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Writing Fellows

Clemson Writing Fellows is based on the assumption that all writers, regardless of background and grade point average, have room for improvement and that peer editing is an effective means of improving student writing. Research shows that students tend to feel comfortable and grow as writers when working in an established and functional peer editing relationship. The Clemson Writing Fellows Program aims to build on the strength of our best writers, offer practical experience to the Fellows, and create a climate of academic conversation and revision within some of our most successful early courses. Writing Fellows enroll in a course on the theories of writing pedagogy and process writing as well as the history and evolution of writing instruction and Writing Fellows programs. As important, though, is the practical work of teaching Writing Fellows to offer useful written feedback and to discuss strategies for revision and improvement with their peers. Writing Fellows, paired with Honors Seminars, comment upon drafts of papers three weeks before the due date, and then meet with each student for a one-on-one conference. Student writers and Writing Fellows alike learn to see writing not as an act to perform, but as a process with which to engage.

Who are Writing Fellows?

Writing Fellows represent 8 majors, come from 7 states, and work with students from every discipline. A Writing Fellow values the process of student writing, and believes that peer dialogue can facilitate individual growth. Our goal is to produce not only better writing, but better writers. Each Writing Fellow works to make that possible.

The Calhoun Honors College, the Pearce Center for Professional Communication, the Department of English and the Clemson Writing Center invite applications for the 2014-2015 class of Clemson Writing Fellows. Writing Fellows work with peers, in writing courses across campus and in the Writing Center, to facilitate revision and lead student writers toward more effective communication. As a Writing Fellow, you will learn about the theory and practice of peer tutoring in a course offered Spring 2014 (T/Th 9:30-10:45), and will begin serving as a Fellow for Fall 2015-Spring 2016 earning $1000-$1500 each semester. Clemson Writing Fellows are ambassadors for writing at Clemson, helping support the award-winning Writing Across the Curriculum initiatives and increasing the focus on writing at Clemson.

The attached call for applications offers more details. Please consider applying by submitting a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample to Austin Gorman, PhD at