My name is Shawn, and I’m a sophomore in college working on a major in Creative Writing. I’m also a tutor at our writing center here at California University of PA.
I’m currently working on a project for the upcoming NCPTW, and I need your help. I’m asking tutors and directors all over for their response to this question: In your personal experience, how would you describe what a writing center is in fifteen words or less?
By gathering responses from a variety of individuals from a wide range of area, I hope to understand all the different ways that there are to view a writing center and what its role is in a community.
Then, drawing on my experience as a creative writing major, I hope to craft these responses into an epic poem of sorts that will capture all these different perspectives.
So, make your responses as unique and as creative as you wish! Is a writing center like a steamship churning upriver or a hot air balloon gliding through the air? Is it as infectious as a virus, as comforting as an old shoe, as unpredictable and all-knowing as a Magic 8-Ball? It can be anything, as long as it’s the truth.
I would appreciate if all responses could be submitted by Sunday, October 14, 2012. You can post them below, or you can email me directly at email@example.com
Thanks and happy writing!
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