Writing Fellows Frequently Asked Questions

Below are listed some questions you may have about the Writing Fellows program. If there are any other questions that you have, or items that you feel need to be added to the list, please contact Julia Combs at juliacombs@suu.edu or 435-586-1948.

How do I get help from a Writing Fellow?

Writing Fellows are available for help in classes whose instructors have requested their assistance (these are sorted by field on the main page). If you are a student in a course that does not use WFs and you would like help with your writing, the on-campus Writing Center can help.

What should I expect when I meet with my Writing Fellow?

You should expect to participate in a discussion of your writing project. WFs do not edit papers. They are strong writers who are familiar with the discipline for which you are writing. The will discuss ideas about organization, clarity, and structure of your paper. WFs do not grade papers. They can offer help with discipline-specific genres and style. Students turn in their papers to the WFs and sign up for TWO thirty-minute conferences with a WF before the final draft of each paper is due to the professor.

How can I become a Writing Fellow?

If you are interested in becoming a WF, you need to fill out the online application form and take the required materials to the program director, Julia Combs, in BC 204. Contact her for deadlines. She will look over your application materials and contact you for an interview.

How much do Writing Fellows get paid?

WFs receive a $700 stipend for their services each semester. They are expected to work approximately 70 hours per semester. These services include reading and commenting on papers, attending meetings, and counseling four times with approximately fifteen students over the course of the semester. Note: Some courses require fewer hours, so the pay is less. For example, some 1000-level courses require 50 hours work. The fellows in those courses are paid $500. The pay usually varies between $500 and $700 per course.