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TCU Writing Associates Program

Our Writing Associates Program is temporarily suspended for the duration of fall semester 2021, due to COVID-19 concerns and recommended practices. If you would like more information about working with a writing associate in the classes you teach in future semesters, please contact Director Dr. Steve Sherwood at or Assistant Director Ms. Cheryl Carithers at

Originally funded by a 2006 Vision in Action grant, TCU’s Writing Associates Program is now administered by the William L. Adams Center for Writing. The program dedicates a writing associate (a trained undergraduate or graduate student) to a class in any discipline that heavily emphasizes writing instruction. The professor and writing associate work together to help students improve their writing skills. The center assigns consultants to undergraduate classes across all disciplines, based on faculty requests and available staff. Writing associates, who also serve as peer writing consultants for the Center for Writing, receive extensive training from us as well as mentoring from the professors with whom they work. The associates meet with students from their assigned classes during their regular tutoring hours in the Main Center.

The primary mission of a writing associate is instructional rather than editorial. A writing associate will respond to writing in ways that help students to become more aware of their strengths and to learn to overcome any weaknesses. Writing associates do not grade papers for professors; rather, they support the course outcomes the professors set forth.