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Become a Writing Tutor

"Tutoring here is really a microcosm of the liberal arts experience! As an econ major, I've tutored assignments on Dante, Bollywood Dance, and Igneous Petrology. Tutors learn a lot and are able to strengthen communication skills across disciplines,"

Katie Osborn, '16

"One of the greatest things about working at the Writing Center is that it forces you to confront your own perceptions of 'good writing.' Through helping others cultivate uniquely powerful voices, you become more open and engaged in the rest of your life,"

Corey Baron, '17 

We look for students who can:

  • Communicate well and listen actively
  • Analyze texts
  • Demonstrate a familiarity with writing across the curriculum
  • Explain basic rules of standard written English
  • Be helpful and friendly to all writers!

As a peer consultant at the Ruth Barton Writing Center, you commit to:

  • Working one-to-one with individual students on their writing processes,
  • Using effective and ethical strategies for helping students find the strengths and weaknesses of a piece of writing,
  • Promoting writerly confidence and self-efficacy,
  • Referring students to additional online or on-campus resources (e.g., citation guides, library staff, wellness staff),
  • Keeping accurate records of all writing center appointments,
  • Participating in professional development, including the GS300 (winter half-block 2019) and GS395 (spring 2019 adjunct, blocks 5-8, Wednesday afternoons 3:30-5:00), as well as twice-blockly lunches
    • 12 weekly class meetings
    • 30 observation hours
    • Writing Center portfolio

Additional opportunities through the Writing Center:

  • FYE Writing Fellows: dedicated position linked to FYE courses which provides academic support and mentoring, one-to-one tutorials, and workshops
  • Regional and national conferences: research and present on topics in writing center work that are interesting and meaningful to you
  • Resource development: workshops, handouts, and other resources to assist student writers
  • Mentoring: one-to-one meetings with professional staff to address your personal, academic, and professional goals 

Applications for 2018/2019 have already been accepted. Please check back in Fall 2019 to apply for the 2019/2020 cohort.

To apply, please click here to submit the online application form, which requires:

  • Application form
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Academic recommendations

If you are unfamiliar with the writing conventions of a resume and cover letter, please consider visiting Career Services or making an appointment with the Writing Center to go over your materials. 

This application is for admission to the GS300 & 395 Peer Tutoring Theory and Practicum Courses, Spring 2019 (one credit total). You must complete both courses, observation hours, and a consultant portfolio to be hired into a consultant position at the Writing Center for Fall 2019.

Peer Tutoring in Writing Courses:

GS300: Theory and Practice of Peer Tutoring

This course has two purposes: (1) to delve into the complex processes involved in writing and talking about writing; and (2) to prepare students to work as writing consultants in the Colorado College Writing Center. Key course themes include the theory and practice of writing, the theory and practice of tutoring, critical thinking, self-awareness, and team-building. Students will have the opportunity to discuss and apply theories to specific tutoring situations, role play, solve problems in groups, and practice tutoring. Interested students must apply during second block for participation in the class. The course is held annually during half block. ½ unit; Pass/Fail only; COI required.

GS395: Peer Tutoring Practicum
Building on GS 300: Theory and Practice of Peer Tutoring, the practicum serves as a structured apprenticeship through which tutors can apply their theoretical knowledge to practical situations. The course includes collaboration with experienced tutors, practice tutoring, and review of videotaped practice sessions. The course also requires a reflective journal and a critical essay examining ways in which writing center theory bears on practice. This course is mandatory for students who wish to become Writing Center consultants. ½ unit; Pass/Fail only; GS 300 or COI.

Contact Katrina Bell at for more information.


Katrina Bell

Director, Writing Center
Co-Director, Writing Program (Interim)

Tutt Library, 2nd floor office 235
(719) 389-6193

Aaron Stoller

Director, Academic Programs
Co-Director, Writing Program (Interim)

Tutt Library, 2nd floor office 215
(719) 227-8291