The Inkshed newsletter mailbox is always open. If someone wants to compile the Writing Centre
information into one or more articles, we can include it/them in the August edition along with any
hardcopies we receive of the 2000 conference presentations. (Deadline: August 15).
The Fall issue (deadline: Oct. 15) will focus on intersections of writing and technology--on-line
courses, on-line responding, etc.
Hope you all have a great summer!
Jo-Anne Andre & Barbara Schneider
Editors, Inkshed Newsletter
Virginia Ryan wrote:
> Hi again, Janice.
> I'm sorry about my multi-day silence; I got swallowed up by another project which is now,
> for the moment, out of my hands.
> A Web site on Canadian writing centres and/or an Inkshed article on same would be
> invaluable to those of us who work in such places (and perhaps to others, as well). I fully
> recall, now, the brief email dialogue I had with Margaret Procter on this subject last year...
> It occurred in the spring, though, when I suppose many interested individuals were closing shop
> for the summer. In any event, Margaret proposed on the CASLL listserv some Writing Centre
> topics worthy of exploration, I added some topics to that list - and that's as far as things
> ever got. And I'm wondering whether the same thing might happen now, and for the same reason
> (our Writing Centre is open all summer, but perhaps the majority are closed until autumn?) - or
> because, as Margaret has suggested, a number of Canadian writing centres may be insufficiently
> funded to have full Internet access...
> What I'm suggesting, I guess, is that autumn might be a more fruitful time for obtaining
> people's attention (of course, it's also the busiest time of year for most of us, which I'm
> suspecting is why you're attempting to start the survey now...). But in any event, here's some
> information on our centre at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
> We have a very small but growing website (that's one of our major projects this summer),
> which can be reached at <http://www.mun.ca/writingcentre>. I'm the contact person, and my phone
> number is (709) 737-3168. Our writing centre is a drop-in facility that serves all
> undergraduate and graduate students at Memorial (total student population of almost 16,000,
> with schools/faculties of Arts, Science, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing, Business, Music,
> Education, Social Work, etc.) The centre is staffed with undergraduate peer tutors - up to 19
> at our busiest times, and as few as 6 over the summer; staff training is currently via
> workshops and on-the-job, only, although developing a credit course on peer tutoring/writing
> pedagogy is one of my fondest dreams...
> We deliver individual tutorials, provide faculty support, and design and deliver in-class
> presentations at student or faculty request. These presentations are in growing demand, and
> consume an increasing amount of our time and other resources. We're also preparing to deliver
> online tutoring, as a result of numerous requests to serve the fast-growing distance education
> population. And we also attempt to serve as a liaison between the university and the provincial
> school system in discussing issues related to the preparedness of high school graduates for the
> reading and writing demands of post-secondary education.
> Janice, I'm afraid that I can't volunteer to co-write an article with you right now; I have
> no assistance other than my undergraduate tutors, and my responsibilities seem to be
> mushrooming daily. But if I can help you to collect this kind of information from other writing
> centre directors, or in any other way assist you in developing a Canadian forum for discussing
> writing centre issues, please let me know and I'll do whatever I can. By the way - are you
> still planning to post something to the Canadian Writing Centre listserv? It certainly is
> inactive - it often makes me wonder in a lonely kind of way whether there's anybody out
> there...or whether we're all just too busy at our own centres to become a part of any larger
> Ginny Ryan
> Writing Centre Director
> Memorial University of Newfoundland
> Janice Freeman wrote:
> > Hi everyone!
> > Over a year ago, I mentioned to the CASLL list members that I was trying to compile
> > information about Canadian Writing Centres (broadly defined) with the goal of putting
> > together a web page. Well.... I didn't get very far then, but I have a student who is keen
> > to help me with it this summer, so I'm trying again.
> > So if you have a place on your campus where students can go for tutorial support in writing
> > (and other subjects), either peer or professional tutoring, can you please give me the
> > following information:
> > 1) web address, if available
> > 2) contact information, including phone #
> > 3) services/resources provided
> > 4) any other relevant info/resources that I should know about
> > [I'll get more specific information from individuals rather than clutter up the list.]
> > The CAW has a web site, with a small OWL. You can have a look at it, although we're just in
> > the midst of updating it this summer: http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/~caw/
> > I'll keep you up to date as the work progresses.
> > Thanks for your help.
> > Janice Freeman
> > Tutoring Coordinator
> > Centre for Academic Writing
> > University of Winnipeg
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