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Not offered in Fall 2020.

Seminar in Peer Writing Consultation

This course introduces students from a variety of academic backgrounds to both the theory and practice of writing consultations. You'll develop greater awareness of your own writing processes, a desire to improve your own writing and to learn more about writing pedagogy, and a passion for helping your peers to become better writers, too.This course has three main goals:

  1. to familiarize you with theory about peer consultation in writing, through reading, responding to, and critiquing tutoring pedagogy literature;
  2. to introduce you to the practice of peer writing consultation through receiving consultations, observing others’ consultations, and doing some face-to-face and online consultations yourselves, as well as reflecting on these processes;
  3. to address the ULWR goal of engaging the conventions of disciplinary writing, by conducting extended critical inquiry of your own in three major essays and many shorter responses to readings and observations of tutorials.

Course Requirements:
For this class, you'll write three major essays (Interview and Reflection on Writing, Researched Academic Essay, and Statement of Consulting Philosophy), as well as several shorter assignments (reflections, discussions, field notes, prewriting). You'll also do an oral research presentation and have individual conferences with the instructor about your writing. Because this is a seminar course, your daily attendance and participation is expected.

Intended Audience:
This course is designed for students (usually sophomores and juniors) who have applied and been admitted to the Peer Writing Consultant Program.

Class Format:
This class usually meets in seminar style: participants are responsible for doing assigned readings and being prepared to talk about them. Some class meetings involve practice consultations. In addition, students visit the peer writing center to observe consultants at work and to practice their own consulting skills.

Credits: 3

Requirements & Distribution: ULWR

Consent: With permission of department.