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Practicum in Peer Writing Consultation

This course helps students become effective peer writing consultants through practice, additional professional development opportunities, and dialogue around key concepts in writing center work. Students registered for the one-credit course consult in the Peer Writing Center for between 3 and 10 hours per week and attend occasional staff meetings. In addition, they reflect on course material and on their experiences as consultants by contributing to a class blog and by engaging in conversation with fellow consultants during class meetings. Students complete a capstone project that represents an integration of their learning throughout the course.

Course Goals

Overarching Goal: To help students become effective writing consultants through reading, practice, and dialogue.

Provide an opportunity for students to consult in the Peer Writing Center.

  • Register for the 1-credit WRITING 301 and complete the practicum.
  • Work in the center up to 10 hours per week for pay.

Provide an opportunity for ongoing discussions about and reflections on their consultant experiences.

  • Write reflections on their consulting experiences.
  • Be observed consulting by both a colleague and the program director and have one-on-one conversations about the consultations.
  • Lead and/or participate in discussions about consulting.
  • Learn to adapt their consulting strategies to situations they encounter in consultations.

Foster connections between 301 students and staff consultants.

  • Mentor one another via small- and full-group discussions about consultations.
  • Demonstrate a sense of communal responsibility for Peer Writing Center work through clear communication, participation in outreach activities, etc.
  • Participate in solving problems in the Peer Writing Center.

Engage 301 students in creating a capstone project.

  • Develop a project that speaks to their experiences as consultants and builds on their research in Writing 300.
  • Present their projects at weekly meetings or propose a presentation for a writing center conference.