Rhetoric and Composition

Writing Associates Program

Writing Associates Program

Contact: Allison (Ally) Fulton, Rhetoric Department Fellow 2016-17 (afulton@oberlin.edu)

The Oberlin College Writing Associates Program is a free and student-staffed writing tutor service. Our services include operating a Drop-In Writing Center in Mudd Center library, course tutoring, and individual student tutoring upon request, as well as outreach programs into the Oberlin town and community.

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 grammar. 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 you, but we can help you to write more successfully by enhancing your individual strengths and improving upon your weaknesses. We empower you to take control of your 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 be a junior or senior and must take the course, Teaching and Tutoring Across the Curriculum. This course introduces students to theories and pedagogies of writing, peer tutoring, literacy, and other topics. The tutor training course is open to students from any major. The Writing Associates Program currently trains 24 tutors each 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. Check the schedule of courses, contact the professor of the upcoming course, and request an application. The course tends to fill quickly, so be sure to contact the relevant professor well before early registration.

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.