Hello! My name is Amber Slater, and I’m a peer tutor and Graduate Assistant at DePaul’s University Center for Writing-based Learning. I’ll be foraging the web for writing center-related happenings and sharing them here. Stay tuned!
November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo! Writers who sign up pledge to write a 50,000 word novel between November 1 and November 30. Michigan State University consultant Caitlin Munch discusses why anyone, even people with busy schedules, should sign up for NaNoWriMo. [MSU]
Visual art and writing collide. The University of Southern California Writing Center has transformed its space into an art gallery. The works were submitted by student artists and reflect scenes from novels such as J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye and Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin. Stay tuned for a CWCAB interview about this, soon! [USCDornsife]
The National Census on Writing has been released! Carl Straumsheim summarizes and highlights major findings of the National Census on Writing, which collected data from over 900 two- and four-year institutions. [Inside Higher Ed]
Robo-tutors? A company called Knewton has created a “mind-reading robo-tutor” that uses cloud-based data to determine students’ strengths and weaknesses and provide personalized tutoring sessions. The reception so far has been mixed, and the product is currently aimed at K-12 education. My questions is: Is it time for Writing Centers to harness this type of technology? [NPR]
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With this blog post I want to highlight some of the events of The Long Night Against Procrastination Across Germany. When browsing Twitter with hashtag #lndah, I came across a tweet by Dennis Fassing, who mixed tweets, posters and images with his own commentary in a stori-fy compilation. Although the texts are in German, I think that readers from around the globe will appreciate the many faces and forms this event took on this year on or around March 5, 2015.
Every week the blog editors would like to highlight a few activities, materials or events related to writing centers from around the globe. We intend this to be a simple, fun weekly list of good reading/memes/links around the web by/for/about writing centers. You can help us by sending us links or those tidbits of information that make our readers smile.
So for this first post I spent some time on Pinterest and entered the keywords “writing+center” first and found a great number of virtual writing center spaces curated by parents and teachers for elementary and middle school children. I then added another keyword to the search “university+writing+center” and I came across three digital spaces from three universities. The writing consultants at the University of Nevada, Reno writing center started 12 boards and have so far compiled 138 pins. Why not check out the UNR writing center space on Pinterest now? The board titles range from “Writer’s Block,” “Writing Humor” to ‘Real World Writing.”
The IUP Writing Center has 18 boards so far that include information for “IUP Faculty” but also “Just for Laughs,” “Staying Productive” to “Writing in the News.”