Writing Program

Courses in the Writing Program are geared to writers in many different fields, and the program employs University of Chicago graduate students from all fields: humanities, social sciences, and the sciences. The program’s Web site describes training requirements, applications procedures, and the available positions: Library and Dormitory Writing Tutors, Interns in the Humanities Common Core, and Lectors in Advanced Academic and Professional Writing (affectionately called the Little Red School House).

Graduate students must undergo training in order to take positions as writing interns, tutors, or lectors. Training consists of twenty to thirty hours of class preparation and thirty hours of classroom work. Please note that this training does not count toward divisional fellowships that have a teaching service obligation. Students should consult with their director of graduate studies regarding the best year of study for taking advantage of training and further possibilities for teaching writing for which this training is a preparation.

There are two different versions of the program depending on teaching appointment: Academic and Professional Writing lectors train in autumn quarter in “Principles of Teaching Writing” (English 50300); College Core tutors, Humanities Core writing interns, art writing interns, and departmental course assistants train in the spring or summer quarter in ‘Pedagogies of Writing” (HUMA 50000). Enrollment in the spring and summer is limited; please contact the Writing Program to determine whether a place will be available in the quarter of choice.