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KNIGHT WRITERS Mentor Program | apply to work WITH a Mentor

Apply here to work with a dedicated writing tutor - a KNIGHT WRITING MENTOR - in weekly meetings throughout the semester.

  • PREREQUISITE: Enrollment in a FWS or another course with a substantial writing component.
  • DEADLINE: Applications accepted on a rolling basis, but preference given to those received by midterm.

During weekly meetings, KNIGHT WRITERS may work with students to:

• get started with an essay by reading and discussing writing assignments, evaluating research material, or brainstorming outlines.

• discuss and plan ways to shape coherent arguments, make strong use of evidence, work with appropriate citation conventions.

• consider questions about depth of analysis, organization, thesis statements, audience expectations, paragraph development, stylistics, or sentence structure.

• identify patterns among errors in grammar or usage and to develop effective strategies for their own line editing.

Topics of discussion may also include strategies for reading; the influence of language or cultural background on one’s approach to academic writing; and becoming familiar with campus resources and social networks. Above all, KNIGHT WRITERS work with students to develop a spirit of inquiry and a sense of empowerment through academic writing.


Contact Writing Worksohp Director Tracy Hamler Carrick at tracyhcarrick@cornell.edu with any questions.

PLEASE READ 

Carefully read the following KNIGHT WRITERS Mentor Agreement.

I understand that working with a writing mentor means a significant commitment to improving my writing. I will attend weekly meetings for one hour per week for the duration of the semester. I will be responsible for setting the agenda at these weekly meetings; that is, I realize that I am responsible for bringing and being prepared to discuss reading material, writing assignments, outlines, drafts, and/or any other course materials. By submitting this application, I am agreeing, if offered a placement with a KNIGHT WRITER, to attend and be prepared for weekly meetings, to be an active participant in my learning process, and to give my writing mentor consideration and respect.

 

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