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Tutor - Writing Center

Application Materials

Submit the following materials through Handshake or to
  1. A supplemental questionnaire in place of a cover letter.
  2. An academic writing sample 6-pages or longer.
  3. Unit 11 Form (in-person or through Handshake) in place of a resume.

*If Handshake only allows you to upload only one or two of these documents, please send them to


  • Enrollment in at least 1 unit at Cal State San Marcos
  • Completion of GEW101B or equivalent first-year writing course at another campus with a B or higher
  • Completion of at least two semesters of college-level coursework
  • Good academic standing


The Writing Center is staffed by undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of disciplines.
All consultants complete an intensive 10-hour training program and are eligible for certification through the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) tutor certification program.

If you are hired as a consultant, you will be required to complete a two-day training before the Writing Center opens for the semester as well as complete professional development opportunities throughout the semester.  

Training Dates: January 14 and 16

Interested in applying but not yet? 

Please email expressing your interest or if you have any questions. We do accept application packets year-round! 

About CSUSM - Writing Center

The Writing Center's mission is to be a welcoming learning environment where certified student consultants offer constructive guidance to all writers of all levels at all stages of the writing process. Through one-on-one or small group sessions, we discuss various strategies, instill confidence, provide resources, and encourage critical thinking.

We can work on any aspect of a piece of writing -- from the very beginning until just before it is done -- including but not limited to getting started, developing thesis statements, organizing ideas, revising and/or polishing. We do this by reviewing the prompt, asking guiding questions, and providing non-judgmental feedback.