NYU Writing Center, 411 Lafayette Street, Fourth Floor
Welcome to the Writing Center’s Writing Partners Program, a peer-tutoring initiative for multilingual and/or international undergraduates who are eager to develop their academic writing in English. Students in the Program meet for a weekly writing conference with an undergraduate peer tutor for roughly 8-10 appointments a semester. Please read the description below to see if the Writing Partners Program would be a good fit for you:
Who are the Writing Partners?
The Writing Partners are engaged and curious undergraduate writers with training in tutoring multilingual writers. They are good listeners, collaborators, and readers, who can help you work on what you want to say and how you want to say it.
What can I work on with my Writing Partner?
Writings Partners can work with you on any kind of writing—except exams—at any stage of the writing process. Here is just a sampling of the kinds of work you can do with your Partner: brainstorming, analyzing evidence, developing an argument, acquiring language and a deeper understanding of discourse conventions, structuring your essay, revising drafts, and gaining command over syntax and grammar.
How should I prepare for the meetings?
When you come to your meetings, remember to bring any materials that can help you and your Partner work on your draft, such as your assignment prompt, the texts you’re reading, and a printout out of whatever writing you have already completed. Please also bring something to write on, whether you prefer to write in a notebook or type on your laptop—you can expect to do a lot of writing during your conferences!
What if I don’t have any writing assignments this week? Can I cancel the meeting?
One of the benefits of the Writing Partners Program is that you are setting aside a dedicated hour each week to work on your writing. Even without an assignment due that week, you and your partner can think of many fruitful ways of working, such as looking at a course text together to practice close-reading, examining professional or student essays to discuss genre conventions, reviewing feedback from your professors, or building vocabulary through reading and conversation. We’re looking for undergraduate students eager to commit to the long-term relationship and to the long-term process of developing as writers, so if you think you really only need a few writing conferences a semester, then the Writing Center would be a better fit for you.
What are the attendance policies?
We ask that you commit to the weekly appointments for the semester. However, we understand that an unexpected conflict may come up. If you are unable to attend a session, please email your Partner and the Program (email@example.com) to let us know. If you miss two sessions without a documented medical excuse (or for religious holidays), we will take you off the schedule for the rest of the semester and give your appointment time to someone on the waitlist.
How do I sign up for the Program?
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a link to our “Letter of Interest” form. You should also logon to the Writing Center On-Line Scheduler (https://nyu.mywconline.com/) and give yourself an account name and password—you will need these to sign up for the Program.
Note that you will have a greater chance to secure a partnership if you contact us early in the semester, but you may send your request at any time: if we don’t have availabilities at that moment, we will put you on the waitlist.
Am I able to work with the same Partner next semester as well?
Students need to fill out a new “Letter of Interest” form each semester to continue in the Program, but once you do, you will be able to choose a meeting time and to select the Partner of your choice.
If you have any additional questions about the Writing Partners Program, please contact us at email@example.com. We look forward to working with you!