Clear Eyes, Full Hearts

Community Writing Assistance, Events, From the Director, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Outreach, Peer Tutoring, Uncategorized, Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing Center Tutors, Writing Center Workshops

By Emily Hall and Nancy Linh Karls –

There’s a slight chill in the air. An enormous sea of red streams across University Avenue. The beat of “Jump Around” reverberates through the air. The signs are clear: school is back in session at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. […]

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How Faculty in All Disciplines Can Help ESL Writers Succeed (Part 1)

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By Karen Best – If you want to spend twenty minutes as the life of the party in a group of academics, tell them you train faculty and staff to better meet the needs of ESL students taking their classes. I’ve worked in the field of English language education for almost 15 years, but it […]

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Reflections of a First-Time Summer Writing Center Director

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By Antonio Tang – My name is Antonio Tang, a sleep-deprived father of an 8-month-old, a PhD candidate in composition and rhetoric scheduled to finish this fall, and this year’s summer director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Writing Center. Keeping all these balls in the air has been difficult, and this director’s role represents the […]

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The Southernmost Writing Center in the World

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By Luis Cárcamo – Greetings from the southernmost writing center in the world! We are located in the city of Punta Arenas (53.16° S), Chile, founded in 1848 on the north shore of the Strait of Magellan and across Tierra del Fuego in the Chilean Patagonia. Punta Arenas is in a cut-off area of our country. […]

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Beyond Tutoring and Workshops: Writing Center Programming Ideas from a University in China

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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A New WAC Faculty Sourcebook for a New Academic Year


Events, From the Director, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Science Writing, Uncategorized, Undergraduate Students, Writing Across the Curriculum

By Bradley Hughes – Greetings from a new academic year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Writing Center! We had a very busy and productive summer of 2018. The Writing Center was open for 12 weeks this summer, offering consultations, workshops, and writing groups for hundreds of undergraduate- and graduate-student writers. The summer center was staffed […]

September 3, 2018

Honoring Tutor Excellence at UW-Madison’s Writing Center, Spring 2018


Awards and Honors, Collaborative Learning, From the Director, Tutorial Talk and Methods, Uncategorized, Writing Center Tutors, Writing Centers

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

May 9, 2018

The Writing Center’s Midnight Madness at College Library


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By Rick Ness— What is Midnight Madness? Midnight Madness is an all-night tutoring event for undergraduates inspired by “The Long Night Against Procrastination.” This mad event offers one-on-one writing instruction from 6pm to 1am. Midnight Madness is hosted by the Writing Center in collaboration with Steve Frye and our good friends at College Library, UW-Madison’s library for […]

May 4, 2018

Challenging Ableism and Institutional Barriers Through Writing Center Work


Disability and Writing Centers, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Peer Tutoring, Tutorial Talk and Methods, Uncategorized, Undergraduate Students, Writing Center Theory, Writing Center Tutors, Writing Centers

By Brenna Swift – Imagine for a moment that you’re trying to reach an educational goal, one you’ve had your sights on for as long as you can remember. As you move closer to the goal, you encounter barrier after barrier along the way. School culture at large, including some of your instructors, tells you […]

April 23, 2018

Where Are They Now? Writing Fellows Alumni Edition


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By Calley Marotta – Although I participated in the UW Writing Fellows program from 2004-2006, it wasn’t until a decade later that I realized how the undergraduate peer tutoring program had shaped my career choices. At the time, I was moving from a career in elementary special education to college composition and a kind mentor […]

March 5, 2018