To become a peer tutor, you must complete Tutoring Writing (WRTC 336), a course that includes an internship in the University Writing Center. After completion of the course, students can apply for a peer tutoring position and go through the interview process. Enrollment in the course does not guarantee employment at the Writing Center.
Peer tutors get to work with students from many different disciplines. They also get to travel to conferences, conduct research with faculty, and work on cool projects like motion comic videos. Our tutors use their skills in writing, photography, screenwriting, video production, musical composition, or other creative and technical fields to support the work of the center.
"Right now I'm writing my Master's thesis on "Disaster Rhetoric" and am on schedule to get my M.A. in Professional Writing & Rhetoric from George Mason by May, 2012. I also attended my first rhetoric conference this past summer and presented some work there. As for jobs, I have some new leads. A lot of these positions are research/writing/ production based so I actually do use some of my experience from the Writing Center. Some of the experience I draw on is not just limited to tutoring (which does help in exposure to a variety of genres), but includes the work we did for the Center itself in terms of creating presentations for outreach."
I started at Quadrant HealtchCom in September 2010 as the Editorial Assistant for Cutis, a peer-reviewed clinical dermatology journal. In May 2011, I was promoted to Assistant Managing Editor of Cosmetic Dermatology, another of the company's dermatology titles. I had no prior medical writing experience and no scientific background whatsoever, but having worked in the Writing Center with students from varying academic programs, I was confident coming into my position that I'd be able to adapt my skills to an unfamiliar writing style. I was able to catch on pretty fast, and recently, my boss was on a time crunch and asked me to ghostwrite one of our monthly columns; when I finished and she read it, she thought I had gotten a doctor to write it! I also work closely with authors throughout the editorial process, and it definitely helps to have had training in communicating and collaborating effectively with other writers, especially when our physician authors tend to focus solely on content and neglect style and readability. They're obviously the experts, but I need to work with them to adapt and simplify their research for a wider, perhaps less-experienced audience. Tutoring in the Writing Center helped prepare me for these kinds of responsibilities.