“We can talk talk talk all day long, but there's no substitute for doing it. The guy with a theory (the expert) will always be at the mercy of the guy with an experience (the amateur). Beginner's mind. We are unabashed amateurs.”Read More
“In honor of Praxis’ forthcoming special issue, ‘Race & the Writing Center,’ I’d like to spotlight one workshop in particular that continues to resonate with me and has productively influenced our writing center: ‘Beyond Inclusion: Developing a Mindful Approach to Racial Justice in Tutor Training,’ created by Natasha Tinsley, Hillary Coenen, Lisa Wright, and Fehintola Folerin. [. . .]
Useful as it is to regularly discuss the importance of antiracist work, we also need to regularly practice it. Tinsley et al.'s workshop presents the means to do so with its challenging, welcoming, and accessible series of activities.”Read More
“Things will get crazy in "the last best place" (Davis), sooner or later. Anybody who has been with us any length of time knows this. Don't fear it. Embrace it. Use it as a catalyst for creativity.”Read More
The submission deadline for our Special Issue on Race & The Writing Center is just three weeks away! Click through for the complete CFP. All submissions and questions should come to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More
The work of tolerance and acceptance, and the work of teaching writing, is getting people to think about their preconceived notions. This is why we should help those students we disagree with. We can’t change their worldview, but the writing center consultation has the potential to encourage students to start asking more and better questions about what they think and why they think it, and we can, if this isn’t too arrogant, serve as a space where students can enlarge their understanding.Read More
Pax Gutierrez-Neal, our pal, out-going Assistant Program Coordinator at UT’s University Writing Center, and recent survivor of the job market kicks off Axis’s summer blogging with some wisdom for those facing campus interviews in the coming year.Read More
We are pleased to announce that the spring 2018 issue of Praxis is now available!
Thank you very much to the authors and editorial board that contributed to this issue, and we hope you enjoy reading it.
Axis will return soon with our regular posting, but we're excited, and we want to take every opportunity to promote the CFP for our upcoming special issue, in collaboration with our co-editors! See the full CFP below:
Praxis: A Writing Center Journal
Call For Papers: Race & The Writing Center
For a special Spring 2019 issue, Praxis: A Writing Center Journal welcomes submissions related to the theme of “Race & the Writing Center.”Read More
"As an artist and what Steve Sherwood calls an 'artist-as-tutor,' I am both 'hunter' and 'maker' of kairotic situations. By following creative impulses, I encounter singular opportunities to nudge writers down paths of creative inquiry and emboldened writing, which I define as writing instilled with boldness, authentic heart and purpose."Read More
"Should writing centres encourage students to sign up for group sessions, or should they focus on promoting one-to-one sessions? What are the benefits of working with multiple students, and what is negative about this work? In many disciplines, such as math and science, group sessions are quite common; why is this different for writing?Read More
Jason Hoppe—founding director of the West Point Writing Program, Writing Fellows Program, and Mounger Writing Center—argues for why we should tell more stories about the difficulties of writing center work.Read More
"We work with writers to establish their ideas, restructure their argument, and clarify their writing. But as we unpack their ideas in these ways, we also unpack our own assumptions, as well as the assumptions and stereotypes that are prevalent in our society.
The writing centre allows us the time and the space to connect and to talk through matters of social justice, to have these conversations that we wouldn’t be having otherwise."Read More
In our last post for the semester, Pax Gutierrez-Neal (UT grad student and Assistant Program Coordinator here at the UWC) has some insightful things to say about teaching and teaching statements, one of the most feared job materials in the academic world.Read More