The Importance of Being Interested


Collaborative Learning, Graduate Students, Outreach, Peer Tutoring, Student Voices, Tutorial Talk and Methods, Uncategorized, Undergraduate Students, Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing Center Theory, Writing Center Tutors, Writing Centers

By Michelle Niemann Michelle Niemann is the assistant director of the writing center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for 2013-2014. Her first tutoring experience was in the writing center at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, in 2003 and 2004. She recently defended her dissertation and will receive her PhD in English literature from UW-Madison in […]

December 9, 2013

Evolution of a Writing Center Tutor: Reflections and Lessons


Collaborative Learning, Events, Graduate Students, Multilingual Writers, Outreach, Satellite Locations, Student Voices, The Online Writing Center, Tutorial Talk and Methods, Writing Center Tutors, Writing Centers, Writing Fellows

By Anna T. Floch Anna Floch is a third year PhD student in Composition & Rhetoric and an instructor of intermediate composition here at UW- Madison. Her research interests include the intersection of identity and literacy, collaboration, and examining affect and emotion in the writing process. She started as a writing center instructor at UW […]

September 30, 2013

Understanding Student Perceptions of the Writing Center–A Conversation Between a Student, a Writing Center Instructor, and a Director/Professor


Collaborative Learning, Outreach, Peer Tutoring, Student Voices, Undergraduate Students, UW-Madison Writing Center Alumni Voices, Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing Center Research, Writing Center Theory, Writing Centers

By Taryn Okuma, The Catholic University of America. Taryn Okuma is Director of the Writing Center and Clinical Assistant Professor of English at The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C. She received her Ph.D. in Literary Studies from UW-Madison in 2008. While at Madison, she served as the Co-Director of the English 100 […]

April 29, 2013

Considering Transfer: Pedagogical Interdisciplinarity in the Classroom and the Writing Center


Outreach, Undergraduate Students, Writing Across the Curriculum

Kristiane Stapleton is the 2012-2013 TA Coordinator of Writing Center Outreach.  She is also writing her dissertation in Literary Studies, working on early modern women writers and the visual rhetorics for authorship they construct.   In this blog post, I’m going to explore the ways that my Writing Center and Writing Across the Curriculum training […]

April 22, 2013

Writing Centers Have Flex Appeal


Collaborative Learning, From the Director, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Outreach, Peer Tutoring, The Online Writing Center, Undergraduate Students, Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing Center Research, Writing Center Theory, Writing Centers, Writing Fellows

By Brad Hughes, Director of the Writing Center and Director of Writing Across the Curriculum at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At many universities, writing centers have now earned significant respect for the work they do with student-writers.  Within that respect, though, almost never do I hear writing centers valued for what I like to call […]

January 21, 2013

Paneling: A Communal Approach to Writing Center Outreach


Collaborative Learning, Events, Outreach, Student Voices, Uncategorized, Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing Center Theory

By Kristiane Stapleton Kristiane Stapleton is the 2012-2013 TA Coordinator of Writing Center Outreach.  She is also writing her dissertation in Literary Studies, working on early modern women writers and the visual rhetorics for authorship they construct. Before I really get going, I’d like to offer a little bit of background on the Outreach program […]

November 26, 2012

Our Writing Center’s Founder: Professor Joyce Steward


Collaborative Learning, From the Director, Higher Education, Outreach, UW-Madison History, UW-Madison Writing Center Alumni Voices, Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing Center History, Writing Center Workshops, Writing Centers

By Brad Hughes, Director, The Writing Center, Director, Writing Across the Curriculum, UW-Madison. In this blog post, I would like to honor the legendary founder of the Writing Center (originally called the Writing Laboratory) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and one of the most influential pioneers in the modern writing center profession—Professor Joyce Stribling Steward. […]

September 10, 2012

New(s) from the UW-Madison Writing Center!


Classes, Collaborative Learning, Events, From the Director, Graduate Students, Outreach, Peer Tutoring, Satellite Locations, Science Writing, Technology, The Online Writing Center, Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing Center Receptionists, Writing Center Tutors, Writing Center Workshops, Writing Centers, Writing Fellows

Welcome to a new academic year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Writing Center! As our Writing Center re-opens on the first day of classes for the fall semester–on Tuesday, September 4–we’ll be eager to welcome undergraduate and graduate student-writers from across the University. And we’re delighted to have 26 talented new undergraduate writing fellows and […]

September 3, 2012

Writing Across the Curriculum in Madison’s Summer Sun


From the Director, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Outreach, Science Writing, Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing Center Research, Writing Centers

During the searing heat and drought that the summer of 2012 has brought to the upper midwest, our Writing-Across-the-Curriculum (WAC) program has been busy (inside comfortably air-conditioned buildings) partnering with faculty and other instructors across our campus in exciting new collaborations.  At the same time, our summer writing center has been hopping with lots of […]

July 30, 2012

Bridges That Outlast Their Builders: Creating Ongoing Partnerships through Outreach


Outreach, Science Writing, Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing Center Tutors, Writing Centers

During the snow storms last week, I trekked through the layers of fresh Wisconsin slush to the Social Sciences building. I made my journey upon an invitation to meet with a Sociology faculty member, prepared to discuss co-teaching a session on poster presentations. While watching flaky descents of snow through his window, we chatted for […]

March 5, 2012