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Dear CWCAB, May 2022

By |May 11th, 2022|Dear CWCAB|

Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) and Writing in the Disciplines (WID) work often coincides with the work of writing center staffers. WAC is field within composition studies that addresses the needs of writing in courses outside of the traditional composition curriculum. WID is the study of how writing is done in various fields within the academy. In this month’s “Dear CWCAB,” Stacia will share resources and better practices for tutor training and collaborations in WAC and WID.

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Two of the WLN Editors Respond to Aspiring Editor’s Questions

By |May 6th, 2022|Theories and Practice|

In this feature piece, two of the WLN journal editors, Karen Johnson and Ted Roggenbuck, respond to some questions raised by a group of students who were taking an editing class. Their answers not only reveal unique opportunities and issues for editors across fields but also demonstrate the collaborative spirit that the WLN editorial team embodies. We give special thanks to Cara, McKenna, Margaret, and Stefano, and to Drs. Johnson and Roggenbuck for collaborating and bringing this article and its ideas to life. 

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Rewind & Reset: Making Assignment Prompts More Effective: Can Writing Center Tutors Help?

By |May 4th, 2022|Rewind & Reset|

In this month's Rewind & Reset, we present you "Making Assignment Prompts More Effective: Can Writing Center Tutors Help?" from WLN May/June 2020 Issue. The co-authors, Erin Zimmerman and Emma Moghabghab, shared with us two WAC/WID projects: one focused on training tutors in preparation for collaboration with instructors, and the other in which tutors and instructors collaborated on revising assignment prompts.

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Rewind & Reset: Bridging Boundaries: Perceived Roles of Librarians and Writing Center Tutors in Supporting Student Research Writing

By |April 8th, 2022|Rewind & Reset|

To echo this month's Dear CWCAB on writing center partnership, we would like to spotlight "Bridging Boundaries: Perceived Roles of Librarians and Writing Center Tutors in Supporting Student Research Writing" from the WLN special issue on writing center and library partnership from May/June 2021.

Dear CWCAB, April 2022

By |April 6th, 2022|Dear CWCAB|

"I would like to partner with some on-campus colleagues, but campus politics and other units’ expectations are challenging my efforts such that my center is left on its own or in a collaboration that seems directive as opposed to collaborative. How can my center collaborate or partner with another unit in a way that actually feels like a partnership?"

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Rewind & Reset: Gibb’s Gibbs’ Reflective Cycle for Writing Center Training

By |March 16th, 2022|Rewind & Reset|

To echo this month's Dear CWCAB on tutor training, this month, we present you Dr. Bonnie Devet's article Gibbs' Reflective Cycle for Writing Center Training published on WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship in May/June 2020 edition. The use of Gibb's reflective cycle can help writing tutors learn from their past experience and prepare them to better deal with similar situations in the future.

“To Talk, to Listen, to Write:” The Writing Center as Collaborative Core for Creation, Conversation and Community in Times of Crisis

By |February 18th, 2022|Theories and Practice|

Our writing center’s expansion into these communal writing initiatives has met with an energized response from both local and global participants, including composition colleagues from Champaign-Urbana to Cape Town. Whether joining our writing series from Beirut or abroad, many who write with us do so often, vocally appreciative of the shared time and space for writing together online. And just as often, faithful weekly attendees and first timers alike find their way to vibrant, essential writing which brings to vivid life their experience, even when challenged with loss and grief.

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