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Writing Partnerships

A Writing Partnership is a semester-long writing tutorial that focuses on the individual needs of a writer. A partnership gives a student the opportunity to work with a trained peer on writing assignments in any or all of the writer's courses and at any stage of the writing process.

bowdoin students working on a paper

Writers may meet with their Writing Partners as often as they like, although a regular meeting yields the best results. Some students prefer to work solely on completed drafts of their papers.  Others benefit from several conferences that guide them from the first step of brainstorming ideas to planning a draft to revising through the final stages of proofreading and editing.

Students interested in working with a Writing Partner should speak with a Dean of Student Affairs and ask for a referral to the Writing Project, or they may contact the Director of the Writing Project directly. Partnerships begin early in the semester so that the partners have time to develop a productive working relationship and can focus on the writer's process as well as particular papers.

Diana and Walt

"[My Writing Assistant] has been very helpful for me this semester. I feel that I have improved my writing. Meeting with her to discuss ideas really helped me to strengthen my arguments."
(Writer, Spring 2004)

"My writing partnership went really well. [My Writing Assistant] is just GREAT!! She helped me improve my writing a lot and she is always available, patient and considerate."
(Writer, Spring 2004)

"...it's nice to be able to just walk down the hall and spend an hour helping her and talking things over."
(Writing Assistant, Spring 2004)

"The greatest benefit is having students take seriously the drafting process…students are placed in a position of stepping back from their papers, which they tend not to do without this kind of guidance/expectation."
(Writing Assistant, 1999)