Summer 2020
News and updates
WriteAway support during COVID-19, an update on tutor training, welcoming new institutions, and more!
WriteAway's COVID-19 Response
WriteAway moved quickly to expand capacity in the move to remote instruction as a result of COVID-19. Student submissions increased over 40% in the initial transition to remote instruction and institutions added 246 hours of tutoring to help meet the increased student demand.

For May-August 2020, institutions are working to increase their minimum tutoring contributions by 10%. This proactive response to adding tutoring hours will provide more students with timely feedback throughout the semester.
Student feedback shows how WriteAway tutors are providing caring and critical help during these uncertain times:
Growing our Team
Largest Summer Cohort for Tutor Training
19 people from 10 institutions participated in new tutor training - our largest cohort for the May-August semester!

These new tutors will be part of the more than 70 tutors who will be responding to student submissions this summer.

WriteAway tutors include undergraduate peer tutors, graduate students, instructional staff, and faculty. The diversity of tutoring experience enhances the feedback that students receive.
Photo by  Shane Rounce  on  Unsplash
Welcome New Institutions!
Alexander College joined WriteAway for the May-August 2020 semester as the service's 18th institution.

This is the first BC ELN Associate Member to join and we look forward to working with the experienced tutors from Alexander College and supporting their nearly 2,000 students.
College of New Caledonia is now in their second semester with WriteAway, having joined the service in September 2019.

With its main campus in Prince George, and campuses in the Lakes District, Vanderhoof, Mackenzie, Fort St. John, and Quesnel, College of New Caledonia, WriteAway will be able to support more students in BC's interior and the north.
2019 WriteAway Actions & Achievements Released
WriteAway's annual report provides participating institutions, the larger BC post-secondary community, and the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training an important summary of how the WriteAway supports students, offers exponential savings for the post-secondary sector, and enhances learning communities. The 2019 report includes:

  • A review of WriteAway’s refreshed look and feel
  • Feedback from students that demonstrates the difference WriteAway makes to their studies
Where in the world? Work from home edition!
Tutors and coordinators will be working away from campus for the May-August semester; it's a great time to update our map of where we're working from!

In the last edition of The Next Draft, we learned that tutors have responded to students from five continents.

Check out the map and contact the WriteAway Admin Centre ( to include your location.
WriteAway is a service of the BC Electronic Library Network (BC ELN).
Questions? Contact the WriteAway Administrative Centre.