Apply to Become a Writing Consultant

Becoming a Writing Consultant

If you're interested in seeking a position at the Writing Center, but you want to know what the job is like, what it requires of you, and how you go about applying, browse the table below with Quick Facts or visit the Frequently Asked Questions link below.

Special Projects GA, Accepting Applications:

The Writing Center is looking for a Graduate Writing Consultant Assistant: Special Project in Social Justice in Writing (SPGA)

This 9 month Special Project Graduate Assistant (SPGA) position is an academic year full-time (20 hours per week) graduate assistantship.

  • Click here to view position description
  • Click here for application
  • Click here to learn more about consulting writers
  • Click here to learn more about face-to-face consultations



Who can apply to become a writing consultant?

(If you still have questions, click Consultant Qualifications to learn more)

Anyone enrolled in classes at GVSU.

We hire undergraduate students, graduate students, students from any major, students with any language background (with expert experience in English), students with diverse interests -- as long as you enjoy talking about writing!

What do I need to include with my application?

(If you still have questions, click Frequently Asked Questions to learn more)

The application, which will be available when the hiring season begins, will include your academic qualifications, your availability, your major/minor information (including expected graduation date), and answers to proposed short answer questions related to writing center work. 

We also require writing samples (that showcase your academic writing experience and your personal writing style) and professor recommendations

Where can I find the application to become a writing consultant & Where can I find out more information about the job?

(If you still have questions, click Frequently Asked Questions to learn more)

The application to become a writing consultant will be posted online when the hiring season begins (Winter Semester). But if you have questions about the process at all, feel free to visit our LOH 120 location or call us at 616-331-2922. 

When should I apply?

The Writing Center makes all of our hiring decisions in the winter semester. If you are hired, you would be expected to work the following Fall/Winter academic year. So, if you're interested in applying, check our website or visit the Writing Center during the winter semester for updates

Why would I want to apply to become a writing consultant? 

(If you still have questions, click Frequently Asked Questions to learn more)

Writing consultants do honorable work -- they learn how to help people become more confident in their abilities to think, write, and express themselves. The work is dynamic and challenging, and writing consultants walk away with invaluable skills which reach far beyond the work in the Writing Center. 

Past consultants have taken their skills into many areas of post-graduate work:

Graduate School: Master's & PhD programs

Academic Positions: Libraries, Writing Centers, Learning Centers, Schools, After-School Programs, etc. 

Professional Positions: Copy writing, Insurance, Public Relations, Non-Profit work, Health Professions, Social Work, etc.

Travel Opportunities & Fellowships: many of our consultants take their skills abroad, as well!

Forms & More Information


  • Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year are due March 17th, 2017
    • Download an application here.


  • If you want more in-depth questions with more developed answers about the application, the position, the work of a writing consultant, and the process of learning how to be a consultant, click: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 


  • If you have just been hired, please read this article before coming to orientation & visit  WRT 306 to learn about our training class for the Fall. 





Have other questions? Stop in and visit! Or call us at 331-2922.

Page last modified April 21, 2017