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Students Present at National Conference

Accompanied by Writing Center Director Kathleen Shine Cain and Associate Director Erin Duffy Pastore, four Peer Writing Consultants presented at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing in Salt Lake City on November 6th and 7th. Molly Malinowski (’17) and Caroline Urbanek (’17) presented a panel titled “Re-Imagining the Writing Center as a Community of Practice: The Value of Dialogic Reflection”; Myriam Philitas (’17) and Emily Thomas (’16) presented a poster titled “Can You Hear Me Now?: How to Bring Online Tutoring to a Small Liberal Arts College.” Both presentations outlined recent initiatives designed to better prepare consultants and serve students at Merrimack’s Writing Center.

Directors and Peer Writing Consultants to Present at National Conference:

Merrimack College’s Writing Center will be well represented at the annual National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, to be held in Salt Lake City in November. Directors and Peer Writing Consultants will be presenting on two recent Writing Center initiatives:

Associate Director Erin Pastore and Peer Writing Consultants Myriam Philitas and Emily Thomas will present a poster session, “Can You Hear Me Now?: How to Bring Online Tutoring to a Small Liberal Arts College.”

Director Kathleen Shine Cain and Peer Writing Consultants Molly Malinowski, Ashley Widing, and Caroline Urbanek will present a panel, “Re-Imagining the Writing Center as a Community of Practice: The Value of Dialogic Reflection.”

The National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing brings faculty, directors, graduate consultants, and undergraduate consultants together to share research on the theory and practice of Writing Center work. Merrimack hosted the conference in 2000, and Director Kathleen Shine Cain has served on the Executive Board for many years.

On-line Appointments are Here!

The Writing Center is now scheduling real time on-line appointments on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday evenings.

These appointments are ideal for commuter and adult students who cannot return to campus in the evenings to meet with our consultants. They are conducted in real time using a text chat, so they have a personal interaction feeling similar to our in-person sessions.

All you need to do is schedule an appointment, and, at the time of your appointment, upload your paper to our system. Our trained consultants will use the chat feature to help you both work together on any writing topic or challenge you have.

See the directions on MyMack for scheduling appointments.

Graduate Tutoring Available!

The Writing Center now has exclusive hours for graduate students: Every Tuesday from 4 to 6pm, Professional Writing Consultant Rachel Silsbee is available to work exclusively with graduate students. Drop ins are welcome; or to make an appointment, see the directions on MyMack.

(Rachel is also available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9PM, and Associate Director Erin Pastore is available on Mondays from 6PM to 9PM, to work with both undergraduate and graduate students).