Writing Center Cohort Training

Writing Center Cohort Training is a group oriented professional development program that allows cohorts of scholars the opportunity to dig deeper into Writing Center Administration. The program is designed for those interested in learning the fundamental theories and pedagogies in writing center administration. It is taught by the experienced and well published researchers in the Rhetoric and Composition Program at Georgia State University. The largest rhetoric and composition program in the U.S. southeast, this program offers trainees focused and expedited training as well as hands-on practice in writing center design and administration, writing program design and administration, and composition theory and pedagogy. The small group setting of the program provides trainees with plenty of opportunities to interact with the faculty and allows it to cater to the specific needs of the trainees. The program can be custom designed to address your institution’s unique context and program design contingencies.

Participants Must

  • Hold a master’s or Ph.D. Master’s, Ph.D., and Postdoc students are welcome.
  • Meet J-1 visa requirements, including English language proficiency and proof of financial support.


  • Seminars in Writing Center research and praxis
    guest speakers in ESL and Writing Studies.
  • Visits to area Writing Centers.
  • Hands-on administrator and tutor training.

Languages Enhancement

Writing Center Cohort training optionally includes Intensive English Program course(s) focusing on writing and oral communication as well as weekly individual/group tutoring sessions. Program participants also have access to MANGO and the Center for International Resources and Collaborative Language Engagement (CIRCLE) making language-learning software available to the scholars.

Cross-Cultural Experiences

  • Visits to Atlanta attractions using CityPASSes (Ticket books) provided by the program
  • Travel opportunities within the region and across the United States
  • Weekly cultural events coordinated by the Intensive English Program
  • Monthly Lunch and Learn with the Faculty Mentoring Program
  • Access to numerous campus events

Program Coordination & Services

Georgia State University’s Office of International Initiatives will coordinate Writing Center Cohort Training with the visiting scholar and/or the international institution’s relevant office and Georgia State host departments. Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordination of admission and visa application (English language proficiency interviews, International Student and Scholar Services application and fees, invitation letters, etc.).
  • Logistical support for airport pick-up and drop-off.
  • Orientation and farewell events.
  • Program evaluations and final program report to sponsoring institution if needed.
  • Access to university resources and services including, Library, Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning & Online Education, and language software.
  • Visits to attractions including The Coca-Cola Museum, and the Georgia Aquarium.

Optional Services:

  • Intensive English Program course(s) and weekly individual and group tutoring sessions
  • Recreation Center access

Please Note: Airfare, visa fees, and mandatory medical insurance are not included. Housing may be included based on program configuration. Applying to the program does not guarantee the issuance of a visa. Issuance of a visa is managed by the U.S. Department of State.

Program Cost & Duration

This is a customizable program. Please request a quote based on your group’s needs. For more information, please contact [email protected].

​​Click here to view the Writing Center Cohort Training Flyer.

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