Editor’s note: I asked Amber Slater, a former tutor of mine now studying Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse at DePaul University, to talk about how their Writing Center is preparing for International Writing Centers Week.
International Writing Centers Week, running from February 8th-14th, is almost upon us! At DePaul’s University Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL), this means a flurry of programming, celebration, and the annual release of the highly coveted UCWbL t-shirt.
The UCWbL is home not only to DePaul’s Writing Center, but also many other writing-related initiatives such as Writing Fellows, Writing Groups, and Workshops, which is the team that I work with directly as a Graduate Assistant. Our team traditionally produces and facilitates in-class workshops at the request of professors on topics ranging from group work to personal statements. During this year’s International Writing Centers Week, though, we are expanding our team’s efforts and offering voluntary, in-house workshops for all DePaul writers.
Beyond the excitement of offering a new configuration of UCWbL workshops, what has struck me the most during this process has been the energy and excitement of my team. Workshops are typically created by Graduate Assistants and our Program Coordinator, but our workshops for International Writing Centers Week were created through utilizing the UCWbL’s first core value: collaboration. When DePaul writers attend our workshops next week, I’m proud to say they’ll be learning from materials created by my entire team. The topics we chose for these workshops include creating e-portfolios with personal branding, researching using library databases, and practicing citation styles.
Though International Writing Centers Week is ultimately about celebrating the work that we do within the campus community, I’ll also be reflecting during the coming week on the power of Writing Centers and the importance of a collaborative, safe space for writers within higher education. For the Workshops team, collaborating led us to challenge and update our practices and yielded fresh, new ideas and materials. To me, that’s definitely something to celebrate.
What plans does your Writing Center have for the week? Share in the comments below!