Peer Writing Consultant
Applications for the 2013-2014 academic year are due in early February, 2013.
All Vanderbilt undergraduate students with an overall GPA of 3.5 or better are welcome to apply.
Peer Writing Consultants:
- participate in an April orientation and August training workshops on writing and consulting.
- participate in weekly, full-staff training sessions throughout the academic year.
- consult with individual writers.
- engage in periodic observations and mentoring sessions.
- develop handouts and other resources for undergraduate students.
- prepare and deliver workshops and visit classrooms across campus.
- demonstrate engagement with and growth in the position.
Candidates for Peer Writing Consultant positions must be nominated by a Vanderbilt instructor. To earn
nominations, students must demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills; they must be
excellent academic writers, producing strong essays in their disciplines; also, they should be comfortable
working with diverse types of writing assignments. Candidates must have effective interpersonal skills,
including the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and the ability to engage in constructive
dialogue about writing. They should also be flexible, patient, professional, and intellectually curious.
Nominated students will be invited to submit the following:
2) Application Form
3) Application Letter
An applicant must write a 2-3 page application letter detailing her or his interest in becoming a Peer
Writing Consultant. An applicant might write about the following: ways in which her or his experience
would contribute to successful consulting; strengths and weaknesses as a writer; ability to work well with
other people; applicable writing or work experience; or relevant personal and/or career goals.
4) Writing Samples
An applicant must include two samples of polished writing from different courses or disciplines. At least
one sample must have been composed within the last calendar year, and samples may be of any length.
Writing samples, as well as other application materials, will not be returned.