Department of Rhetoric & Writing
Department of Rhetoric & Writing

Undergraduate Writing Center Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary with "The Future of Writing Centers" Symposium

Tue, March 26, 2013
Undergraduate Writing Center Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary with
Peg Syverson

The Undergraduate Writing Center conducts more than 10,000 one-on-one writing consultations each year. To celebrate 20 years of supporting student writers, the UWC hosted a symposium, “The Future of Writing Centers,” on February 22-24. The event drew former UWC consultants as well as writing center directors and staff from as far away as Puerto Rico and Canada. The 125 participants came to reconnect with old friends and make new ones, listen to literary readings by published UWC alumni, and share informed perspectives on writing center development and best practices, through 49 lively presentations.

During the opening reception at the Harry Ransom Center, UWC director Peg Syverson (pictured) characterized writing center work as a significant contribution to writers, the university, and our society. “There is nothing so meaningful for writers as the act of sitting down one-on-one with someone who will provide trained attention to their work. At the heart of our practice is an ethic of care. We provide care for students in their development as writers, and to the community, because literacy is power.  We provide care for consultants in their professional development, and for faculty across departments in support of their teaching. Ultimately, this ethic of care supports mindfulness, critical thinking, and clear writing, which are crucial in this contemporary, complex world.”

The UWC is open Monday through Friday until May 7, and will reopen for summer session June 6. UT undergraduates can make an appointment to meet with a consultant by calling 471-6222.

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