Developing Better Writers

Take on an active writing facilitator role as a Writing Colleague. You’ll serve as a bridge between faculty and students in a designated course by helping develop course materials, providing feedback related to student writing and helping students with their writing process. Regardless of your major, you can apply to be a Writing Colleague and use the experience toward a writing colleagues minor. Whether it’s walking through the brainstorming process or revising a first or second draft, you can help improve your fellow students’ writing. In the process, you will become a better, more engaged writer yourself.

Student Spotlight Taking it All In

Jackson Mischler '24

Jackson Mischler '24

Since arriving at the Colleges, Jackson has embraced the HWS experience - meeting new people, taking courses in new subjects and discovering downtown Geneva. During his first year, Jackson was also nominated for the First-Year Writing Prize and landed a spot as a Writing Colleague.

Experiential Education Explore the Possibilities

experiental learning

At HWS, Writing Colleagues, and students more broadly, have multiple ways to engage their passion for writing. Work as an editor for The Herald or participate in writers workshops with the Trias Writer in Residence. Volunteer with America Reads to help local children build their literacy skills or with the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva through the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning.

Writing Colleagues often transfer their experience to the Writing Fellows program with the Center for Teaching and Learning. A paid position, Writing Fellows help students from across disciplines hone their writing process.

At Hobart and William Smith, learning goes beyond textbooks and classrooms. You’ll gain high-impact practical experience that deepens learning and opens doors, such as working as a social media intern for the Seneca Review or working as a summer research assistant with professors in the Writing and Rhetoric department.

Global Education

No Borders: Global Education

Study travel writing in Rome or cultural production in Ireland.

Wherever you go, our top-ranked global education program will allow you to apply classroom knowledge, develop cultural understanding and build global connections that expand your personal capacity and sense of purpose.

Global Education

Belonging, Diversity and Equity

Because writers arrive with a unique set of lived experiences and unique relationships to standardized academic English, Writing Colleagues support ways of knowing and writing that are based in a diverse set of language and cultural traditions and practices.

What this means is that Writing Colleagues meet you where you are. Whether or not you’re confident in your abilities as a first-year student or you’re finalizing a sociology research project for Senior Symposium week, Writing Colleagues seek to understand “the who” that comes through in your writing.

In order to feel a sense of belonging, each of us must be heard and understood through the ways we communicate, and it is through these expressions that Writing Colleagues find ways to support both developing as well as more experienced writers as they seek to become who they want to be.

Explore a diverse set of theories and paths in the Writing Colleagues program.

  • WRRH 335 Writing Colleagues Seminar

    Read and discuss scholarship pertaining to linguistic diversity, multilingual writers, and the emerging scholarship on curriculum-based peer tutors in this entry course into the Writing Colleagues program.

  • WRRH 351 The Science Beat

    Strengthen your science writing skills by producing weekly articles and reading and discussing science articles by major science writers.

  • WRRH 490 Writing Colleague Field Placement

    Develop yourself as a Writing Colleague by being placed in a course and working with faculty to develop writing activities, reading student essays and working with student writers.

  • WRRH 328 Small Press Book Publishing

    Help publish a book through engaging in the acquisitions editorial process.

Alum Impact

Mary Warner '21
Master of Arts in Professional Writing, Carnegie Mellon

Major: English
Minor: Writing Colleagues Program

"I wouldn't be going to graduate school if it wasn't for the fantastic faculty in the English department and the Writing Colleagues program. The professors at HWS really care about their students and are so supportive, as is the broader campus community. I am so grateful that I had the chance to pursue my interests, gain an interdisciplinary education, and challenge myself while at the Colleges. I have also loved working as a student writer at the Office of Communications, which has been such a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience."

Companies that employ our graduates:

  • AmeriCorps
  • Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA Travel & Service Programs
  • CBS
  • Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP
  • ESPN
  • Exploration Summer Programs
  • Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Islesboro Central School
  • Massachusetts Campus Compact
  • Merkley + Partners
  • Micro Precision Group
  • Newton Public Schools
  • Palgrave Macmillan
  • Teach for America
  • US Department of Education
  • Vail Resorts

Universities where our students are studying

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • California State University, Stanislaus
  • Columbia
  • Emerson College
  • SUNY Buffalo
  • Northwestern
  • Oregon State University
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Denver
  • John Hopkins University
  • University of Montana