The Earlham Writing Center supports active, involved learning as consultants work one-on-one with students beginning with the writers’ needs and concerns. We use our knowledge and expertise to enhance writers’ understanding of a variety of rhetorical issues, such as purpose, audience, organization, format, and conventions. We strive to help writers across all disciplines and skill levels develop a repertoire of strategies for making effective choices in any writing situation.
Like faculty, the Writing Center is student-centered, however, we are also excited to work closely with and provide support for faculty members as they work toward inspiring the best writing from their students. Please contact the Director (Becky Burke) if you are interested in any of the resources below or you would like to schedule a workshop or classroom visit.
Faculty Notification: Each time one of your students visits the Writing Center we will send you an email called a faculty notification. This email is intended to let you know: 1) that your student came to the Writing Center, 2) what your student focused on during the consultation, and 3) what the student still needs to work on before they submit the assignment to you for a grade.
- Process Presentation - Remind your students that writing is a process! Successful writers plan, draft, revise, polish, and then publish. This interactive workshop (meant to take about an hour) is a great refresher just before a paper is assigned/due.
- Effective Peer Review - Do you have high hopes for peer review workshops, yet your students insist on meticulously pointing out each grammar infraction? If so, allow the Director to come and talk to your students about the ways in which they can effectively give and receive feedback. The Director will explain to students how to avoid evaluative language, give specific & constructive criticism, and identify & discuss (rather than re-write).
- We can also work together to tailor a workshop that is suited to your class!
Class Visits: Arrange for a consultant to visit your class to present a brief introduction to the Writing Center. A consultant will explain our services to your students, provide informational bookmarks, and take questions. Please provide us with the course location, number of students, class time, and preferred visit date.
Creating Effective Writing Assignments
Prompts and Assignments: If you’re looking to mix up your writing assignments this semester, look no further than the Writing Center. We have writing prompts and assignments designed to help students develop a variety of writing skills. We would also be happy to collaborate on new and exciting assignments based on the goals and demands of your individual course.
Peer Review Activities: Many of us see the potential for peer review activities and workshops in class; however the standard trade-papers-read-silently-and-correct-grammar-model can become standard rather quickly. The Writing Center has an assortment of different workshop models and activities for peer review days that offer a fresh approach. Pair these new activities with our Peer Review Workshop (above).
No time for in-class peer review? The Writing Center has developed a graded peer review activity that students perform outside of class time on Moodle. Email the Director for more information.
Faculty Support of the Writing Center
Syllabus Statement: Please help introduce your students to the services of the Writing Center by copying and pasting the following text directly into a syllabus.
The Earlham Writing Center provides one-on-one assistance with writing. Anyone who would like to discuss a piece of writing with a trained peer consultant is welcome. We are here to work with writers from all disciplines and all skill levels, whether you are confused about where to begin, you are stuck on page one of five, or just need some advice on final revisions. The Writing Center Consultants will begin with your needs and concerns first, so please come prepared with questions and an idea of what you would like to focus on. You can enjoy free, walk-in service in the basement of Lilly Library Sunday -Thursday 8-11 p.m. with additional hours on Sunday 2-5 p.m. You may also schedule an appointment using the online scheduler found on our website: <www.earlham.edu/writing-center/>. Also, check out the website for dozens of resources, videos, and presentations to help you with your writing.
More Focused Assistance for Students
If you are working with a student who you feel would benefit from more intensive and long-term one-on-one writing support, contact Becky. We have Writing Center Intensive Tutorials (WCIT) available to a limited number of students each semester, as well as, Writing Tutorial Groups, semester long one-credit courses.