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Become a Writing Fellow

Applications for AY 2021-2022 Writing Fellows will open in September 2020. 

Overview

The Clemson Writing Center is currently staffed by Undergraduate Writing Fellows and Graduate Writing Fellows. 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 2020-2021 must apply in Fall 2019. 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. They may also enroll in a continuing 1-hour Creative Inquiry course. Additionally, Writing Fellows receive $1500 each semester for their work as peer consultants, around 6 hours of work per week, and are invited to continue their service as a Writing Fellow with the support of the Writing Center Director. 

Clemson Writing Fellows are essential to the overall growth and forward movement of the campus community. 

Open House 

The Clemson Writing Center will host an open house session on November 4 from 4-6pm. This open house session is for potential applicants to drop by the Writing Center space in ASC Room 307 to ask questions, meet current Writing Fellows, and learn more about what it means to be a Writing Fellow at Clemson. 

Who should 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 smart, dedicated scholars how to become effective writing consultants and, in the process, the Writing Fellows will become more accomplished and effective writers and communicators themselves. 

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 2020.
  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 

Application materials should be submitted to Dr. Chelsea Murdock via email by November 8. 

Application Process

Once your application is received, you will receive a confirmation email. After the search process is complete, the Writing Center 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. 

For more information, contact Dr. Chelsea Murdock.