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SSU’s Writing Center director and tutors present at regional conference

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April 29

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Marc Scott and three tutors presented at the East Central Writing Center Association Conference.

Assistant Professor Marc Scott, director of Shawnee State University’s Writing Center and interim director of Developmental Writing, along with three tutors, Jacklyn Hockenberry, Lyna Kelley and Elizabeth Miller, presented at the East Central Writing Center Association Conference (ECWCAC) at Miami University.

ECWCAC a scholarly and professional organization, as well as a network and resource for people involved in writing center work.

Miller was awarded a travel grant from the East-Central Writing Center Association.

“We collaborated on a presentation that can help tutors at other schools and improve their ability to work with Appalachian writers,” Scott said.

The presentation, “Writing (and Tutoring) beyond the Caricatures: Working with Appalachian Students in the Writing Center,” talked about stereotypes and the reality of Appalachian writers, language differences, the barriers to rapport, and recommendations for communicating.

The conference theme, “Fostering a New History: The Next Generation of Writing Centers,” focuses on new directions for writing centers in the 21st century as centers build on scholarship and best practices of the field over the past forty years.

The ECWCA serves more than 475 writing centers in high schools, community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and specialized centers throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, as well as other regions nearby. Members of ECWCA include tutors, directors, and faculty interested in writing center work.

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