Resources for Faculty
We hope to support your students in becoming more aware of their writing process—from the limitlessness and inertia of brainstorming and drafting to the analysis and discernment of revision, editing, and proofreading.
What purpose does the Writing Center serve at Evergreen?
We offer peer-to-peer, nondirective tutoring that aims to center the goals of the student writer. The Writing Center and peer writing tutors are just one part of what could be considered an "ecosystem of writing support" at Evergreen. To get a sense of where we fit inside this ecosystem we recommend that you learn about (or reacquaint yourself with) our methodology by reading our Mission & Vision Statements on our home page, our Appointments page (including its' "Myths about the Writing Center" section) and by digging into the course readings for the 2-credit class that tutors take as training, Cultivating Voice: A Writing Tutors' Craft.
To learn more about what else may be living in this "ecosystem of writing" we recommend getting involved with Summer Institutes on writing, holding dialogues about writing and/or Writing Across the Curriculum with your teaching partners or other colleagues, and visiting The Washington Center for Undergraduate Education and Evergreen's Faculty Development page as well as investigating or becoming a part of conversation with the First Year Experience group, the Mentor Council, and many other areas on campus. You might even peruse the student groups for this year—oftentimes there are clubs that are focused on writing.
What Kind of Peer Tutor Support is Available for my Course or Program?
- Your students can visit the Writing Center up to twice per week. They can also create weekly appointments to explore their writing process on a regular basis.
- Your students can come to our Writers' Rooms. These walk-in spaces are designed to encourage folks to see writing as a social and enjoyable act and can encourage folks to meet other writers, share their own knowledge with their peers, and access tutors on an as-needed basis.
- Tutors can visit your class for an introductory visit. Our tutors can visit your program to describe our services and encourage that your students make one-on-one appointments at the Writing Center.
- Your class can visits us for an introductory visit. Your class can visit the Writing Center. Tutors describe our services and help people get acquainted with the Writing Center as a resource on campus in our space. Sometimes we also pair this with a short (20-minute) workshop on the five-stage writing process.
- Tutors can facilitate an in-class workshop. Tutors can collaborate (with each other or with you) on peer review workshops and revision workshops. (Depending on tutor availability. Please give plenty of notice when requesting an in-class workshop.)
- Tutors can come to your program to tutor. Tutors can collaborate with you to support your class during class time. (Depending on tutor availability.)
- The Director or Assistant Director can lead an in-program workshop. The Director or Assistant director may be available to deliver workshops on peer review, revision, citation, and plagiarism. They may also be able to collaborate on an original workshop. Please give plenty of notice (at least 2 weeks) if requesting an original workshop. Typically only available on Olympia Campus.
- You can assign or your students can access Inkwell Readings. Tutors offer their insight into writing at Evergreen in writing. See "Students' Voices on Writing," below.
Students' Voices on Writing
The Writing Center has its own publication, Inkwell: A Student Guide to Writing at Evergreen. Written by former or current Evergreen Writing Center tutors, the articles are accessible in ways that writing texts often are not. We have created six packets of themed Inkwell articles that faculty can incorporate in a pick-and-choose fashion into their program syllabi to support their students with writing. These articles are written by Evergreen students with Evergreen students as the audience. The voice in the articles is friendly, inviting, encouraging, even, dare we say, inspiring.
The Writing Center pursues its mission in relationship to many levels of stakeholders, including: the diverse students of Evergreen, the Administration of the College, the Faculty, the greater community of Writing Centers in higher education and the greater community of writers at large. We hope through this collection of letters to reveal our history of thought and include ourselves in the ongoing dialogues about how to best serve our multilayered communities.