The Writing Fellows Program

Bard’s Writing Fellows are tutors who read the first substantial drafts of student papers and hold conferences to suggest revisions for every paper assigned in the class that they tutor (usually representing a minimum of 25-pages per semester). The purpose of this program, in which peer tutors are dedicated to specific courses, is to facilitate the oft-repeated desire by professors to get better essays from students, while preparing the students to write and revise stronger senior projects. While teachers tend to talk about the writing and revision process only in freshman academic writing courses, research reveals the formidable advantages to exploring the writing process in all disciplines. Students are more likely to be engaged in classes when they receive regular feedback.

To request a Writing Fellow for your course, contact Director Jim Keller at keller@bard.edu.

Guidelines for Working with a Writing Fellow
Optional Paragraph for Syllabus on Working with a Writing Fellow
Student Evaluation of Writing Fellows Form

Resources for Faculty

Writing is central to the Bard curriculum, and we encourage faculty from all programs to incorporate the teaching of writing into their courses. There are also many ways to use writing to deepen the learning experience of students. The documents below have emerged from our work with faculty in recent years. If you have questions about anything you find here, or if you wish to talk specifically about the uses of writing in your class, don’t hesitate to contact Jim Keller, director of the Learning Commons, at keller@bard.edu, or Philip Pardi, director of college writing, at pardi@bard.edu.

Bringing Writing Into the Classroom
Nine Ways to Spend a Class on Writing