Training to become a peer writing tutor

At the information event, we will introduce you to the process and content of the training. You will also have the opportunity to talk to the current peer writing tutors and clarify your questions.

The meeting for the start of the training during the winter semester 2023-24 will take place online on August 14, 2023, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

You can register now at studentische.schreibberatung(at)upb(dot)de.


The training runs over two semesters and consists of three modules. While you learn theoretically and practically about the writing process, the didactics of academic writing and how to conduct peer consultations in the seminars "Prozessorientierte Schreibdidaktik" (Process-Oriented Didactics of Writing) and "Beratung auf Augenhöhe" (Counseling at Eye Level), the practical phase gives you the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in real counseling situations, to reflect on them and to deepen them individually.

Modules of the training

Seminar "Prozessorientierte Schreibdidaktik und Peer-Beratung" (during winter semester, workload 90h)

  • Get to know the writing process, writing development and models, try out methods for shaping the writing process,
  • reflecting on one's own writing, learning about and appreciating individual writing strategies,
  • giving feedback on texts, feedback attitude
  • Tasks and attitude in peer writing consultation.

Seminar "Beratung auf Augenhöhe - Gespräche gestalten und steuern" (during summer semester, workload 90h)

  • Examine different approaches to counseling, basic attitude in counseling
  • get to know the counseling process in more detail, design phases of conversations, try out and internalize counseling methods and techniques,
  • getting to know the role in peer counseling, questioning one's own understanding of counseling.

Practical phase (70h + 1h)

  • Hospitations in counseling sessions,
  • conduct own intervised counseling sessions,
  • in-depth self-study and preparation of the final portfolio, which serves as the basis for the final colloquium.
  • Individual adaptation is possible by arrangement.

The training is open to all students of the University of Paderborn. If you are interested in writing, would like to further your education in the field of consulting, or are generally interested in working as a peer writing tutor, this is the right place for you. At the same time, the training also opens up the possibility for you to apply as a student writing consultant at the "Kompetenzzentrum Schreiben" (or the writing center of another university).

Important: Unfortunately, we only offer the training in German.

The benefits of becoming a peer writing tutor are many and varied. In the following we have listed the central aspects:

  • You can benefit for your own writing.
  • You can benefit in the area of conversation.
  • You can benefit for your studies and beyond.
  • Upon completion of the training, you will receive a certificate that you can use for your application to writing centers or applications in general.

If you have any questions about the training or would like to register, please feel free to contact Susan Holtfreter.