The Sweetland Peer Writing Consultant Program provides undergraduate students from across the University with an opportunity to assist fellow U-M undergrads with their writing. Sweetland-trained peer writing consultants offer traditional face-to-face consulting at our main Peer Writing Center (Shapiro Undergraduate Library 2160) and satellite offices (Duderstadt Center, Lloyd Hall, Trotter Multicultural Center) as well as online consulting via OWL (Online Writing Lab). Consultants operate according to the Peer Writing Consultant Program Mission Statement.
Applications are accepted once a year in the Fall term. Accepted students enroll in Writing 300: Seminar in Peer Writing Consultation the following Winter which trains them to become theoretically informed and well-practiced Peer Writing Consultants. Students who excel in Writing 300 are invited to join the Peer Writing Consultant Program and enroll in WRITING 301: Practicum in Peer Writing Consultation. After completing 301, students may be asked to continue on as paid consultants. The starting pay rate for paid consultants is $15/hr.
How to Become a Consultant
The Peer Writing Consultant Program is an excellent way for undergraduate students from across the University to get involved in consulting with their peers about written communication. Becoming a writing consultant gives you the opportunity to work with others on their writing, enjoying conversations about interesting topics, helping to solve writing challenges, and supporting effective writing processes. Once writing consultants enter the job market or go to graduate school, many of them find that the program has given them important experience relating to people, working collaboratively, and engaging in rigorous thinking. Online Writing Lab (OWL) consultants value the hands-on experience they gain with writing and communicating in networked environments.
There are two ways to enter the program:
Please note: Students must have completed 24 credits in order to apply.
You may be nominated by an instructor who is familiar with your writing and interpersonal skills. Each fall and winter term, Sweetland emails faculty across campus to ask them to nominate students for the program. When you are nominated, you will receive an email from Sweetland, inviting you to apply to the Peer Writing Consultant Program. The application includes writing an essay and submitting an academic writing sample from a University of Michigan course.
You may apply to the program by completing the application. The application includes writing an essay and submitting an academic writing sample from a University of Michigan course. As part of your application, you must request a confidential letter of recommendation from an instructor who is familiar with your writing and interpersonal skills. Ask the instructor to send this letter directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next chance to apply will be in late October 2022. Online application will be posted here.
After submitting your application materials
Completed applications are reviewed by Sweetland's faculty, and top applicants are invited to enroll in WRITING 300: Seminar in Peer Writing Consultation, a one-semester, three-credit ULWR course taught in Fall and Winter each year.
If you excel in all aspects of WRITING 300, and we have programmatic need for new consultants, you will be invited to join the Peer Writing Consultant Program.
At that point, you will enroll in a one-semester, one-credit course, WRITING 301: Practicum in Peer Writing Consultation and begin consulting for pay in the PWC. WRITING 301 meets W 4:00 - 5:00 PM and the staff meeting, which you will be expected to attend on occasion, meets W 5:00-6:00 PM. A typical consultant works anywhere between 5-10 hours per week during the school year.
Transfer Students with previous Writing Center experience:
Transfer students who have worked at a Writing Center at their previous institution are encouraged to join the Peer Writing Consultant Program! The first step is to complete this form which will help us evaluate if the training course that you have previously taken is equivalent to the U-M-Ann Arbor Peer Writing Center training course, Writing 300. A team of Sweetland faculty and staff will review your submitted materials and will let you know about the status of your petition within 3 weeks of submission. Students whose petitions are accepted are expected to enroll in the practicum course Writing 301, during which they will get to know their fellow Peer Tutors, reflect on their experiences while consulting with students and earning pay for their efforts in the Sweetland Peer Writing Center.
Summer Internships for Graduating Consultants
The Sweetland Center for Writing offers two paid summer internships from mid-May through mid-August, with applications solicited in March. Applicants must be recent graduates or seniors in Fall and have completed Writing 220 or Writing 301. Interns work 15-20 hours per week between 8am and 4:30pm, Monday-Friday, and earn $14/hour.
For more information and to apply, visit our Job Opportunities page.