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Writing Center Tutors at ECWCA

On March 5th - 7th, six Marian University Writing Center tutors- KC Chan, Gabrielle Fales, Jill Crane, Claire Crane, Lydia Godsil and Belinda Struchen- and Director Mark Latta visited University of Mount Union for the East Central Writing Centers Association conference. It was the first Writing Center conference for Jill, Claire, Lydia and Belinda. The Writing Center brought three presentations: KC wowed with "Serving the Community, Serving Us: Symbiosis and Civic Engagement", Gabrielle dazzled with "Clarity, Consistency, and Confidence in Professional Writing: A Tutor Training Initiative," and Mark impressed with his own presentation, "Can't Fix Anyone: Our Historical Love Affair with Deficit Thinking."

The tutors and Director represented Marian University in a big way at ECWCA. Way to go, everybody!

Jill Crane Headshot

Jill Crane's Experiment

Jill is currently conducting survey research to better understand the differences between how tutors and students perceive Writing Center sessions. She believes that learning about the expectations students and tutors have as they come into sessions will help inform tutoring practices, to more successfully collaborate with students on their work. 

Claire Thompson

Claire Thompson: Write-In and Marathon

On April 20th, Marian University hosted its first Write-in led by Claire Thompson, and it was a huge success! Write-ins aim at providing an atmosphere for students to write where they can talk with classmates or writing center tutors to work through ideas and any possible questions. The Write-in is grounded in the idea of proactive help with writing rather than reactive tutoring methods. This type of collaborative environment has been proven to enhance critical thinking on further assignments and tests. If students learn how to effectively and efficiently work on assignments, then their time in college and life will go much smoother. 

On May 1st, the writing center also had its second Writing Center Marathon, again led by Claire Thompson, to help students prepare for finals week. Marathons take the opposite approach to the write-in -- that is a reactive approach. Marathons are extended periods of time that the center is open in a location where students will be writing midterm and final papers and cramming for exams. The purpose of this is to provide not only food and coffee to these students but also to be there to help students edit drafts or even organize and start their paper. Finals are hard on everyone and the Writing Center wants to be there to help! 

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