The Writing Center is not only a place to grow as a writer, but also a place to learn about writing education.  We are a community of over 40 undergraduate and graduate tutors who believe writing matters and who are always pushing ourselves to learn more about writing and writing education.  As a center for writing on campus, we seek to advance our understanding of social theories of writing, writing processes, linguistic and cultural differences that inform the practice of writing, and more.


To join us as a writing tutor intern, undergraduates need to apply for and complete a two-semester course sequence on writing pedagogy: ENGLISH 329H, Tutoring Writing: Theory & Practice, in the fall and ENGLISH 298H, Practicum: Tutoring in the Writing Center, in the spring.  These courses are a rigorous introduction to social theories of writing and research on writing processes, disciplinary writing norms, and diverse cultural literacies.  Mid-way through the fall, tutor interns work two hours per week in the Writing Center, and the spring practicum involves four hours of tutoring per week.  Writing tutors are responsible for working with writers in 45-minute tutorial sessions, engaging in ongoing learning about writing and writing education, and assisting with campus outreach.  Those who complete both courses with a grade of B or higher are then invited to continue on as paid writing tutors.

Enrollment in these courses is highly competitive.  All majors are invited to apply to be tutors. To apply for a seat in English 329H, please send the following application materials to

Priority Deadline: April 4, 2014. Applications received after this date will be considered depending on the number of available seats in 329H.


The Writing Center is hiring graduate tutors for 2014-2015. Writing tutors work with writers in 45-minute tutorial sessions, engage in ongoing professional development about writing and writing education, and assist with campus outreach like faculty and instructor workshops. Graduate writing tutors can work up to five hours per week and must be able to work either a Sunday or evening shift.

Qualifications: Coursework and/or teacher-training in composition pedagogy; experience tutoring or teaching college student writers; and a desire to participate in tutor workshops on composition pedagogy. Preference will be given to those applicants who have taken a university course on composition and/or writing center pedagogy.

TO APPLY, please send a brief letter of interest about your interest in writing education and your relevant experience, a CV, and the contact information of a course director or professor who can speak to your potential as a writing tutor. Please send application to Rebecca Lorimer Leonard, Writing Center Director, at writingcenter@acad.umass.eduApplication deadline: March 28, 2014.  Select applicants will be invited to an interview in early April.

The Writing Center is hiring for the position of Assistant Director for the 2014-2015 academic year (with possibility for renewal in 2015-2016). This position offers hands-on experience in writing program administration and is an opportunity to tutor student writers, provide support for a large staff of undergraduate and graduate student tutors, and participate in the Center’s ongoing development. 


Qualifications: Experience tutoring in a Writing Center is required; preference will be given to those who have experience tutoring in the UMass Writing Center. Also desired are

The Assistant Director position is a full-time TO position, a 20-hour-per-week responsibility that requires at least one evening and Friday shifts, all of which take place during the Center’s open hours. 

TO APPLY, send a letter that explains your qualifications, experience, and interest in writing centers; a CV; and contact information for a reference who can comment on your tutoring, teaching, and knowledge about writing education. Please send application to Rebecca Lorimer Leonard, Writing Center Director, at writingcenter@acad.umass.eduApplication deadline: March 28, 2014.

More About the Work of Writing Tutors

The following are links to journals and databases that contain information on Writing Center studies and related fields. 

Praxis - An online Writing Center journal.

Writing Center Journal Archives - Contains links to WCJ articles up to 2004

Writing Lab Newsletter Archives - Contains links to archived issues of the WLN from 1977 - 2011


Fall 2014 Hours
Sunday 2pm - 6pm
Monday 10am - 9pm
Tuesday 10am - 9pm
Wednesday 10am - 9pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 2pm

We are located in the northwest corner of the W.E.B. DuBois Library's Learning Commons.