About Us

Connecting Writing Centers Across Borders (CWCAB)

  • Is a space for writing center people across the globe, especially for those who don’t have other writing center specialists nearby, to interact.
  • Is interactive and open for anyone to post or comment.

Do you have an idea? Come join the conversation. Contact us: ahabib@gmu.edu

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Staff

Anna Sophia Habib, Editor

Anna Habib

I am currently the Associate Director of Composition, at both the George Mason University home campus and at the branch campus in Songdo, South Korea & coordinator and instructor in the Graduate Writing Across the Disciplines courses for INTO Mason, Mason’s pathway program for graduate and undergraduate international students.

I was born in Beirut, Lebanon, during the civil war to a Lebanese father and American mother. When I was four years old, my family fled to the neighboring island of Cyprus where I grew up in a community of refugees from surrounding countries. As a bi-cultural, bi-national child from a post-colonial context, I grew up with English, Arabic, and French as native languages and Greek as a second language. These intercultural, translingual experiences inspired me to pursue a BA in English with a concentration in Cultural Studies, and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction at George Mason University. I graduated from the MFA program in 2006. My thesis, which I hope to continue working on someday, is titled “A Block from Bliss Street: Growing up as a child of the Lebanese civil war.” I am currently pursuing a PhD in Writing and Rhetoric also at Mason, where I served as the Associate Director of the Writing Center for five years until I transitioned to my current position as Associate Director of Composition for Multilingual Writers.

My research and publications have focused on the experiences of multilingual writers adapting to the expectations of the U.S. academy, faculty perceptions of writing by multilingual students,  and designing writing courses that are attuned to the diverse needs of this population. I am currently working on an autoethnography that aims to explore and theorize individual experiences of trauma and displacement.

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Esther Namubiru, Associate Editor (focus on African region)

Esther Namubiru

By the time I graduated from the University of Virginia with a Masters in Linguistics, I had been tutoring writing for 10 years. I am interested in the role writing centers play to support multilingual and international writers who speak English as a Second language while recognizing and honoring their linguistic and cultural identities.

Currently, I teach Graduate Writing Across the Disciplines with INTO Mason where I get to work with writers from different cultural, linguistic, and academic backgrounds. Being a Ugandan multilingual who learned English in a polylingual post-colonial culture, I am grateful to continue collaborating with other multilingual writers.

I am also pursuing a PhD in Writing and Rhetoric at George Mason University. My research focuses on the writing center and its potential role in literacy and language policies in non-Western contexts.

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Brian Hotson, Consultant/Editor Emeritus 

Brian Hotson

I was first paid for sentences in the mid-1980s, and it has worked out since. I worked for many years in educational publishing (including Pearson and Nelson Publishing) as a developmental editor, editor, writer, copy editor, and indexer. Spent ten years working in public educational television at TVOntario as a writer, director, and producer. I have a BA in History and a Master’s of Theological Studies from Queen’s University, Kingston.

I began working in writing centres at Queen’s in 2008 and was hired as director of the Saint Mary’s University writing centre in 2010. Currently, I’m director of Academic Learning Services for Saint Mary’s Studio for Teaching and Learning.

I am a past-president of the Canadian Writing Centre Association (CWCA), past International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) board member, former board member of the Canadian Association for the Study of Language and Learning (CASLL), member of IWCA, CCCC, and the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing (CASDW), as well as a founding member of our regional writing centres association, ACWCA. I’m also on the editorial board for Inkshed Publications.

 

 

 

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Josh Ambrose, Consultant/Editor Emeritus

I graduated from George Mason University with a MFA in creative nonfiction, where I also helped direct a writing center. After five years as the writing center director on campus, I now serve as the Associate Dean of Campus and Community Engagement. In that role, I do a lot of work with our burgeoning entrepreneurship program on campus, advise Fulbright applicants, help foster internships and community engagement, and help support global initiatives any way that I can…amidst many other responsibilities!

I’ve enjoyed taking students to Europe and to Peru. I’ve also spent academic time abroad in India, Turkey, and Jordan, as well as working at McDaniel’s sister campus in Budapest, Hungary.

My family and I live in the small town of Westminster, MD–where a lot of surprisingly big things are happening. We also like to travel throughout the US, whenever we have the slightest excuse.

6 thoughts on “About Us

  1. The WLN blog just keeps getting better and better. I enjoy all of the articles and find many of them useful to the international work I continue to do. As lead editor for the International Exchanges on the Study of Writing on the WAC Clearinghouse, I’ll also take this opportunity to ask that you keep an eye out for international folks who might be interested in putting together a book collection on writing centers in a region–similar to the Middle East/North Africa collection, for example–a country, or transnationally. Anyone interested might want to look at the series page where s/he will also find my contact information: https://wac.colostate.edu/books/international.cfm

    • Hello Terry – Thank you for comments and encouragement. Send me a note brian.hotson @ smu.ca – perhaps you’d be able to write a post for the blog to this end. – Brian

  2. Save the date! The Writing Centers Association of Japan (WCAJ) Eleventh Symposium will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at Sophia University in Tokyo. More details will be announced here as soon as they are available.

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