I decided to find comfort in the only area I knew and believe in excelling: Teaching Writing. As online learning began to permeate our daily lives, I found myself entirely investing my time with my tutees. They were the reason why I got up in the morning and the reason why I slept soundly at night.
I am classically trained, and therefore rose to this challenge to produce a conceptual piece of meta-fiction in the style of a madrigal for two voices which can be performed by the consultant and consultee (fingers crossed).
I've spent the past seven years in and around writing centers, an experience which has sharpened my writing and deepened my frustration at how many educators see grammar as the sum total of good writing.
I am a tutor in the Writing Centre at Brescia University College, an affiliate college of Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. Writing this poem has given me the opportunity to explore and articulate some facets of the interconnectedness of my writing centre work and my creative practice.
I have been a writing consultant at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa's Writing Center. My interest in creative writing is grounded in my roots: Hawai‘i, particularly regarding issues of identity and race. Place-based pedagogy contributes to my facilitation of the collaborative process between myself and other writers.
I worked two years as a Peer Writing Assistant at Lansing Community College. As for my creative writing/center process, I have seen my writing self as two sections that don’t meet: the writing center/academic writer and the creative writer.