WHAT IS A WRITING CONSULTANT?Writing consultants differ from writing tutors in a few unique ways. Tutors primarily focus on helping writers on particular writing assignments or tasks. The tutor-tutee relationship is often a one-directional relationship where the tutor dictates suggestions, ideas, corrections, and advice to a tutee. Our writing consultants emphasize the exploratory, communicative, and collaborative aspects of the writing process.
OUR FOCUSThe primary focus of a writing consultant is to work with students on strategies and approaches to writing so that students can become more confident, independent writers. In the writing consultant-student relationship, the writing consultant works alongside students. Think of our writing consultants as guides—as an experienced guide who will walk alongside you in the process of writing!
WHAT WE CAN'T DO...
We can't dictate what is right or wrong. Writing is one of the most subjective practices you will engage in as a student (and later on when you are no longer in school!). Our writing consultants won't tell you how to think either. Instead, our writing consultants are here to work with you, we're here to bounce ideas off of, and, primarily, to collaborate with you on drafting better pieces of writing. In short, we can help YOU get to your idea!
STILL UNSURE IF THE WRITING CENTER IS RIGHT FOR YOU?Asking for help (and actively seeking help out) is a really hard thing to do. However, if you're thinking about reaching out to us for help (or support or advice!) with a piece of writing, you've already made great strides in seeking help out. Come and see us. Make an appointment to see a consultant and tell us how we might help. Remember, writing in college is about drafting--about revising and resubmitting and editing and rewriting and unwriting. We can help make the process less daunting!
INTERESTED IN WORKING FOR US?
Supporting writers and aiding in the development of their literacies is an immensely challenging and rewarding experience. We take applications year round. However, before you apply, please be aware of the following expectations of working here.
- Writing consultants are peers (i.e., they are undergraduate and graduate students). While sometimes writing consultants will stay on after graduation, we primarily hire, train, and retain Queens College students.
- Writing consultants are expected to attend all paid training and development sessions. Training takes place at the beginning of the academic year and during monthly staff meetings.
- Writing consultants are expected to actively engage in the development of their tutoring pedagogies by reading and responding to current tutoring scholarship. Writing consultants will be expected to share their findings and/or reflections with coworkers and to contribute to the development of the Center's best practices. (Writing consultants who are interested in developing tutoring research agendas and/or who are interested in pursuing tutoring or literacies scholarship are encouraged to apply.)
- Writing consultants are expected to work a minimum number of hours per week. (Currently, a minimum of four hours per week.)
In addition, potential applicants should know that the Queens College Writing Center is an inclusive student support space. We welcome all Queens College students and strive to meet their writing needs. Writing consultants are expected to uphold these core values. The Queens College Writing Center does not discriminate based on race, gender, religion, disability, or sexual orientation. The Center is deeply committed to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. As such, applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans are strongly encouraged.