Writing Colleague Brochure Rewrite

What is the Writing Colleague Program?
The Writing Colleague Program is unique to the HWS community. It prepares strong writing students to work with peers on their own writing through non-traditional tutoring methods.
Upon completion of the Writing Colleagues Seminar, each WC is placed in a specific course where they work alongside and meet with students, as well as collaborate with the professor to develop writing assignments. Meetings are used as time to both brainstorm ideas and help the students create strong essays that meet what the assignment calls for. Writing colleagues are meant to be both friends and skilled guides for first year students– they provide a smooth transition into the world of college writing.
Writing colleagues bridge the gap between professor and student, working to create a comfortable setting where improvement can take place. Having a writing colleague in class adds a dynamic that otherwise cannot be reached.
Becoming a Writing Colleague:
To become a WC, students should contact the Writing Colleagues Coordinator (x3807) for application materials. They must submit a portfolio to the Coordinator to be reviewed for acceptance in the WCS (WRRH 305). In the seminar, students explore methods of non-traditional tutoring while expanding their own writing skills with the help of skilled authors, group discussions and weekly writings.
Through weekly workshops and an outside practicum, the students combine all of their newfound skills into a cohesive method of thinking. During these workshops, candidate Colleagues give each other feedback for revision, and practice facilitative questioning– which can later be used in the practicum meetings themselves.
The many faces, backgrounds, and interests of Writing Colleagues:
No two Writing Colleagues have the same interests. Participants represent a range of academic, social, and extracurricular interests– from swimmers to soccer players, Bio majors to Spanish minors. They come from many different backgrounds, and become involved in the program in various stages throughout their college career. But Writing Colleagues do have a few things in common. They all believe that writing is a valuable tool for learning and expression. They understand that writing can be difficult and complicated. And they know that learning is a social process– and that making the right connection can hand a student the tools to succeed. This is the idea at the heart of the Writing Colleagues Program.
Common Misconceptions:
I’m a good writer, so I don’t need a Writing Colleague.
Writing colleagues are not meant to help only poor writers. Every writer needs a reader– even JK Rowling has a troop of editors on call for support and feedback. Think of your Writing Colleague as your very own brigade.
I have my own writing style and I don’t want anyone to tell me I should change it.
If a Writing Colleague is trying to change your style, then she isn’t doing her job. Her job is to make you more aware of the choices you make that make your style what it is.
If I meet with a Writing Colleague, I’ll get an A on every paper.
Writing colleagues help you develop your writing process; this is a gradual, on-going learning experience that may not necessarily be reflected in the grade you receive.
A Writing Colleague will correct my grammatical errors and fix my mistakes for me.
Writing colleagues are not proofreaders. They have no red pen– in fact, they aren’t even allowed to write on your paper. They are there to help you develop your essay to its full extent.

One thought on “Writing Colleague Brochure Rewrite

  1. First difficulty–name of program has an s–Writing colleagueS Program (we have more than one writing colleague, right?) Otherwise–I think I left a comment on Friday about your general approach. I was hoping you would look at this more radically.

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