If you enjoy writing, talking about writing, and helping other writers, then you should apply to be a WA! All majors are welcome.

WA assignments are for one semester only (mostly fall). However, WAs who perform satisfactorily and remain in good standing with CWP may remain on our roster until they graduate and will receive first consideration for any available assignments.

As a WA, you will spend an average of six hours a week (some weeks will be much busier) helping students from a variety of departments with their writing assignments. WAs are assigned to work with students in a specific course, and may also be assigned drop-in hours. You will also attend workshops and weekly staff meetings. WAs are paid a fixed stipend per semester. All new WAs are required to attend orientation, which will be held all-day on Sunday, August 27, 2023 of this year.


  • Responsibility
  • Discipline
  • Patience
  • The ability to communicate well in writing and in conversation


You’ll need to have the following things ready to apply:

  • Names (first and last) and e-mail addresses of three Lafayette professors who can attest to your writing ability, critical thinking, and/or interpersonal communication skills. Make sure you ask these faculty members if they will serve as a reference for you before including them in your application.
  • The class you took with each professor and the semester you took it
  • A brief (350 word max.) statement of interest explaining why you wish to become a WA. n this statement, you may want to explain why the job interests you, what you see as the importance of Writing Associates at Lafayette, how WAs help student writers, or what skills and/or experience you have that qualify you to become a WA.
  • A sample of your academic writing that you can upload as an MSWord document or PDF file (no other formats are acceptable). In general, we prefer to see samples of work you have written here at Lafayette. Assignments you have submitted for FYS or a writing-intensive (W) course are especially good choices. A good length would be about 5 pages (double-spaced), but papers that are a bit shorter or longer are fine.

When you have all your application materials ready, please click here to complete the online application. The application is due Sunday, March 26 at 11:59pm. Early submissions are encouraged.


Tim Laquintano

Director, CWP. Associate Professor, English. 305 Pardee Hall, X5236.

Bianca Falbo

Assistant Director, CWP. Associate Professor, English.

Emma Hetrick

Coordinator, CWP. 319A Pardee Hall, x 5233