Cultivating Voice: A Writing Tutor's Craft

Students who enroll in Cultivating Voice: A Writing Tutor's Craft are preparing to a) deeply examine their own writing process and listening process, and to b) unpack the sociopolitical implications of engaging with their own and others' voices.

Cultivating Voice: A Writing Tutor's Craft Course Description

This 2-credit course combines a seminar with a practicum to prepare students to become peer tutors at Evergreen's Writing Centers on the Tacoma or Olympia Campus. In seminar, we will explore tutoring theories, examine the role of a peer tutor, develop effective tutoring practices, and address working with writers across significant differences. In the practicum, students will observe peer tutoring and graduate to supervised tutoring. This year the Writing Center is expanding our services to support and cultivate the strengths of Spanish-speaking writers. Therefore, we additionally welcome applicants who are bilingual in English and Spanish. 


Enrollment in Cultivating Voice: A Writing Tutor's Craft is by application only. You will be asked to write a letter of application and to include writing samples. Email your application to yannons@evergreen.eduApplications for Cultivating Voice are due Friday, March 5th (Week 9) by 3:00 pm, PST.

Timeline for becoming a tutor

Not everyone who takes this class will wish to become a tutor at the Writing Center. For those who do wish to become tutors, here is a timeline to describe the path: 

  • Winter quarter of this academic year:
    • Apply to the 2-credit spring course week 8. Cultivating Voice: A Writing Tutor's Craft.
    • Upon receipt of an acceptance email, join the class (you will receive further instructions on how to do this in the acceptance email).
  • Spring quarter of this academic year: 
    • Take the class weeks 1-10. Complete the course work over the quarter and learn about tutoring!
    • Week 10 interviews. Interview for a tutoring position with the Director, Assistant Director, and another staff member. 
    • Offers sent Eval week. Respond to an offer for employment for the coming fall. 
  • Fall quarter of next academic year:  
    • Fall, Orientation week. Do your employee training with us at our mandatory (and sometimes fun) 1-3 day staff training retreat. 
    • Fall, weeks 1-10: Begin your journey as a tutor! We hire tutors in spring with the expectation that they will tutor for the whole year, but if you need to leave to Study Abroad or if you're graduating mid-year, we can usually accommodate that. There is continued training for tutors throughout the year. At the end of fall quarter, you have a brief interview to confirm that you will stay on to be a permanent tutor.

We hope that Cultivating Voice leaves you confident in your next moves, whether you plan to use the theory and techniques you learned in Cultivating Voice to support you on your journey in further academics or in your career, or whether you apply to become a writing tutor.  


These readings are typically included in the Cultivating Voice syllabus for Olympia and Tacoma Campuses.