WLN News Round-Up

Assistant blog editor, Amber Slater, shares some of what’s on the WLN news radar this week:

Students provide NANOWRIMO tutoring. Utah State University Writing Center tutors are currently staffing a community writing center that is offering resources to writers completing the National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO) challenge, in which participants write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. [HJNews]

From New York Times

From New York Times

Poetry goes viral on Instagram. Poets are building readership by publishing  on Instagram and Tumblr. For some, this online popularity leads to mainstream publishing deals. My question is: How can writing centers best support writers who are publishing their work through Instagram and blogging platforms? [New York Times]


An NCPTW discussion continues. At the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW), the presenters of “(De)Centering Stories about Teaching and Tutoring: A Narrative Round Table” have shared a Google doc with their stories about navigating the duality of working in a writing center and teaching composition as graduate students. They have invited other writing center professionals who have experienced duality in their writing center roles to share their stories on the doc as well.

What writing & tutoring-related news have you been reading this week? Let us know in the comments!

WLN News Round-Up!

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAJSAAAAJDRlYmEzZmUxLTFjMjItNGUwOS04MGY0LTNiNTEyNTJhMjU3NgHello! 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]

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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]

From NPR

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]

What kind of news would you like to see on the WLN News Round-Up? Let me know in the comments!