Cultivating Voice

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About Cultivating Voice: A Writing Tutor’s Craft

Students interested in becoming a peer writing tutor are required to take a two-credit course, Cultivating Voice: A Writing Tutor’s Craft, offered every Spring at the Olympia and Tacoma campuses. 

Cultivating Voice combines readings, reflective writing, seminar, and a practicum to prepare students to become peer tutors in the Writing Centers. In seminar, students explore tutoring theories, examine the role of a peer tutor, and develop effective tutoring practices. In the practicum, students will observe peer tutoring and graduate to supervised tutoring. The course also will address racial and social justice in serving and working with a diverse group of writers.

This class is a prerequisite for becoming a tutor in either Writing Center, but we welcome students interested in applying these skills to other fields. Students interested in becoming tutors should have completed at least one quarter at Evergreen prior to taking Cultivating Voice. We actively seek students from all academic disciplines. Entry into the class does not guarantee a position as a writing tutor. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information. 

¡Necesitamos Tutores!  
If you are a Spanish speaker and would consider yourself at a conversational level, and you are interested in creating an on-campus community that supports and cultivates the strengths of being multilingual, please apply to Cultivating Voice!
This year, the Writing Center is piloting a program to better serve multilingual students and more specifically, to serve students who are Spanish speakers. Students who are interested in tutoring through this program do not need to be “perfect” speakers or writers of Spanish, just as tutors of English don’t need to be “perfect” speakers or writers of English in order to facilitate excellent peer-tutoring sessions. Students who wish to participate in our pilot program should apply for Cultivating Voice: A Writing Tutor’s Craft. You will receive specific instruction for how to tutor within this pilot program in Cultivating Voice.

Cultivating Voice 2018 Application [PDF]

We are currently accepting applications for Cultivating Voice! Applications can be downloaded here or picked up in person at the front desk of the Writing Center. Completed applications are due back to the front desk by 5 pm on Monday, March 12th (Week 10).

Suggested readings for CV:

Olympia campus students: You can make an appointment to talk with a tutor or contact the Director Sandy Yannone ( to get more information.

Tacoma campus students: Come by the Tacoma campus Writing Center or email the Director Sandy Yannone ( to get more information.