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Writing Associates are peer tutors who work with students in courses across the curriculum with the goal of creating a community of writers. If you are a faculty member who would like to request a Writing Associate for your class, please email Lynn Ishikawa at lynnishikawa@depauw.edu.

Working with students one-on-one and in small groups, Writing Associates:

  • facilitate peer review groups inside or outside of class;
  • model the collaborative strategies necessary for successful peer review; 
  • offer in-class, interactive mini-lessons on the writing process and/or a variety of writing skills (i.e. shaping a thesis, writing, conclusions, documenting sources, etc.);
  • act as a writing resource by creating a bridge between students, and the writing center;
  • attend some classes and model learning behaviors (e.g. active learning, critical analysis);
  • hold office hours to discuss specific writing tasks and to help students set learning goals;
  • share inside knowledge with the professor about what students are and are not learning;
  • offer feedback to the professor on the wording of assignments.

To be considered as a Writing Associate, students must first have experience working as a Writing Center tutor and demonstrate excellence in their work with peers.