Writing Colleagues


As the name suggests, a Writing Colleague is a partner in learning through writing. A Colleague is not a tutor, editor, proofreader or evaluator. He or she lends support and acts as a sounding board for ideas. Writing Colleagues embark on an academic adventure with students and professors. Students themselves, Writing Colleagues are peers of the students in the class. Yet through teaching reading and writing, they are also colleagues of professors. A Colleague acts as an academic bridge between students and professors and, particularly for first-year students, provides an intellectual connection to college life.

A student first applies to the Writing Colleagues program by contacting the program director. Once accepted as a candidate colleague, the student enrolls in the Writing Colleagues seminar and, by earning a B or better, becomes a Writing Colleague. The colleague is then qualified to work with professors in a series of field placements, associated with courses the professor is teaching. Completion of the Writing Colleagues program is valuable preparation for work in teaching, law, journalism, public policy, advertising/marketing, public relations, and publishing.



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The Writing Colleagues program offers both a disciplinary and an interdisciplinary minor. Students who major in Writing and Rhetoric and minor in the Writing Colleagues program must have a second minor.


disciplinary, 6 courses

WRRH 335 Writing Colleagues seminar; two field placements, one of which must be a first-year seminar; three courses from the Writing Colleagues core or approved electives.


interdisciplinary, 6 courses

WRRH 335 Writing Colleagues seminar; two field placements, one of which must be a first-year seminar; one approved course from the social sciences or natural sciences; two additional courses from the Writing Colleagues core courses or approved electives.


Our students choose from a variety of introductory and advanced courses, each designed to help the creative process of writing/redrafting, rethinking, and reflecting.

Below are some of our most popular classes, as well as suggestions for making the Writing Colleague program a part of your larger interdisciplinary experience at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

WRRH 335 Writing Colleagues Seminar


This rigorous and writing intensive course is designed for students who plan to work in the Writing Colleagues Program. The course contains unique, challenging writing assignments while examining current theories of composition and rhetoric.

WRRH 351 The Science Beat


Learn how to write about science, in science journalism, and strengthen your research and writing skills. Produce weekly articles and read and discuss articles by major science writers. Next, study the translation between English and artificial languages by enrolling in PHIL 240 Symbolic Logic.

WRRH 490 Writing Colleague Field Placement


Writing Colleagues must enroll in WRRH 490 every semester they are in a course placement. In addition to attending their placements, helping professors develop writing assignments and activities, reading student essays, and working one-on-one with writers, Writing Colleagues enrolled in WRRH 490 must also attend monthly professional development meetings, meet bi-weekly with the WC Coordinator, submit a weekly WC journal, and to the community's writing culture through other writing assignments and activities.



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