Writing Center Resources
For anyone interested in learning more about the theory, practice, and administration of writing centers, the following resources offer a starting point. In addition, Polk Library has several key titles dealing with writing center pedagogy, theory, and practice.
- The International Writing Centers Association (IWCA), an affiliate of the NCTE, “was founded in 1983 to foster communication among writing centers and to provide a forum for concerns. Comprising directors and staffs of writing centers at universities, two-year colleges, and public schools, the IWCA is governed by an Executive Board that includes officers and representatives from specific regions.” On their Web site, you will find information about peer tutoring, links to writing resources, job descriptions in the field, and more.
- The Writing Lab Newsletter (WLN) is one of two publications of the IWCA. As the Web site notes, the publication "is a forum for exchanging ideas and information about writing centers in colleges, universities, and high schools. Articles focus on challenges in directing a writing center, training tutors, using computers, designing and expanding centers, and using tutorial theory and pedagogy. In addition to articles, issues contain conference announcements, book reviews, professional news, and a column by and for tutors. The newsletter is published monthly from September to June."
- According to its Web site, the Writing Center Journal (WCJ), the second publication of the IWCA, aims "to publish original research of interest to writing center professionals and to those forging connections between writing centers and the wider arenas of rhetoric and composition studies. As a forum for peer-reviewed scholarship, WCJ publishes theoretical and empirical research on a range of practices, pedagogies, and administration associated with writing center work. WCJ aims to reflect the diversity of writing center contexts through its content."
- The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is “devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. Since 1911, NCTE has provided a forum for the profession, an array of opportunities for teachers to continue their professional growth throughout their careers, and a framework for cooperation to deal with issues that affect the teaching of English.” From their Web site, you can learn about writing initiatives, upcoming conferences, research studies, and much more.
- The National Conference of Peer Tutors in Writing (NCPTW) "promotes the teaching of writing through collaborative learning. Peer tutors and NCPTW professionals help students to become self-sufficient writers. NCPTW professionals are leaders in collaborative approaches, respond to the challenges of creating and operating writing centers, develop innovative peer tutoring programs, and promote the work of their peer tutors. The NCPTW offers peer tutors the opportunity to contribute in professional and scholarly ways to the larger writing center community and is dedicated to providing forums for tutors to share and present research at national and international conferences." Its publication, The Dangling Modifier, features work by peer tutors in writing.
- Peer Centered is a blog for and by peer tutors/consultants in writing from around the world. Many writing centers keep shared journals, so this blog extends those conversations by promoting/exploring writing center work.
- Another key writing center publication, Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, is a biannual electronic publication sponsored by the University of Texas Undergraduate Writing Center, in the Division of Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Texas at Austin. that features "articles from writing center consultants and administrators related to training, consulting, labor issues, administration, and writing center news, initiatives, and scholarship."
- Writing center scholarship is also found in journals such as Written Communication, College Composition and Communication, College English, etc. Many of these can be accessed online via Polk library.