Become a Writing Fellow
Applications are for Spring 2021 are closed
Writing Fellows are generous readers and responsive listeners. We “fellow” written assignments by asking the writer questions in the margins of their essay or during a conference. We ask questions so that the writer can clarify, explain, expand and explore their writing. We believe—and our practice reflects—that every work a writer brings us belongs to the voice of the writer.
We major in disciplines across the curriculum and we encourage students in all majors to apply. Crucial to being a Writing Fellow is an ability to connect with peers and to be curious about their work. Writing Fellows are first and foremost advocates for students’ voices. Interested in becoming a Writing Fellow?
If you have any questions about the application process or about the program in general, please contact Professor Cobrin (Director) at firstname.lastname@example.org, or DaMonique Ballou (Coordinator) at email@example.com or Vyoma Sahani (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Frequently Asked Questions
All current Barnard first-years and sophomores are encouraged to apply to the Writing Fellows Program. Applications become available in Spring semester of each year.
Those accepted to the Writing Fellows Program are required to take a one-semester course called "The Writer's Process," in the Fall semester following their acceptance. After completing the course, Fellows are required to work for three semesters (the first of which must immediately follow the semester in which they took "The Writer's Process"). As a Writing Fellow, you will be required to work in the Writing Center for one hour per week and you will work with, at least, one "attached" class per semester. You must also attend monthly writing fellow meetings.
Before becoming full-fledged Writing Fellows, students must take "The Writer's Process." This class is a 4-point course offered in the Fall semester for Writing Fellows in Training (WFITs). Only those accepted to the Writing Fellows Program may enroll. A formal description of the course is as follows:
The Writer's Process: A Seminar in the Teaching of Writing
An exploration of theory and practice in the teaching of writing, designed for students who plan to become Writing Fellows at Barnard. Students will read current theory and consider current research in the writing process, and engage in practical applications in the classroom or in tutoring (Instructor: Pam Cobrin).
Continuing training takes place in monthly Writing Fellows meetings.
Writing Fellows are entitled to a $16/hr. There are also other opportunities to earn extra money by being attached to a student, by working extra hours in the Writing Center, or by participating in various programs featuring Writing Fellows. Most Writing Fellows, however, cite the non-material benefits as being the most rewarding parts of working with the program. Many Writing Fellows say that through their fellowing work, they have learned to become better writers, better communicators, and better students.