Saint Mary's University Writing Centre

Halifax, NS

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CWCA/ACCR 2014 Conference registration now open

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Writing without borders

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Keynote Speaker: Laura Greenfield, co-editor of “Writing Centers & the New Racism

Laura Greenfield

Please join us for our second annual Canadian Writing Centres Conference which will be held at Brock University on May 23rd, 2014 in St. Catherine’s, Ontario. The conference immediately precedes the Congress of the Humanities  and Social Sciences Annual Conference (CHSS). We will provide a welcoming environment for tutors, writing centre administrators, and instructors for discussions of writing centre practice, theory and  research.

In keeping with the theme of the CHSS Conference, Borders Without Boundaries, our theme is “Writing Without Borders”.  We hope presenters will explore this theme in a variety of ways. Topics that derive from this theme could include but are not limited to:

  • Writing support without hierarchical borders:  undergraduate, post-graduate, staff, faculty and mature student support
  • Writing support without disciplinary borders:  responding…

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(How) do you talk about writing with students?


by Andrea R. Olinger and Alexandra Cavallaro

How often do you talk to your students about your own writing processes, writing habits, and the different kinds of writing you do?

It may seem obvious, but talking about your own work as a writer—and about how particular types of writing they’re producing may be similar to what you read and write—can help students better understand the value and workings of writing in your field and, perhaps, develop more complex processes of their own.

A number of U.S. university writing programs have interviewed faculty members about these sorts of topics and posted their videos online. Some interviews cover what (usually undergraduate) students should know about writing in a particular major; others explore the different processes, practices, and audiences of a particular professor. We’ve described a few of them below and also listed videos by discipline.

You could play one of these videos…

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The Makings of a Great Online Writing Center

Purdue Global Academic Success and Writing Resource Center and Blog

Chrissine_Rios.2013by Chrissine Rios, Writing Tutor, Kaplan University Writing Center

The North Carolina division of the Southeast Writing Center Association held a Writing Consultant Retreat on September 13 to foster community among writing tutors across the state and provide us an opportunity to discuss professionalism, the theme of the retreat. Although I tutor for the Kaplan University Writing Center (KUWC), a global, online university, I’ve done so full time from my home in Charlotte, North Carolina for the past six years, so I logged out and drove to Meredith College in Raleigh to commune with other Writing Center folks in my region.

I’ve wondered if tutoring online had altered my perception of the Writing Center experience, and one thing I now know for sure is that it has.  Every Writing Center is as unique as the academic community and students it serves, but I’d be kidding myself if I didn’t admit that even…

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