During my undergraduate and graduate studies, I tutored other students as a Writing Tutor. In both positions, I completed extensive training and testing in order to assist peers in improving their writing, locate useful writing resources, develop their ideas, and properly attribute sources. This experience has helped me understand different ways of thinking and how to ask questions that will help other writers clarify their communication and ideas rather than making them a mouthpiece for my own ideas or words.
I also led structured writing groups through Indiana University’s Campus Writing Program in AY 2017-2018. In this capacity, I adapted and added to an existing curriculum and resources to create a set of readings, activities, and prompts to help other graduate students stay motivated and focused on their writing goals, feel supported by colleagues, and deal strategically with other problems related to their work as junior scholars. I led Dissertation Writing Groups and Journal Article Writing Groups. For the former, we utilized a large collection of excerpts, web-based resources, and more across fields and genres, to inform ourselves, inspire each other, and maintain sustainable and effective habits. For the latter, we used Wendy Laura Belcher's book Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success, which I highly recommend!
Now, I incorporate writing activities and support into class sessions, make resources available to students in an online toolkit, and encourage students to make use of resources on- and off-campus, like writing tutors and peer writing buddies. I also work with students one-on-one, as needed, to help them grow as writers.