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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 7: Conclusion


· 7 · conclusion Final Advice: Join the Writing Center Community When I began my writing center work in 1989–1990, I called on Doug Rawlins of the University of Maine at Farmington Writing Center. His generosity and skill in assisting my high school students made these young adults more sen- sitive to their roles as tutors and more aware of themselves as writers. While writing the two editions of this book, I’ve come to know many writing center people at conferences, via e-mail, and on social media. Over the years I have Skyped in to conferences throughout the U.S. and have risen before dawn to speak with writing center folks in Europe. When I wrote the first edition of this book, an array of university-level writing center professionals provided materials. The past president of the International Writing Centers Association, Jon Olson, answered my e-mail in an instant and participated fully in the online listserv discussions. Just across the parking lot from where I work, on the fourth floor of Neville Hall in UMaine’s Writing Center, Harvey Kail has been a source of information and inspiration. So often as I travel our state to talk about English teaching or writing centers, a teacher stops me and asks, “How’s Harvey?” I’ve also been fortunate to share conversations with Ben Rafoth, Paula Gillespie, and scores of contemporaries on the “Writing Center Mailing List.” 180 a guide to creating student-staffed writing centers While writing this edition of the book, I spent a lot of time...

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