Twenty representatives from writing centers at schools and colleges across southwest and central Ohio will spend the day at Wittenberg discussing best practices, space issues and online advising, among other topics. Schools represented include Miami University, Wright State University, University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, Mount Saint Joseph College, Cedarville College, Ohio Dominican University, Clark State Community College, Sinclair Community College and Oakwood High School.
“We have what I think is an exemplary, effective program, and we have a beautiful, well-planned space,” said Maureen Fry, director of Wittenberg’s Writing Center. “I’m looking forward to hearing my colleagues’ ideas at the conference.”
Planning for the conference began in February after Fry met with David Bringhurst from Wright State University’s Writing Center and Joe Law, coordinator of Writing Across the Curriculum at Wright State.
“We wanted to form a consortium of sorts and try to meet on a regular basis,” Fry said.
The one-day meeting will focus primarily on the concerns of writing center directors, including outreach, administration and measurement of services, but Fry anticipates student tutors playing a vital role at the next conference, tentatively scheduled for February 2006.Wittenberg currently has 23 student writing advisers representing a range of disciplines. All advisers must be recommended by professors and complete a semester-long, four-credit class in which they learn style, revision and advising strategies. They must also spend time observing other advisers working with students in the center before leading any sessions.
The experience has proved to be extremely valuable for both the tutors and the students who make use of the Writing Center, Fry explained.
“Advisers often learn more than the students who use our resources,” she said.
- Karen Gerboth
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