Writing Center

Becoming a Writing Tutor




  • Tutoring a wide range of students from across the college, approximately 10 hours a week, to help them strengthen all aspects of their writing. 
  • Working with international students for whom English is a second language. 
  • Visiting classes to promote use of the Writing Center.



  • Solid academic standing and strong writing abilities, particularly in expository genres.
  • Successful completion of Academic Writing I or II, Introduction to the Essay, or Ithaca Seminar in Writing; sophomore standing. Students need not be majors or minors, but additional writing courses beyond the 100-level, especially Argument, are preferred.
  • Strong commitment to helping other students become more effective writers.
  • Personal qualities conducive to one-on-one conferences, including a friendly, approachable manner; patience; good listening abilities; and a sense of maturity and responsibility.



Applications for Fall 2013 will be accepted starting Wednesday, March 20, and must be submitted by Friday, April 12 at 5:00 PM. Pick up an application in the Writing Center (Smiddy 107) or download it from Documents at your left. A completed application will include a detailed letter of intent, a résumé, and two expository writing samples, preferably with sources. Applications may be turned in at Smiddy 107 or emailed to Professor Joan Marcus at jmarcus@ithaca.edu. The strongest candidates will then be asked to complete a series of exercises and to schedule an interview.

For additional information, contact:

Jim Stafford, Smiddy 413, 274-5145, jstafford@ithaca.edu













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