Writing and Speaking Support
Writing and Speaking support at NC State includes two centers: Writing and Speaking Tutorial Services (WSTS) for undergraduates and the Graduate Writing Center (GWC) for graduate students. Both centers have primary locations in the Undergraduate Tutorial Center at 101 Park Shops. WSTS and the GWC are committed to a peer-centered model of writing support. Graduate and undergraduate students train to provide feedback for writers based on clarity, structure and organization. The consultant's goal is to make sure the writer's ideas are communicated clearly and effectively to the intended audience. Grammatical issues are addressed as they impact the meaning and clarity of the writing. While consultants are not editors, they work with writers to help them become better editors of their own work.
Writing and Speaking Support News and Updates
WSTS & GWC close at 2:00pm 3/7. Have a great Spring Break everyone! We will see you again at 10:00am on 3/17.
WSTS & GWC Consultants Present at Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference
The annual Southeastern Writing Center Association (SWCA) conference was held last weekend at Eastern Carolina University. The SWCA is a regional affiliate of the International Writing Center Association and holds an annual conference in February each year. There were over 300 people at ECU from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. NC State was fortunate to have two consultants presenting at the conference this year.
WSTS consultant Brooke Wilner gave a wonderful poster presentation about actively including the STEM community in the writing center.
Yes, Brooke's poster does look lonely in this picture. She had such a great audience during her presentation I couldn't get close enough to get a picture of anything but the back of everyone's heads. I had to sneak back later while everyone was back in sessions to get this picture. Brooke said, "Going to my first SWCA Conference was both nerve-wracking and exciting, but the experience was beyond anything that I had imagined. I learned a lot about ideas I had never considered, met students and staff I never would have met, and gained confidence in myself both as a consultant and as a presenter."
Graduate Writing Center consultant Denise Sawyer also had a great audience for her Saturday morning presentation, "Watching our Lanugage: End-comments and Non-confrontational Feedback." Given the more traditional format, this time I was able to get a picture of Denise. Denise had this to say about the SWCA conference, "It was a welcoming environment for a conference. It was nice to meet others in the writing center community and leave with some great insight into writing center theory and practice." Both Brooke and Denise gave excellent presentations and represented the Wolfpack with pride.
For an idea of what a writing support session is like watch this video created by WSTS consultants.
If you have any questions please contact WSTS Coordinator, Dr. Brandy Grabow.