Rethinking our Narratives of “Development”
Tuesday, December 11th | York University
Dr. Karen-Elizabeth Moroski, Reconsidering Our Rhetorics: Recentering Writing Centre Work To Support Translingual Writing
Please register by Friday November 16th.
The notion of the “development” of the student writer runs through writing centre narratives. Here at York University’s Writing Centre, our department’s constitution, mission statement, and practiced introductions with new students all clarify that we’re interested in supporting the development of student writers rather than the perfection of student writing. This frees us from taking on the urgency of our students’ deadlines, and serves as a straightforward rationale for our refusals to proofread work on behalf of student writers. However, it raises significant questions about how we conceptualize “development.”
- What are the assumptions about “good” or “acceptable” writing that inform our understandings of “development”?
- How are we communicating these standards to our students?
- What are we telling them they need to learn or do in order to “become better writers”?
- What forces pressure us to act as gatekeepers, helping to strip away the aspects of student writers’ languages, cultures, or identities that don’t belong in the academy, and what opportunities do we have to resist these pressures?
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The Writing Centre Multiverse: Vancouver May 30-31, 2019
For our 2019 conference, the Canadian Writing Centres Association/L’Association canadienne des centres de rédaction welcomes proposals on any writing-centre-related subject, but particularly invites proposals that explore how Writing Centres navigate, respond to, and negotiate the “multiverse” we all inhabit—in our spaces, our practices, and our research.
How, for example, do any of the following multis inform, enrich, and/or limit our work in the context of our own institutions? How do they intersect or overlap with practical, political, and/or personal concerns around training, pedagogy, administration, decolonization, or wellness,? How do we as writing centre practitioners respond to, negotiate, or resist, any or all of these?
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WcORD: The WLN Writing Center Online Resource Database
From: Listserv Misgivings and the WcORD, Connecting Writing Centers Across Borders, Josh Ambrose (March 17, 2016)
“If you haven’t checked out the Writing Center Online Research Database, enter a term in the search field at this link. It is like a micro-Google just for writing centers. You can find annotated exchanges from WCenter, links to writing center websites with all of the handouts and videos and resources so many have created, links to journal articles, blogs, podcasts, etc.” MORE …
The Winter 2014 (Vol. 18, Iss. 4) Issue of Academic Exchange Quarterly, an independent double-blind-peer-reviewed print journal, is now accepting submissions for its special section on Writing Center Theory and Practice. Articles may explore issues of theory, practice, and experience in writing center work, including qualitative and empirical studies and discussions of pedagogy.
Articles may also consider the following: How writing center professionals cope with change and the eventuality of needing to expand their efforts in response to new economic and demographic challenges. Furthermore, as we move towards increasingly virtual and technologically dependent learning communities,
how can these efforts help meet the evolving demands of our students?
In addition to Writing Center Directors and other Administrators, submissions are welcome from professional staff, faculty tutors, and graduate students who work in the writing center. Manuscript length should be between 2,000 and 3,000 words. Please identify your submission with the keyword “Center-2.”
Every published article automatically qualifies for inclusion in the upcoming Sound Instruction Book Writing Center Theory and Practice. Submissions will be accepted now until the end of August; however, early submissions are encouraged as they offer the following incentives:
– longer time for revision
– opportunity to be considered for Editor’s Choice
– eligibility to have article’s abstract and/or full text posted on journal’s main webpage
– opportunity to be considered for inclusion in Sound Instruction Series
For more information, please visit http://www.rapidintellect.com/AEQweb/center2.htm, or email Feature Editor and Sound Instruction Book Editor Kellie Charron at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Career opportunity | Manager, Writing Centre (One year contract)
Date: February 2014
Reports to: Special Advisor to the Provost on English Language Competency
Jobs Reporting: Writing Centre Teaching Associates
Location: Main Campus
Grade: 10; 35 hours per week
The Manager, Writing Centre is accountable to the Special Advisor to the Provost for managing the staff, processes and activities involved in providing outstanding writing support for both undergraduate and graduate students. A significant role of the Manager is working closely with the Special Advisor to the Provost, Writing Centre staff, Faculties, and key stakeholders on the strategic leadership and transition of the Writing Centre as it evolves to support a more integrated approach to English Language competency development on campus, including implementing recommendations of the 2012 report on Support for English Language Competency.