Beyond Tutoring and Workshops: What Writing and Learning Centers Can Offer Non-Native Speakers

Collaborative Learning, International Writing Centers, Multilingual Writers, Undergraduate Students, Writing Centers

By Laura Jones-Katz – I coordinate a language learning center at an English-medium university in mainland China. My background and current context may be rather different from that of many Another Word readers. I’ve never taught native speakers of English, and I only recently made the transition from the classroom to the writing center, and […]

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Writing Center Work: The Proof in the Pudding

Multilingual Writers, Peer Tutoring, Uncategorized, Writing Centers

By Scott Chiu – Like many lucky students in US universities, I benefitted from the Writing Center, especially, from the privilege of working as a writing tutor in the writing center; I established my scholarly identity and pursued my vocation as an educator through the writing center world. More than just a beneficiary of the […]

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Honoring Tutor Excellence at UW-Madison’s Writing Center, Spring 2019

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By Bradley Hughes – It’s graduation and award time, and the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is delighted to honor three of our wonderful tutor colleagues, who are the recipients of our third annual teaching awards for graduate teaching assistants on our Writing Center staff. Every semester there are between 45 and 50 […]

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Catching Up with the New Writing Center at Johnson Creek High School

Collaborative Learning, Peer Tutoring, Uncategorized, Writing Center Tutors

By Mike Haen and Brenna Swift – Late in the fall 2018 semester, we wrote a post about our work with Johnson Creek High School teacher Kyle Collins and his students, who visited UW-Madison in October for a orientation to writing center work. Prior to their visit, Kyle and his students had recently launched a […]

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Writing Center + ESL Program: Collaboration in Support of Multilingual Writers

Multilingual Writers, Tutorial Talk and Methods, Uncategorized, Writing Center Tutors, Writing Centers

By Karen Best – The ESL Program and the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are both housed in Helen C. White hall, just one floor apart. However, despite this close proximity, our floors remain mostly separate, our staff distinct. Either you work in the ESL Program on the 5th floor or the Writing […]

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A New Collaboration: Welcoming a High School Writing Center to UW-Madison

Collaborative Learning, Peer Tutoring, Uncategorized, Writing Center Tutors, Writing Centers

By Mike Haen and Brenna Swift – The UW-Madison writing center, like all centers, is built on collaboration. As tutors, we collaborate during individual consultations to help writers brainstorm ideas and revise drafts. We also collaborate with faculty, instructional staff, and teaching assistants across campus through our outreach program to co-teach lessons on writing and […]

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Medieval Monks Wrote in Their Books and So Can You

Tutorial Talk and Methods, Uncategorized, Writing Center Theory, Writing Center Workshops

By Leah Pope Parker – We learn to write by imitating, by reading, and by thinking about the construction of texts we aim to emulate. It is commonly understood among teachers of writing that learning to write—at a more sophisticated level, in a different style, in a new genre—requires writers to read models for the […]

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The Power of Open

Collaborative Learning, Higher Education, Science Writing, Social Justice Committee, Uncategorized, Writing Across the Curriculum

By Katie Lynch – Upon graduating from UW-Madison with my Ph.D. in Literary Studies in 2010, I took a tenure-track position at Rockland Community College (RCC), one of the 64 institutions in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. My specific job description combined the teaching of writing and literature with a partial course release […]

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The Benefits of a Collaboration Between a Writing Center and a Student Journal

Higher Education, Student Voices, Uncategorized, Undergraduate Students, UW-Madison Writing Center Alumni Voices, Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing Centers

By Taryn Okuma – In Spring 2015 I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and saw that John Tiedemann (a fellow UW-Madison alum) had shared a link for WRIT Large, a student publication from the Writing Program at the University of Denver. John is a teacher whom I’ve always admired and his enthusiasm for his […]

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Who Am I?


Technology, The Online Writing Center, Undergraduate Students

Jessie Gurd is the 2014–2015 TA Coordinator for the Online Writing Center and a PhD student in Literary Studies; she has been an instructor at the Writing Center since the Fall of 2012. Jessie studies early modern English drama with a focus on ecocriticism and spatial theory. You can find her on Twitter @jesstype. If the […]

October 20, 2014

Instruction Across Environments: Teaching and Tutoring at UW-Madison


Graduate Students, Peer Tutoring, Satellite Locations, Uncategorized

by Julia Dauer Julia Dauer has worked at the Writing Center since 2012.  She is a graduate student in literary studies at UW-Madison, where she writes about American literature and teaches literature and composition courses.   I went to a small liberal arts college, where writing spaces were relatively uniform.  The Writing Center was housed on the […]

September 29, 2014

Outreach By Design


Disability and Writing Centers, Higher Education, Outreach, Tutorial Talk and Methods, Uncategorized, UW-Madison Writing Center Alumni Voices

By Rachel Herzl-Betz Rachel Herzl-Betz is the T.A. Coordinator of Outreach for the Writing Center at UW-Madison, where she has been a tutor since 2012. She is also a PhD candidate in Literary Studies, with a focus on Victorian Literature, Disability Studies, and Rhetoric. This August, when I began my work as the Outreach Coordinator […]

September 22, 2014

Two Heads Are Better: An Experiment in Paired Skype Tutoring


Satellite Locations, Technology, The Online Writing Center, Tutorial Talk and Methods, Uncategorized, Writing Center Tutors

By Leah Misemer Leah Misemer is a PhD candidate in English Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she has been working as a Writing Center instructor for three years.  She served as the TA Coordinator of the Online Writing Center at UW-Madison for the 2013-14 school year. Usually, we think of a writing center […]

September 8, 2014

Two summer experiments


Writing Centers

Warm breezes waft down State Street, students linger on Memorial Terrace, and a thousand construction vehicles purr in the gravel-filled trenches that used to be our roads and sidewalks. It’s August in Madison, and the Writing Center is open. Many of the Writing Center’s programs continue over the summer—instruction, Fellowing, outreach, and workshops, among others—with a […]

August 6, 2014