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Welcome to Writing_Centers. This community was created for anyone affiliated with writing tutoring or Writing Centers. Share your stories, tips, resources, advice, ideas, or just meet fellow Writing Assistants!
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Oct. 27th, 2008 @ 01:40 pm Pay Rates
So what do you think is a reasonably decent hourly payrate for a part-time person at a writing center? Say the person is a "professional" (not a student at the college-- one of the part-time writing-course instructors, let's say).

Assume a city with a reasonable, somewhat low cost of living.
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Jan. 24th, 2007 @ 11:53 pm House-keeping
Current Mood: awake
Hey Everyone.

Sorry that I haven't been around to check out what's going on here. I really didn't even realize that the community had grown so much since I created it.

I'm totally stoked!

But of course, with growth comes SPAM. You may have noticed the spammy post from an unmentionable user... you may now notice that it's deleted.

I'm going to remove the user from the community, and I'd LOVE it if people would leave a post in my own livejournal if any more spammy or abusive posts crop up. I made sure that I'm notified via email whenever someone leaves a comment for me.

Anyway, welcome to the new people. :)

And... while I have your attention....

Just a little bit about me and why I started this community in the first place (since I didn't get to introduce myself back then!)

I worked at Oregon State U's writing center under Wayne Robertson and Dennis Bennett for something like 4 years. I was the student rep for the Pacific Northwest Writing Centers Association for 2006 and helped plan that year's conference. I still regularly read the wcenter listserv and sometimes talk to faculty over the list at other schools, but I don't post much. Ever since I graduated from OSU in '06, I still DEEPLY DEEPLY miss working at a writing center and I'm trying to plot and scheme my way back into one... perhaps someday I'll run my own. :)

Just like all good Writing Assistants (or writing consultants, or whatever your organization calls you), I'm a grammar NERD, but definitely not a grammar nazi. I love language and I love learning and teaching people how to be confident in language and writing.

I hope I can become more active here and get to know you all. :)
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Jan. 24th, 2007 @ 07:42 pm Advice for a conference panel?
Some friends and I are pulling together a panel for a conference on writing centers, and are wondering what kinds of stuff tutors would like to hear about, hot topics in writing center pedagogy... we can't think of anything beyond obvious topics and would love to have some input from the larger WC community.
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Jul. 9th, 2006 @ 07:17 pm Resistant Writers
Any tips for working with a resistant writer?
What strategies do you use for a student who just sits there, thinks their writing is perfect, scowls, acts defensive, etc?
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Sep. 5th, 2005 @ 09:26 pm My First Week at the Writing Center
So far I've been working at the writing center for a week. It's great! However, tell me what you would do in these circumstances:

1. A student (older, returning, native language Spanish) indicates that she is overwhelmed with all of the work she has to do. One of her frequent assignments is to summarize a reading passage, then respond. The textbook is written in complex language (and is poorly edited). She summarizes by reading sentence-by-sentence and putting each sentence in her own words.

What I did: I talked about how I summarize-- by carefully reading a few paragraphs a few times, closing the book, and trying to write 1-2 sentences about the most important idea. She practiced doing this, too, but it took her a long time because she had to read each passage numerous times, and worried a lot about making the sentences she wrote in a summary precise. However, she had a strong ability to figure out the most important idea(s) of a paragraph or page.
What would you have told her?

2. A student brings an essay with multiple areas of concern-- content, argumentation, organization, sentence structure and grammar.She is from South Korea, and in trying to translate her Korean thoughts into English, the writing often does not make sense to the native English reader. We worked on content and organization. This is common--but then, do they ever get help on grammar? Also, she had some difficulties such as not knowing when to use "a" vs. "the." What do you do when it's difficult to articulate a certain grammar rule that native speakers usually pick up naturally, but ESL students need explicit teaching to understand?
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Aug. 7th, 2005 @ 11:45 am Writing Centers and English Departments
My university's writing center is working to build a stronger alliance and relationship with the English department. What kind of coordination, communication, activities, etc., are there between your writing center and departments? How do they work together to help, guide and strengthen each other?
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Jul. 7th, 2005 @ 07:50 pm CRLA certification and other questions
Current Mood: happyhappy
Hello, everyone! I just joined the community, and I am so happy to see that there is a place for lj members who work in writing centers. I'm at Columbus State University's center (http://langlit.colstate.edu/writingcenter), where several things are happening:

1. For the first time ever, our center has opened for summer term to help students. At first, we were generating a lot of response with campus fliers, emails, and class visits (our center discourages professors from requiring visits to the center as part of any graded assignment). Now that we're reaching the end of the term, the sessions are fewer and farther between. What do you suggest for a quick boost in advertisement that wouldn't necessarily involve hosting workshops or other large scale activities?

2. We're remodeling our center, so we're currently located in a much smaller space (hence the impossibility of a workshop). Any tips on how to deal with a crowded workspace?

3. Our center is also trying to get CRLA certified. Is anyone here affiliated with them? I'd only just heard about it, and I'm excited to know that I can have serious credentials for my work as a consultant.

On a personal note: I'm shopping for schools that hire grad students to work in their writing centers. Purdue is currently at the top of my list, but I'm trying to broaden my search. My GRE scores weren't fantastic, but my GPA is fairly competitive. I'll be concentrating on Renaissance Lit, too. Rhet/comp and TESL are secondary certifications I'd like to pick up. Any advice from current/former/fellow potential grad students?

Last question, I swear: Where is everyone from? I've missed out on some of the conferences this past year, and so I haven't gotten to know some of the writing centers, esp. in my neighborhood, as well as I wish I had. Plus, more shopping material for potential graduate schools :-)
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Jun. 9th, 2005 @ 09:26 pm nonparenthetical citations in EndNote7
Current Mood: blankblank
I would like to know if there is a way to set up nonparenthetical citations in EndNote7.

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x-posted in ljgenie, techwriting, and pre_pro_psychs
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Mar. 3rd, 2005 @ 02:57 pm hi!

I've been a writing consultant for a few semesters now, and I love it. I'm glad to have found this community. ^_^

A question: How do you, as writing consultants, feel when students come in needing a signature for a class but don't want a consultation, and how have you learned to deal with this? We have a policy here that we don't give signatures without consultations. I think this is a good policy, but it often leads to an awkward conference in which the student isn't as responsive.
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Jan. 27th, 2005 @ 06:12 pm Question
I am the student manager at my university's writing center, and I was wondering if there was anything that you guys do at yours, or anything that you've found online that would be helpful in giving me ideas for using technology (websites/blogs, etc) to enhance our writing center, more for the tutors.

Let me know :-)

ps - this is a great idea for a community! it's too bad more people haven't found it!
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