Is There a Person in This Text? Synchronous Online Writing Instruction and Personhood as a Collaborative Gesture

Satellite Locations, The Online Writing Center, Writing Center Theory, Writing Center Tutors, Writing Centers

By Christopher Syrnyk The physical embodiment treatment . . . When writers come through the doors of the Main Writing Center (WC) at UW-Madison, it’s worth considering how we instructors can process many bits of information about them. Before we meet, we’ve typically reviewed instructor records to prepare us for the session in the here […]

September 27, 2011

From Visitors to Exiles to Tutors: The Changing Face of the Writing Center

Multilingual Writers, UW-Madison Writing Center Alumni Voices, Writing Center Tutors, Writing Centers

By Paula Gillespie. South Florida is full of surprises. A troop of macaws, probably freed from a zoo or pet store during a hurricane, descends into the trees down the street and spends the morning there, squabbling about which one gets to sit where. Burmese pythons, once pets that are now too large to keep […]

September 21, 2011

The Wisconsin Idea and the Writing Center

Outreach, Satellite Locations, The Online Writing Center, Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing Center Theory, Writing Centers, Writing Fellows

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a long and distinguished history of public service. The guiding philosophy of this commitment to public service, called the “Wisconsin Idea,” is often described as “the boundaries of the university are the boundaries of the state.” Since I have a scholarly interest in the Wisconsin Idea, I’ve been thinking about […]

September 12, 2011

Dissertation Boot Camp: What Eighteen People Did on Their Summer Vacation


Jointly offered as a partnership between the Graduate School and the Writing Center, UW-Madison’s Dissertation Boot Camp is based on dissertation camps offered at such institutions as Columbia University, Stanford University, the University of Illinois, the University of Minnesota, and Florida International University. (A special thanks to colleagues at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill […]

September 1, 2011

Sitting on Top of the World: A Multilingual Writing Center?

Multilingual Writers, Writing Center Tutors, Writing Centers

By Manuel Herrero-Puertas. In an increasingly globalized world, more students start their papers with the phrase “In an increasingly globalized world. . . .” Stale as this formula sounds, the truth is that globalization leaves no landscape unaltered. Consider academia. More than ever, universities provide international avenues where scholars from different countries meet and exchange […]

April 28, 2011

The Number One Requirement


By Melissa Tedrowe This past Friday, April 8, I attended a UW system-wide conference about supporting the academic success of “at-risk” students — most commonly, students who are the first in their families to attend college; students returning to college at a “non-traditional” age; students from low-income backgrounds; and students from groups historically underrepresented in […]

April 11, 2011