The Writing Center, part of the Academic Success Center’s ASC) tutoring program, offers free peer tutoring to UMBC students for writing assignments in all UMBC courses, including creative writing. Peer tutors can also assist with application essays, personal statements, and resumes, though we highly recommend that students first visit the Career Center for help with job-related materials.

Students interested in becoming Writing Center tutors may submit materials to the Writing Center Director, Elaine MacDougall, by emailing her at Interested candidates must include a letter of recommendation (preferably from a college professor) and a writing sample. The Director will first contact students for an interview, then grant permission for students to take ENGL 321, a 4-credit course that teaches aspects of identity in writing, writing center theory and practice, and peer tutoring methods.

While taking the course, students work as interns in the Writing Center. After successfully completing the course, students are hired by the ASC as paid writing tutors. Students may also take additional tutor training through the ASC’s nationally recognized CRLA Tutor Certification Program. All ASC tutors must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above. Please reach out if you are interested!