoing involvement of a Writing Consultant to work closely with both the instructor and the class as a whole.
The goals of the embedded tutoring program are:
· To provide students with a set of transferable skills for segmenting and planning the writing tasks required by graduate seminars.
· To collaborate with instructors to integrate incremental assignment design and "writing to learn" strategies into their courses.
· To offer students a familiar point of contact for seeking help with their writing.
· To build students' confidence in their writing abilities.
Our Writing Fellows Program has grown exponentially since its first run in Fall Semester of 2015.
Embedded writing tutors provide 40 hours of consultation to a given class. There is no set formula for how this time is divided. This allows for professors and consultants to craft a plan that will work well for the specific class that takes into account the class size and course assignments. Below is a model for a common distribution of tasks; although the distribution is variable, any proposed plan cannot go beyond the scope of the tasks listed:
Attend 2 seminars
Facilitate 2 workshops
Prepare 2 workshops
Consult with students once during the semester*
Provide written comments on one set of student papers*
Attend Writing Fellow training & provide updates to CWR Director
*A normative class size of 10 is assumed in this projection.
If you are a faculty member at CGU and are interested in having a Writing Fellow for your class please submit a Writing Fellow Request Form HERE.
Location: 141 E. 12th St. (gray house)
Office Phone: (909) 607-0012
Mailing Address: 150 E. 10th St., Claremont, CA 91711
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