The Centre for Academic Writing (CAW) at Coventry University, England re-opened on campus in August 2021 after operating as a fully-online writing centre between March 2020-July 2021 during the COVID pandemic. Although CAW has offered students synchronous and asynchronous writing tutorials via the Coventry Online Writing Lab (COWL) since 2010, the pandemic pushed staff to come up with new online booking processes and delivery methods in order to offer writing tutorials, a drop-in writing café, writing development workshops, undergraduate and postgraduate writing development modules, and staff consultations online. Two years on from the start of the UK’s first national ‘lockdown’, students and staff are back in CAW, tutorials are taking place either side of clear plastic screens as well as online, CAW’s Single Question Drop-ins are happening at a table in the University Library, and writing development workshops and modules are being delivered online. It’s great to be ‘back in the centre’ as well as retaining our online presence!
Critical Studies in Writing Programs and Pedagogy
¡Fiesta de lanzamiento de SKRIB!
SKRIB Launch Party!
Soirée de lancement SKRIB !
Introducing SKRIB, an international peer-reviewed, open access journal that facilitates intercultural dialogue around the development of writing programming and pedagogy in post-secondary institutions of higher learning around the world.
Developed by an international group of founding editors in response to the largely unidirectional flow of writing centre & composition program models outward from the United States, SKRIB calls for examinations of:
- in-country development and operation of writing programs and pedagogy;
- writing programs & pedagogy as cultural artifacts; cultural framings & histories of writing, rhetoric and their teaching;
- the past, present, and future of Western (especially US) linguistic, epistemic, institutional hegemonic forces;
- English as a commodity and colonizing force.
SKRIB invites critical approaches to scholarship that foreground relevant issues of colonialism, globalism, capitalism and neoliberalism, racism, ableism, as well as issues relating to patriarchy and gender inequality.
SKRIB is now accepting submissions to its inaugural issue, which will be published on a continuous basis over the course of 2022.
As an inaugural issue, we are looking to SKRIB’s mission as a guide for submissions as well as explorations of different understandings of critical sustainability in writing programmes and writing centres.
Critical sustainability is an emerging interdisciplinary concept that brings environment, ecology, politics, and sociality into conversation. According to Rose and Cacheline (2018) socio- cultural approaches to critical sustainability call for system reformation through praxis that “undermines, subverts, and offers alternatives to existing systems” (p. 519). Ferreira (2017) centres critical consciousness development in this work, encouraging practices that acknowledge authoritarian socio-cultural tendencies and underpinnings. We invite authors to engage with this interdisciplinary concept to take a critical approach to the study of writing programmes and writing centres in local, transnational, and global contexts.
Please review author guidelines for information about journal sections as well as house style.
Join the SKRIB community! Serve as a peer reviewer and/or translator. We are looking to build a multilingual and international list of peer reviewers and translators, so please spread this invitation far and wide!
Interested translators, reviewers, and contributors can contact the journal editors at email@example.com.
In eager anticipation of your submissions,
Stevie Bell and Brian Hotson,
On behalf of the SKRIB Editorial Board:
Associate Professor, York University, Canada
Independent scholar, Canada
Directora de departamento, Departamento de Comunicación y Lenguaje, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana – Cali, Colombia
Director, Regional Writing Centre, University of Limerick, Ireland
Associate Professor, Wits University, South Africa
Faculty, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Faculty, Dartmouth (Université de Lille, France), US
Writing Associate, Scripps College, US
Inaugural European Writing Centers Association Summer Institute 2019
Originally published in the SEPTEMBER 18, 2019 issue of SCHREIBZENTRUM VIADRINA
Writing centers are popping up worldwide. As more and more institutions of higher education see the need to support writers, writing and writing to learn, they are opening writing centers. However, those tasked with trying to establish writing centers, most often have to learn their business by doing and in relative isolation.
To provide professionals and academics within Europe who are seeking to develop writing centers a sustained opportunity for professional development, the European Writing Centers Association offered its first Summer Institute August 19th-23rd at European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) in Germany, directly at the German-Polish border. Thirty participants from 16 different countries participated. They were invited and accompanied by five experienced Writing Center leaders from Germany, Ireland, and the USA.
Because a central aspect of writing center work is the philosophy of collaborative learning, the Summer Institute was designed to be a truly interactive and participatory learning experience. All topics were delivered to allow all participants to share knowledge and experiences with each other. Together with their leaders, they enhanced their understanding of the following topics:
. Peer writing tutor education
. Working with faculty and administration
. Demonstrating impact: Writing center assessment and more
. The Writing Center budget
. Grant writing for writing center projects
. Possible exchange programs (e.g. Erasmus)
. Working with multilingual students
. Writing center research and publication
. Writing center sustainability
Participants also had ample time to network and to socialize as they walked together to our lodgings in a student hotel across the lovely Oder River that marks the border between Germany and Poland. They shared snacks from their home countries during our daily coffee breaks and spent time each day in small mentoring groups.
To celebrate our hard work at the closing of the Institute, participants created and staged writing circus characters in a Writers‘ Circus, “a very creative and great way to end our time together”, as a participant expressed it.
The feedback of participants was overwhelmingly positive and many expressed how they were looking forward not only to going back to their writing center work, but also to continuing the networking informally and through future summer institutes. The Summer Institute, one participant summarized, “showed me the incredible connections you make with people from all around the world, because we have that one thing in common: The love for writing – and writing consultations and centers!”
Dear colleagues and friends of our writing center,
We cordially invite you to our anniversary celebrating the 10th birthday of the Writing Center at the European-University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany.
When: Thursday, 04 May 2017, 7 pm
What: Official ceremony with speeches, panel discussions, and evening entertainment
Where: Logensaal, Logenstraße 11, 15230 Frankfurt (Oder), Germany
When: Friday, 05 May 2017, during the day*
What: Workshop on writing center assessment with experts from the USA: Ellen Schendel und William Macauley
Where: Campus European-University Viadrina, Große Scharrnstraße 59, 15230 Frankfurt (Oder)
We are delighted that our university’s president Prof. Alexander Wöll will open the ceremonies. After the official opening we will hear speeches from Dr. Katrin Girgensohn, Director of the Center for Key Competences and Research-Oriented Learning at the Viadrina, as well as from Prof. Julie Nelson Christoph, Professor of English and Director of the Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching at the University of Puget Sound, USA. Ceremonies will close with a panel discussion on writing with teachers from all faculties of the European-University Viadrina.
Afterwards there will be accompanying entertainment and time to celebrate together with drinks and food.
We kindly ask you to register with this online form before 20 April 2017. Thank you.
Franziska Liebetanz, Katrin Girgensohn & the team of the Writing Center at the European-University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder)
*Detailed information about the time will be announced soon.