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A Guide to Creating Student-Staffed Writing Centers, Grades 6–12, Revised Edition

Richard Kent

A Guide to Creating Student-Staffed Writing Centers, Grades 612, Revised Edition is a how-to and, ultimately, a why-to book for middle school and high school educators as well as for English/language arts teacher candidates and their methods instructors. This revised and updated International Writing Centers Association 2006 Book of the Year shows writing centers as places where writers work with each other in an effort to develop ideas, discover a thesis, overcome procrastination, create an outline, or revise a draft. Ultimately, writing centers help students become more effective writers. Visit any college or university in the United States and chances are there is a writing center available to students, staff, and community members. Writing centers support students and busy teachers while emphasizing and supporting writing across the curriculum.


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Chapter 5: Working Drafts: Writing Centers in Action


· 5 · working drafts Writing Centers in Action To quote my teacher James Britton, “Good classrooms have all kinds of possi- bilities.” The same holds true for writing centers: Every-anything is possible. Please don’t feel limited by my views or experiences, or by the stories of the writing centers shared in this chapter. At our writing center, we never worked to get community volunteers involved; you may. We didn’t nurture and expand our affiliation with the university writing center just thirty-five miles down the road; however, you might like to be more connected to a university. We created separate classes for writing center student-editors; you may not have that freedom or interest. This is all to say, have fun scheming the possibilities of your writing center and develop it in a way that fits you, your students, and your school community. Founding Foxcroft During their first year together at Foxcroft Academy (FA), English teachers Bridget Wright and Nicholas Miller talked about starting a writing center at the 193-year-old school in north-central Maine. Both teachers studied writing center work while in college. During her undergraduate days, Bridget served as a writing center tutor at the University of Maine at Farmington; as for Nick, he learned about writing centers in my English methods course at UMaine. 110 a guide to creating student-staffed writing centers Swept away in frenetic lives as teachers, dormitory parents, and coach-advisors, Nick and Bridget placed their writing center conversation on hold. A year later, after attending a National Writing...

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