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1st Edition

Landmark Essays in Contemporary Writing Center Studies

ISBN 9780367206406
Published October 8, 2020 by Routledge
342 Pages

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Book Description

This volume collects essential writings in the field of writing center studies as it has blossomed and developed since the 1995 publication of Landmark Essays on Writing Centers.

These writings offer a new generation of writing center readers' provocative ideas and research-based praxis on the topics covered in the book’s four parts: Writing Center History, Critical Perspectives on Current Practices, Writing Center Research, and Writing Centers in New Spaces. Its provocative chapters discuss issues including student agency, collaboration, social justice and marginalized populations, community engagement, and online writing instruction.

Landmark Essays in Contemporary Writing Center Studies provides an up-to-date introduction to new students and a useful reference for long-time practitioners. It is essential reading for undergraduate and graduate students in composition and education, as well as writing center staff and directors.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Writing Center History 

1. Talking in the Middle: Why Writers Need Writing Tutors 

2. "Our Little Secret": A History of Writing Centers, Pre- to Post-Open Admissions 

3. Reconsiderations: After "The Idea of a Writing Center" 

Part 2: Critical Perspectives on Current Practices 

4. Centering Difference: Student Agency and the Limits of "Comfortable" Collaboration 

5. Breathing Lessons or Collaboration Is . . . 

6. Avoiding Appropriation 

7. Queering the Writing Center 

8. Retheorizing Writing Center Work to Transform a System of Advantage Based on Race 

9. Leaving Home Sweet Home: Towards Critical Readings of Writing Center Spaces 

10. Unmaking Gringo-Centers 

Part 3: Writing Center Research 

11. Tick-Tock, Next: Finding Epochal Time in the Writing Center 

12. What They Take with Them: Findings from the Peer Writing Tutor Alumni Research Project 

13. Theory In/To Practice: Addressing the Everyday Language of Oppression in the Writing Center 

14. Decisions . . . Decisions: Who Chooses to Use the Writing Center? 

Part 4: Writing Centers in New Spaces 

15. Writing Fellows as WAC Change Agents: Changing What? Changing Whom? Changing How? 

16. When the Community Writes: Re-envisioning the SLCC DiverseCity Writing Series 

17. "We’re All in This Thing Together": An Equitable and Flexible Approach to Language Diversity in the Stellenbosch University Writing Lab 

18. Situation Definition and the Online Synchronous Writing Conference

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Neal Lerner is professor of English at Northeastern University, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on writing, literacy, teaching/tutoring writing, and creative nonfiction.

Paula Gillespie is associate professor emerita of English at Florida International University, where she directed the Center for Excellence in Writing.