Collaborative Writing Consultancy

The Collaborative Writing Consultancy provides College of Education graduate students with a writing tutor who can assist with academic writing: to revise, discuss and offer a one-to-one “workshop” setting as you prepare your papers. This is a collaborative process, requiring both student and tutor to improve the content of your paper.


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Carrie Aldrich is a second year PhD student in the Language, Literacy and Culture Program.  She has an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Secondary English Education from Indiana University.  She has taught a variety of literacy-based courses at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. In addition to her work at the CWC, she is teaching a course called Language and Learning through the College of Education. She has been collaborating with writers for over 13 years. 

Amanda Gallogly is a doctoral student in the Language, Literacy and Culture Program. She has an MSW and a BA in English and Spanish literature, all from the University of Iowa. After her undergraduate program, she spent ten years living in Santiago, Chile, where she provided ESL, translation, and interpretation services through her own consulting agency. She has extensive experience preparing clients to present at international conferences and ready their articles for publication in a variety of English-medium academic journals. She collaborates with writers at both the Writing Center at the English-Philosophy Building and the CWC.

Angie Miller is a student of the MAT English Education program. She received her BA in English in 2013 from the University of Iowa. Although she is working towards a secondary English classroom, her passion for teaching writing extends to elementary students as well. Currently, she works with young writers in Willowwind School's creative writing club, where she also works in the Montessori preschool. Angie also has experience teaching English abroad in Guatemala. 

Brittany Hogendorn is a Secondary English M.A.T. student also receiving an ESL endorsement. She has a Bachelor's in Journalism from the University of Iowa. After graduating from Iowa in 2008, she worked as a freelance journalist in Iowa City, Chicago, and Seattle before moving to Busan, South Korea, where she taught ESL at a public middle school. Outside of teaching, she has also volunteered and provided private ESL lessons to youth and adults in South Korea, Cambodia, and the United States.


Statement of Purpose

The UI’s College of Education’s Collaborative Writing Consultancy provides graduate students with a writing tutor who can assist with academic writing: to revise, discuss and offer a one-to-one “workshop” setting as you prepare your papers. This is a collaborative process, requiring both student and tutor to improve the content of your paper. We will accomplish this in the following ways:

  1. Make appointments with a writing tutor during your writing process: planning the idea, outlining, organizing, writing the thesis, adding researched material, etc. When the tutor is familiar with your writing, style, and assignment, you will have a successful tutoring session.
  2. Recognize that you “own” your writing; it is your responsibility to revise your paper with your tutor’s guidance. The tutor will not be able to write the paper for you!
  3. Encourage yourself to meet with a tutor more than once for the same paper as it moves from draft to finished piece.
  4. As you participate in the College of Education’s Collaborative Writing Consultancy you will become more confident with your academic writing, and work toward more writing independence.

Not all students will be able to bring papers to the CWC at the beginning writing stages. But the CWC expects you to bring the assignment and specific questions to your first session. The tutor will work collaboratively with you to help you improve the overall plan and content of the paper, offer ideas for developing the work, and then make a follow-up appointment.

The tutor acts as a catalyst to prompt you to recognize areas in which your writing needs developing or improving. Tutoring is a collaborative process that works best when both parties understand the writing goal. Progress in reaching those writing goals is best observed during multiple tutoring sessions.

We offer sessions in 25- and 55-minute time slots. Students cannot make more than two appointments in one week. The Collaborative Writing Consultancy is not an editing service; it is not a place to “drop off” papers and have them “fixed.” Rather, your collaborative sessions will enable you to become a better writer of papers appropriate for graduate study and publication.