Writing Fellows

Barnard Writing Fellows
A student and Writing Fellow meet in the Writing Center

Writing Fellows are generous and critical readers. They ask questions so that the writer can clarify, explain, expand and explore their writing. They are not tutors or TAs. It is not their role to comment on the accuracy of the content or to grade a students’ paper. We believe—and our practice reflects—that every work a writer brings us belongs to the voice of the writer. 

Having finished their training, they staff the Erica Mann Jong '63 Writing Center and work in courses across the disciplines. They conference with students about written assignments to help clarify, organize, and strengthen content, so that a non-expert can understand the assignment.

Our work is built on the foundational belief that knowledge production can happen outside of a classroom and is not solely dependent on a professor. Worlds of knowledge can be built between peers and the experiences they bring to conversations when they listen and respond to each other.

This work must be enacted within an open, self-reflective, anti-racist environment. As such, we commit to: 

  • Affirm and empower students’ rights to multiple, non-standard Englishes, while never withholding any information about standard academic English that students may seek;
  • Leverage our position within the educational system to advocate for student writers who are oppressed on the basis of their social identity ( i.e. race, nationality, gender, religion, socio-economic status, educational experience, etc.);
  • Reflect on our own practice/s and how they may be racist or complicit with racism so we can change them; and
  • Require that all Writing Fellows adhere to anti-racist practices by committing to the above-listed items along with additional items as they emerge.

    Upcoming Events

    Writing Fellow Application Flyer

    We welcome first-years and sophomores in all majors to apply to be a Writing Fellow or Science Writing Fellow*. Writing Fellows have a strong desire to connect with peers and to be curious about their work. We are first and foremost advocates for students’ voices.

    Writing Fellow applications are due on MONDAY, March 15th @ 5PM

    Follow the link to attend an info session:  Attend an Info Session with Writing Fellows

    *Science Writing Fellows go through the same application and training process as Writing Fellows

    Speaking Fellows stuntin in their seats, saying to apply to become a speaking fellow

    Through the Speaking Center and our attached class program, Speaking Fellows create learning environments that empower students to explore, question, and reflect on their speaking and listening skills. By experimenting with language and structure, students actively engage in their own thinking processes, getting to the bottom of what they want to say and how they want to express those ideas to others.

    Become a Speaking Fellow!


    Apply to Be a Science Writing Fellow

    Science Writing Fellows work closely with science professors across departments to support students as they develop skills to communicate science. 

    Deadline: March 15 5 PM EST

    Attend an info session!

    Meeting ID: 918 6362 4131

    Tuesday, March 9th @ 7pm

    Thursday, March 11th @ 5:30pm