The perks of attending International Writing Centers Association Annual Conference, 2017!
We miss you, Chicago.
Check out how the incorporation of a Writing Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia led to the improvement of written reports and documents in this article!
Here at the Writing Center, we hold the firm belief that we’re a big family. And what else do families do besides share laughs in the break room, take each other’s sessions, and surprise each other with cupcakes every now and then? Play Minefield, watch cheesy old holiday movies, and decorate the Christmas tree!
I started working at the writing center at the same time as I became an RA. Though the environments are very different, the call for constant personal interactions is a big aspect of both jobs. The skills and ability to form these connections, through various mechanisms of communication later came in handy during my service trip in Panama. Speaking very little Spanish, a lot of how I communicated was through techniques learned in the Writing Center.
A constantly busy person, I found that the WC quickly became a place of comfort and peace. The studious yet welcoming atmosphere allowed me to work with other students in ways that I felt were extremely beneficial. Through this daily work, academic atmosphere and support from my directors, I was able to focus my interests, leading to the award of a research grant in composition and rhetoric. The Writing Center has been central to my growth at St. John’s and I’m lucky enough to have two years left to continue working in the space.
One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by.
The Glass Castle
The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
The New Testament by Jericho Brown
The Dreaming Jewels by Theodore Sturgeon
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Vacationers by Emma Straub
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
“Without music, life would be a mistake!”