What are we? A place for all UMaine community members to workshop and professionalize their projects.
We provide one-on-one tutorials across all UMaine college disciplines and genres, in writing, reading, and public speaking. We support document design projects (websites, online portfolios, PowerPoint presentations, Linkedin accounts), grants, proposals, resumes and research projects.
Where are we? Online only for spring semester 2020…
But, traditionally, find us in the Writing Center: room 402, Neville Hall.
After 5PM, we hold tutorials in the group study room behind the reference desk on the first floor of Fogler Library. We also have satellite locations in 138 Estabrooke Hall in the Honors College, and in Room 312 of the Multicultural Center in the Memorial Union.
Who are we? We currently have fifteen tutors who major/minor in a range of CLAS disciplines.
Twelve are peer-tutors: UMaine undergraduate students who were nominated to train as writing consultants in an intensive semester-long internship.
Three are English Language Learner (ELL) tutors: professional faculty who have been trained to work with multilingual writers.
Any student can schedule with any tutor. They are all trained in workshopping writing conventions and academic prose across genres. See our About the Tutors page to view our online portfolios, writing samples, and subject specializations.
What You Should Bring
- Your ideas
- Rubrics (if it’s an assignment)
- Any texts you’re referencing
- Drafts of what you have so far
We work with you at any stage of your drafting process. So bring us nothing but a prompt so we can brainstorm together. OR bring us your final polished piece, so we can “oooh” and “aaah” together.
The Fringe Benefits
Do you have to pay? No, services are free for all UMaine community members!
Will we just edit your essay? No, but we work with you so that you can do it yourself.
Are all tutors English majors? No, but they all have similarly intense writing intensive training.
Can you work with the same tutor? As long as their hours fit with your schedule. But multiple pairs of eyes help!
Apply to Work as a Peer-Tutor
If you’d like to apply for a paid peer-tutoring position, this entails taking ENG 395, a three-credit writing and reading intensive internship where we train in rigorous peer-review. ENG 395 is only offered in the fall with the expectation that upon successful completion you’ll begin tutoring in the spring.
If you’re interested, please request a brief letter of recommendation from a professor who is familiar with your work. In addition, please send two writing samples that represent your adaptability in dissimilar genres. Please also send your resume.
After reading your submissions, Writing Center Director, Paige Mitchell, will schedule a brief online interview.
Due to COVID-19 circumstances: Applications are now due around the end of May or early June. Please submit materials or any questions directly to our Writing Center Director: Paige Mitchell: firstname.lastname@example.org.