Writing Center Fellows

Writing Center PosterWriting Center Fellows are Princeton undergraduate and graduate students who work one-on-one with student writers. If you’re an excellent academic writer who enjoys giving feedback to other writers, especially on macro issues such as developing an argument and organizing ideas, a position as a Writing Center Fellow may be for you. You’ll have the chance to affect students’ academic lives in positive and meaningful ways. Perhaps as important, you’ll get the chance to hone your teaching skills—and your own writing skills—as you serve the University community.

Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and all graduate students are invited to apply. We look for representation from the full range of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences and engineering. Since this is the best job on campus – not that we’re biased – competition for positions is fierce.

Job Responsibilities

  • Participate in a series of intensive training sessions in September.
  • Engage in preparatory reading and discussion for training in September.
  • Attend one "launch" meeting for scheduling purposes each semester.
  • Attend monthly workshops and participate in other ongoing training activities throughout the year.
  • Work with student writers for 50 conference hours total per semester. This usually means working 3 hours per week while classes are in session, with additional hours during periods of peak demand. During a typical semester, those busy periods include Week 4, Week 6, Week 7, Week 12, Reading Period, and (for Graduate Fellows) the weeks leading up to JP and Senior Thesis deadlines.
  • Complete a report after each conference for the Writing Center’s confidential records.
  • Assist with publicity efforts.

Note: Serving as a Writing Center Fellow is a serious, full-year commitment that requires dedication and time. Please consider your academic and extracurricular commitments before applying.

Pay Rates

Undergraduates: The position is “Grade I” on the student pay scale ($14.80).
Graduate Students: The hourly wage is $17.

All time spent on the Writing Center responsibilities outlined above, including attending workshops and meetings, is compensated at these rates.

Application Process

The application process for positions beginning in September 2020 is now closed. Details about the application process for Spring 2021 will be announced in October.

Information sessions for applicants

  • February--TBA
  • March--TBA

The application for Fall 2021 will be available below in October.

**Please note that we strongly encourage all applicants to use the Writing Center before applying to become a Fellow.**

  • Undergraduate students who have completed Writing Seminar are invited to apply in February. 
  • Undergraduate students who are taking Writing Seminar in Spring 2020 are invited to apply in March. 
  • Graduate students are invited to apply by early April.

Your application should consist of the following:

  1. A completed application form (which will be made available in October) with the following attached: 
    a. Your resume or c.v.
    b. A copy of your internal transcript from TigerHub (unofficial version as a pdf).
    c. A completed diagnostic exercise, based on a sample student paper, which will be posted here in January.
    d. An abstract for the paper you've written that you are most proud of. 
    e. A letter addressed to Dr. Creedon, Associate Director, Princeton Writing Center in which you:
    • discuss your strengths and weaknesses as an academic writer, which elements of academic writing you struggle with the most, which you have a good handle on, and how you hope to continue growing as a writer in the coming months/years.
    • discuss the process you engaged in to write the paper you are most proud of.  
    • draw on concrete experiences using the Writing Center and/or doing similar work to devise your own analogy for what you think being a Writing Center Fellow is or would be like (feel free to be creative here!). 

Application review and interviews take place each year during February, March, and April. Hiring decisions are typically made in early May. We’re grateful for your enthusiasm!

Questions? Contact Gen Creedon at gcreedon@princeton.edu.