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The Writing Fellows Program

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Learn more about the Writing Fellows Program!

Writing Fellows are an integral part of our Clemson Family, providing peer writing support to students, faculty, and staff. The Writing Fellows at Clemson University's Writing Lab take a training course to engage with scholarship and research in the field of Writing Center Theory and Practice. This training prepares them for all kinds of writing consultations and familiarizes them with best practices. Writing Fellows also participate in ongoing professional development, engage with research opportunities, and represent the best of the Clemson community.  Each college at Clemson has been represented in the Writing Fellows Program and each fellow brings their specific knowledges to our community. 

Learn more about ENGL 4980 (PDF).

Do you want to join the Writing Fellows Program?

The Clemson Writing Lab is currently staffed by Undergraduate Writing Fellows, also called 'writing consultants,' and Graduate Writing Consultants. Undergraduate Writing Fellows undergo a rigorous application process while Graduate Writing Fellows are employed through the Department of English as part of their assistantship. 

To become a Undergraduate Clemson Writing Fellow, you must apply in the Fall semester prior to the year you intend to start. For example, selected applicants that will begin their fellowship in AY 2022-2023 must apply in Fall 2021.

Successful applicants will be required to take ENGL 4980 with Dr. Murdock in the spring semester prior to the beginning of their fellowship. This is a 3-hour course with an additional 1-hour lab required. Writing Fellows gain practical and applied experience with a range of student writers. They engage in undergraduate research that can lead to presentation and/or publication, with the facilitation of Writing Fellows faculty.

Writing Fellows receive $1500 each semester for their work as peer consultants, 6 hours of work per week, and are invited to continue their service as a Writing Fellow with the support of the Writing Lab Director. Reappointment is dependent on satisfactory performance evaluations. 

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ENGL 4980 (along with ENGL 4981) is a training course for writing support. Students learn how to provide feedback in an inclusive and supportive environment. The course includes an active learning element, ENGL 4981, which allows students to learn through shadowing and co-consulting. 
  • Who can apply?

    Applicants should have at least a 3.4 GPA with at least two semesters remaining.

    All majors are encouraged to apply. Students need not have any prior tutoring or consulting experience. Students need not be a member of the Honors College to apply. We will teach dedicated scholars how to become effective writing consultants and, in the process, Writing Fellows will become more accomplished and effective writers and communicators themselves. 

    ENGL 4980 is open to all students, so application to the Writing Fellows program is not required to take the course. 

  • Application Materials
    1. Cover Letter The cover letter should discuss why you seek to become a Writing Fellow, why you want to support writers at Clemson, and how you believe acting as a Writing Fellow will support your professional development. You should indicate that you understand that the ENGL 4980 course must be taken in Spring 2022.

    2. Writing Sample The writing sample should be a paper from a class that you feel best illustrates your strengths as a communicator OR a piece that you feel best demonstrates your effectiveness in written communication.

    3. Resume or CV 

    Send all documents to Dr. Murdock at cjmurdo@clemson.edu

  • Application Process

    Once your application is received, you will receive a confirmation email. After the search process is complete, the Writing Lab Director will notify successful short-list applicants. Short-list applicants will then attend an interview with the selection committee. Interviews will be scheduled on an individual basis and will be 15-20 minutes in length. Persons chosen for the Writing Fellows Program will be notified by November 29. 

  • Important Dates

    October 19, 2021 - Informational Open House, go to Events page for more information.

    November 8, 2021 by 5pm - Applications are due

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