Writing Center Makes Revisions, Changes to System

By Natalie Butz
Copy Editor

The Writing Center has seen some pretty big changes this past year. A new electronic scheduling program and recently added Facebook and Twitter accounts have given the Center an online presence and an updated feel.

“This has been a big year of transition for the Writing Center in general,” said Director of the Center John Boyd. “Moriah [Purdy] has joined us this year as our new assistant director. She’s provided the impetus for so many of the changes we’ve made this year.”

Purdy previously worked as the assistant director of George Mason University’s Writing Center. But she was drawn to WC because of the small liberal arts environment the school offers. Since coming on as the assistant director last fall, Purdy has pushed to make the Center easier for students to use.

One of the first steps was to bring the same online scheduling program she had used while at George Mason to WC.

“I was able to advocate for the implementation of WC Online because I used that exact program at the institution I was at before. That helped to make our transition to online scheduling fairly seamless, I think,” said Purdy.

Although the system is convenient for students because it allows them to book and cancel their own appointments, Boyd said WC Online is helpful to the Center as well.

“It allows us to gather information about writers that will be beneficial to them in future conferences,” said Boyd.

The Center has also organized events to foster a literary community on campus, such as the National Day on Writing last fall.

“The event successfully brought together a number of student writing cohorts on campus. It gave us the opportunity to celebrate writing and collaborate with student publications and other writing factions on campus,” said Purdy.

The hope is that such events will encourage future conversation and collaboration between publications and the Center itself.

“Ideally, we’d like to be seen as a part of the culture of writing at the college. We give more than 1,000 conferences a year to 300-400 individual students, so this is a key place where writers can come to talk about writing,” said Boyd.

Because it is such a hub for teaching writing and for student writers themselves, changes within the Center have widespread implications for the literary community on campus and students in general.

“We think the changes that have happened for us ultimately contribute to the big picture of writing at WC,” said Boyd.

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