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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Writing Center Tutors as Comp-Rhet Researchers: Some Notes from CCCC in Kansas City

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By Nancy Linh Karls – All of us in leadership roles at the UW-Madison Writing Center are proud of our undergraduate Writing Fellows and our graduate tutors for many reasons:  for doing an outstanding job of supporting student writers, for continually challenging themselves to learn more, and for being all-around great colleagues and friends. We […]

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Holding Your Gaze: Non-Verbal Communication Strategies in Writing Center Work

Peer Tutoring, Technology, Tutorial Talk and Methods, Uncategorized, Writing Center Tutors

By Cydney Alexis and Billie Schwartz – One night in Philadelphia, my sister Billie and I were dining with friends, and the topic of eye contact came up. While she was able to maintain steady eye contact with most of us at the table, a couple of us noticed our eyes darting to the side […]

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“Excellent Timing and Really Great Praise”

Technology, Tutorial Talk and Methods, Uncategorized, Writing Center Theory, Writing Center Tutors

By Jessie Gurd – “What do I want?” “How can I tell when I’ve seen it?” “When—and how—do I intervene to get it again?” These exact questions do not come up during my appointments at the Writing Center; they have another source. However, they get at something I think about a lot when working with a […]

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When the Thunderheads Gather: Ethics and Sophistry in the Writing Center

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By Ryan Holley – “How pleasant it is to know these clever new inventions and to be able to defy the established laws! When I thought only about horses, I was not able to string three words together without a mistake, but now that the master has altered and improved me and I live in this world of subtle thought, […]

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Revision Takes Time: Teaching Inefficiency in the Writing Center

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By Emily L. Loney – “I may correct an accidental slip (I am full of them, since I run on regardless) but it would be an act of treachery to remove such imperfections as are commonly and always in me.” [1] In 1588, Michel de Montaigne told readers that, although he was revising his Essays, […]

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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 […]

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Finding the Fit Between Pedagogical Values and Interactional Practices

IWCA, Peer Tutoring, Technology, Tutorial Talk and Methods, Uncategorized, Writing Center Research, Writing Center Theory, Writing Center Tutors, Writing Centers

By Mike Haen – Earlier this month, an interview published in The Chronicle of Higher Education revived a long-standing debate in the writing center community about non-directive and directive tutoring approaches. The Chronicle’s interview featured writing center director Lori Salem and her award-winning research, which aimed to better understand students’ decisions to use, or not use, […]

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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


Technology, Uncategorized

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

Finding the Fit Between Pedagogical Values and Interactional Practices


IWCA, Peer Tutoring, Technology, Tutorial Talk and Methods, Uncategorized, Writing Center Research, Writing Center Theory, Writing Center Tutors, Writing Centers

By Mike Haen – Earlier this month, an interview published in The Chronicle of Higher Education revived a long-standing debate in the writing center community about non-directive and directive tutoring approaches. The Chronicle’s interview featured writing center director Lori Salem and her award-winning research, which aimed to better understand students’ decisions to use, or not use, […]

February 22, 2018