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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. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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, and we actively seek students from all academic disciplines. Entry into the class does not guarantee a position as a writing tutor.

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 5:00 PM on Friday, March 4th (Week 9).

Cultivating Voice application [PDF]

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.