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Tutor’s Perspective

  • How are you (i.e., tutors) experiencing your work given your own cultural/linguistic identities and/or the current moment you are inhabiting?
  • How does your own intersectional identity as a tutor who is supporting other writers in this moment inform your work as a tutor?
  • What tensions are you grappling with at the local or global level?

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Resilience Gallery

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Inspiring Resilience

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From Dr. Shireen Campbell, Davidson College, USA – I Am Inspired by Change

By |November 10th, 2020|

Thanks to rich conversations with an Associated Colleges of the South summer working group, I reaffirmed what mattered most—available, effective writing support—and changed long-standing practice. Seven weeks in, as compared to last fall, the Center has experienced a 13% increase in use of available hours despite an 18% reduction in total hours. As predicted, we have seen fewer clients, driven by a 25% reduction in first-year writing course sessions. Yet individual sessions are longer, with a 46% increase in sessions lasting an hour.

From Monicah Kiarie, Daystar University, Kenya – What Is Inspiring Me Lately?

By |October 27th, 2020|

The confinement is obnoxious—almost everything is amiss. I sure do miss seeing the before frustrated tutees grin like a Cheshire cat after a successful session. But you know what's inspiring? The hope that has stayed alive all through, hope for a better tomorrow, that come hell or high water, we will ultimately come out of this "cage" and be on the loose again.

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From Dr. Bonnie Devet, College of Charleston, USA – What Is Inspiring You Lately?

By |October 6th, 2020|

Thanks to my consultants, though, I have been inspired. The consultants jumped right in, Zooming with clients, eager to help and to learn the new system. And being the sensitive, introspective souls that they are, they have been analyzing how using Zoom is similar but different from f2f, describing some fine distinctions so that both the consultants and I are learning even more about the fine art of being Writing Lab consultants.

Tutor’s Perspective

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A Sense of Sight

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However, now that we meet through chat, students are literally sharing their writing even more, just in the very act of getting help with their writing (How’s that for immersion?). And as they write, I am immersed in the possibility of personality once more. I start to read— to see— their lexicon, slang, accents, and tones of voice. Something weird is happening: I think even more about them as people.

Villanelle for the Writing Centre: A Monologue

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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.

Locating Voices

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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.

Conceptual Lineage: A Found Poem

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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.

Writing Lab Madrigal

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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).

Grammar I and Grammar II

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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.