Writing Fellows Program

The Writing Fellows Program fosters writing as a process by allowing time and energy for review and significant revision. We believe that a writer's development doesn’t stop after the first or even the second year of college and that each new year, class, discipline, or project brings new challenges and learning opportunities. We emphasize collaboration and process as crucial aspects of becoming more engaged, thoughtful writers. 

The Writing Fellows program matches trained writing fellows with specific writing-intensive courses. Students enrolled in these courses are required to meet with writing fellows no matter what their background or experience with writing, because we believe every writer's work benefits from interactive dialogue about the writer's goals. Faculty in the program share this commitment to writing as a process and to peer review as a crucial aspect of developing as an academic writer.

Meet the Writing Fellows

Writing fellows are undergraduate peer writing tutors who work with the same students on several writing assignments throughout the semester. Writing fellows read drafts of papers before meeting with student writers, then talk with the writers about their process and goals, asking questions to help them make decisions about revising their papers. Writing fellows receive intensive preparation and ongoing educational opportunities before and during their work with student writers. 

Name Pronouns Major
Salomé Albright    ILVS and Arabic
Joel Appel-Kraut He/Him Music, Sound and Culture; American Studies
Noha Awais She/her Undeclared 
Sara Barkouli she/her sociology, American studies 
Haley Braner    
Ayleen Cameron She/her Undeclared
Casey Cummings (leave) she/her International Relations 
Paloma Delgado (leave) She series  International Relations
Jake DePinto    
Greg Diette He series  Economics and English
Sophie Elia She/Her Biology, Psychology
Janya Gambhir she/hers Computer science and international relations
Gabby Garland she/her Philosophy, STS
Litzy Gastelum Arguelles she/her Environmental Studies and FMS
Nick Gourley he/him Econ / IR
Maeve Hagerty she/her Undeclared
Joseph Harmon he/him Biochemistry
Emily Heinrich she/her Biomedical Engineering
Anna Houston She/her/hers Biopsychology, anthropology
Rabiya Ismail she/hers Political Science and English
Alexandra Leite she/her  
Olivia Lewis She/her Community health, Spanish 
Yumei Lin she/her International Relations 
Riya Malhotra she/her/hers Biology, History of Art & Architecture
Susannah Murray she/her/hers Cognitive and Brain Science
Jessica Parillo She/hers English, Political Science
Andra Preda she/her/hers Clinical Psychology
Raksha Ramanan she/her/hers International Relations, Psychology
Aliénor Rice She/her Undeclared
Andrew Rodgers he/him Religion & History
Eliana Rosenzweig she/her Biology
Gregory Saccone He/Him English
Ana Salazar (leave) She/her/hers Anthropology & IR
Zoe Salvato-Cutter (leave) She series  Spanish, Italian
Priyanka Sinha She/her International Relations
Meghan Smith she/her International Relations
Amari Turner she/her Undeclared 
Eli van der Rijn he/him ILVS and biopsych
Rachel Wang she/her Psychology and Sociology
Katherine Wang (leave) she/her WGSS; biology
Blane Zhu he/him/his Undeclared


Education and Learning Opportunities for Writing Fellows

Writing fellows and the faculty in the program are committed to writing as a process and to developing their teaching and tutoring practices: 

  • New writing fellows participate in a week-long orientation before courses begin and then take a 3-SHU, semester-long seminar on writing tutoring pedagogy. Besides helping them become more skilled tutors, the course also encourages them to analyze their own writing habits, biases, and styles. It introduces writing fellows to anti-racist and feminist pedagogies that resist many traditional approaches to tutoring and encourage linguistic diversity.
  • Returning fellows participate in regular, ongoing group meetings to discuss writing, tutoring, and pedagogy and build both our knowledge and understanding of writing pedagogy as well as our supportive community of learners, writers, and educators.
Information for Faculty

If you would like to partner with us on methods to teach students to plan, draft, and revise their writing before submitting it for a grade, consider applying to the Writing Fellows Program

The Writing Fellows Program is designed to provide students with additional support to attend more closely to their writing and to provide faculty with support around integrating more writing into their courses. The program provides students with one-on-one attention, encourages attentive review and revision of drafts, and creates a forum for faculty to share ideas on writing assignments that improve critical thinking. Writing fellows receive extensive education and training in order to provide detailed, personalized feedback to help each student improve, no matter their skill level or experience. 

Faculty who participate in the Writing Fellows Program commit to the program's emphasis on writing as a process and adjust writing assignments to be compatible with the program's approach to peer review. We meet regularly to share strategies, assignments, and goals for writing instruction in courses across the disciplines. 

Course Requirements for Writing Fellows Program

  • The course can be from any department in A&S or SOE, but it must be designed primarily for undergraduates, and it must be writing-intensive. Writing fellows must have the opportunity to meet with students two or three times during the semester, either for two or three writing assignments or one paper broken into steps, such as multiple drafts or different sections of the paper.
  • Faculty may be full-time, part-time, tenure-stream, or non-tenure stream. 

Expectations for Faculty

  • Require all undergraduate students taking your course to meet with writing fellows at least twice each semester. (The professor determines class policy for any graduate students in the course. Usually, seeing a writing fellow is optional for graduate students.)
  • Meet with your assigned writing fellows to discuss classroom policies, due dates, writing assignments, and your expectations of your students' work.
  • Set and announce firm due dates at the beginning of the semester for the drafts and the revisions of the papers to be assigned. Do not change due dates without consulting your writing fellows or the program director first.
  • Announce or introduce the writing fellows to your course by including a description of the program on your syllabus, adding your assigned writing fellows to Canvas, and inviting your assigned writing fellows to introduce themselves to your class.
  • Work with the writing fellows and the director of the program to develop effective writing assignments, manageable due dates, and classroom policies for late papers.

Preferences (not required)

  • A class size between 20 and 60 students 
  • Classes that primarily attract first-year and sophomore students, or upper-class students in a cross-listed class or a discipline that does not typically have a lot of assigned writing
  • Assignments that allow students to choose all or part of their topic, that engage students in questions of genre or audience, and that allow students to organize their essays in different ways
  • Course schedules in which both required writing fellows meetings occur before the last two weeks of the semester (if the class requires a long research paper at the end of the semester, we request that the paper draft be due by the penultimate week of classes)

Faculty Rewards

A small teaching supplemental is provided for faculty teaching in the program for the first time or for faculty developing a new course to be added to the program. 

For more information or to apply to the program, contact the program director, Kristina Aikens

Courses Offered Fall 2021
Course Title Professor
ANTH 144 Media of the Middle East Bishara
CH 30 Community Health Methods Acevedo, Tendulkar
CH 184 Substance Use, Addiction, and Policy Acevedo
EC 127 Urban Economics Hardman
ENV 1 Intro to Environmental Studies Stein
HIST 96 Foundation Seminar: Imperial Christ Proctor
PHIL 91 Neubauer First-Year Seminar Epstein
PS 185 Nuclear Weapons in International Politics Taliaferro
PSY 147 Multitasking Ward
REL 42 History of Christianity in America Curtis
REL 100 Religion and Film Lemons


See previous semesters' courses

Become a Writing Fellow!

Thank you for your interest in becoming a writing fellow! We hire each spring semester for a fall start date. The application for Fall 2022 is due Sunday, February 13, 2022. Please visit this page for application information.