Rhetoric and Composition

Writing Associates Program

Writing Associates Program

Contact: Professor Laurie McMillin, Rhetoric & Composition (lmcmilli@oberlin.edu)
               Allison (Ally) Fulton, Writing Associates Fellow 2016-17 (afulton@oberlin.edu)

The Oberlin College Writing Associates Program is a free and student-staffed service. We operate a drop-in Writing Center in Mudd Center library and satellite centers in the MRC and Afrikan Heritage House; we work as course WAs as well as in the Ninde Program. We are also expanding our efforts to include help with speaking.

Mission Statement: The writing associates of Oberlin College offer support and act as a writing resource to members of Oberlin College and the surrounding community. We help with every stage of the writing process, from the generation of ideas to fine-tuning sentences. We help students become confident writers by offering general feedback, suggestions for improvement, and challenging students to take their writing to new levels.

 As writing associates, we are not perfect writers and will not fix things for students, but we can help students to write more successfully by enhancing their individual strengths and improving upon their weaknesses. We empower them to take control of their writing by accepting and appreciating different writing styles and formats. Writing associates help all students with their writing, and are non-judgmental allies in the writing process.

Our primary goal is to instill a sense of confidence in Oberlin community members by offering them support and the tools with which to write more successfully.

Students interested in becoming a writing associate must take the course, Teaching and Tutoring Across the Curriculum. This course introduces students to theories and pedagogies of writing, collaborative learning, disciplinary writing, and other topics. RHET 401/ENGL 399 is open to advanced students from any major; students must apply to take this course. The Writing Associates Program currently trains about 30 new WAs a year and is well-respected on campus, both by faculty and students.

Students interested in enrolling for RHET 401/ENGL 399 must apply for the program. The Fall 2017 course will be TR 9:30-10:50 and is taught by Prof. L. McMillin. The application for the course can be found here

The Writing Associate program curates a blog, the WA Journal, which serves as an archive for projects and papers composed by students in the program. It can be found at www.wajournal.wordpress.com.