This month, we bring back Stories and Maps: Narrative Tutoring Strategies for Working with Dissertation Writers in the special issue of WLN (Jan/Feb 2016) on writing center support for graduate thesis and dissertation writers, guest-edited by Drs. Susan Lawrence and Terry Myer Zawacki. In this article, Paul Barron and Louis Cicciarelli described two approaches to help dissertation writers look at their work with storytelling and mapping. We hope this provides you new ideas about working with writers and tutor education.

Click here to read Stories and Maps: Narrative Tutoring Strategies for Working with Dissertation Writers.

Here’s an update from Paul and Louis on November 8, 2022:

We are happy to celebrate the 20th year of the Dissertation Writing Institute this year.  What I continue to value about story and mapping approaches is how they become thinking tools for dissertation writers who are making choices about arrangement, movement, shape, and emphasis – each of these hard-earned through the writing process.  Writing a dissertation is a creative act. These approaches can help dissertation writers “see” the larger arcs of their work and imagine an audience who they will guide through their discoveries.

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