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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.


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.

The KNIGHT WRITERS Mentoring Program is an 8- to 10-week program. Mentors typically begin holding meetings during the 5th week of the semester. Students seeking additional writing support should visit the Cornell Writing Centers.


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