All new employees of the University Center for Writing-based Learning
(UCWbLers) are selected after completing a rigorous application process.
All new UCWbLers begin their work at the UCWbL as either a Writing
The UCWbL trains all UCWbLers to develop the skills necessary to be
effective peer writing tutors and to be prepared for work as Writing
Center Tutors, Writing Fellows, and in other capacities at the UCWbL.
In each quarter after your first term, you will be assigned peer
writing tutor roles—Writing Center Tutor, Writing Fellow, Writing
Groups Leader—based on program demands, your schedule, the number
of hours you request, and your availability.
After their first quarter of work, nearly all UCWbLers take on
additional peer writing tutor roles.
Tutors work with writers from diverse backgrounds and programs, at
many levels of ability and experience, and in a variety of genres.
Working as a Writing Center Tutor
The Writing Center offers assistance to DePaul students, faculty,
staff, and alumni at a number of physical locations and online. The
Writing Center maintains two full-time offices on DePaul's Loop and
Lincoln Park campuses, as well as a library outposts on the Lincoln Park campus. Online services include real-time conferencing with IM/webcam, Written Feedback, and Chat with a Tutor.
Working as a Writing Fellow
Fellows work closely all quarter with a group of approximately 10
students in a writing-intensive course, under the guidance of a
professor who has chosen to participate in the program. During each of
two paper cycles, Fellows read drafts, write comments on them, return
them, and hold individual conferences, face to face or online in
realtime with students.