The Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association

Friday Workshops

MAWCA hosts focused workshops on the Friday before Saturday sessions.

Workshops are for all writing center audiences. Within each workshop, there will be opportunities for break-out groups to address the needs and interests of undergraduate, graduate and professional tutors, as well as administrators and directors.

W1. Eliciting local narratives: ​techniques and technologies of the co-authored oral composition

Andrew Davison, Assistant Director, Rowan Writing Center

Drawing from the oral history discipline, this workshop will explore the unique genre of oral interview, techniques for conducting one, and the technology required for recording and editing. An oral interview is a unique composition that is live, largely extemporaneous, and a collaboration between two or more individuals who share the authority in its creation. This allows for an authentic and subjective record of experience. Through discussion and hands-on instruction and practice, the workshop will cover preparatory research, drafting effective questions, interview techniques, and basic audio editing. Finally, we will discuss the value of oral narratives for preserving both institutional memory and individual perspective, including their use for telling writing center histories, narratives, and tutor philosophies.

W2. The Meaning of Social Justice

Temple Jordan, Office of Social Justice, Inclusion, and Conflict Resolution, Rowan University

Michael Fotos, Rowan University Writing Arts

This workshop discusses the meaning of social justice while incorporating identity development and tenets of diversity. Participants will be encouraged to learn from one another across differences through a series of experiential activities aimed at exposing structural inequalities. Participants will be asked to interrogate feelings of guilt, fear, and shame associated with privilege and to develop strategies towards working constructively for social justice issues in their writing center spaces. The workshop will conclude with ways to facilitate difficult conversations in the writing center around race, gender, and privilege--from our approaches to tutor training to our interactions with student writers.

Keywords: activism, social justice, race, gender, privilege, navigating difficult conversations

W3. Integrating the Individual Narrative with the Curriculum

Matt Ford, Literacy New Jersey

Directors, tutors, and instructors often face the difficult task of achieving necessary learning outcomes while struggling to address specific student needs. Working from a community literacy framework, this workshop prepares participants to adapt best practices for incorporating student goals and learning styles into tutor training and tutoring sessions, in order to form a student-centered learning environment. Participants will learn how to identify and incorporate long term, short term, and SMART goals into their sessions, as well as creating activities which empower the minority narrative within the writing center setting. In doing so, participants will leave with a heightened sense of student need and minority struggles in the classroom as well as a stronger sense of how to adapt writing center curricula and practices to address these factors.

Key words: community literacy, student-centered, English Language Learners, activism and narrative

Please indicate which workshop you will attend in your conference registration form.

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