Writing Center News


The UWC is hiring!


The University Writing Center (UWC) is looking for grad students to begin working as peer writing consultants in the fall. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. We're also looking for a diverse staff, so students from underrrepresented populations are also strongly encouraged to apply! 

As a UWC consultant, you’ll help your fellow Aggies improve their written and spoken communication, working with them both in person and online. In addition, you’ll present workshops, develop tutoring materials, and represent the UWC at campus functions.

Best of all, you’ll work in a supportive, creative environment in an on-campus job that helps you hone your interpersonal and communication skills. 

Do you need to be a grammar nerd to work here? Nope. You do need to be a good student, a good writer, and comfortable talking to people. If you’ve ever helped someone learn to swim or play an instrument—and enjoyed doing so—this job might be a great fit for you.

As a consultant, you’ll earn certification from the College Reading and Learning Association, and we’ll pay you for the time you spend attending our training.

If this job sounds like something you’d be interested in, apply now!
 

UWC offers Spotify writing playlists

The UWC is now on Spotify as "writeradio." We've put together a number of writing-friendly playlists, designed to help you coax your words on to the page. 

The idea for the playlists came from UWC administrator Nick Cenegy, who often has music playing softly in the background when he leads a writing group. Students mentioned how much they liked having the music on, which inspired him to create a number of instrumental playlists to use as background for writing sessions.

Several other administrators have now added their playlists to the UWC's Spotify account as well. For instance, there's one called "Club U Dub C" and another called "Write It Up, Turn It Loose."

So, the next time you need to get in a writing frame of mind, check out Writeradio on Spotify.

UWC hiring media interns & student graphic designer


The UWC is currently accepting applications for its student media team. These part-time positions will begin in the fall of 2017. (Students graduating in December of 2017 will not be considered.)

If you're interested in doing creative work in a casual and supportive on-campus environment, this might be the job for you!

Media Interns
Position: We're looking for experienced and talented students to help us produce videos and/or podcasts. Under the guidance of a UWC administrator, you'll write, edit, and produce content, as well as conducting interviews and recording narration. You'll create both promotional and educational materials in a relaxed office with lots of other student workers. This is a great opportunity to add to your media portfolio. Plan to work between 10 and 20 hours a week with your schedule built around your classes.

Requirements: Knowledge of video and/or audio editing software programs is required, along with excellent communication skills. Must be comfortable both in front of AND behind a camera or microphone. Must have samples of previous media work available. Must be available to work as a student until at least May 2018. (And let us know if you qualify for Work/Study funding.)

To apply: Send an email outlining your experience and qualifications to Nancy Vazquez at nvazquez@tamu.edu. Must include an up-to-date resume and links to your previous media work.


Graphic Designer
Position
: Student designer wanted to work between 10 and 20 hours a week designing flyers, social media graphics, presentations, and educational materials. This is a great opportunity to build your design portfolio. Hours can be adjusted to suit your class schedule.

Requirements: Applicants must be experienced with Adobe Creative Suite, including Illustrator and PhotoShop, and have a good understanding of basic design principles. Previous graphic design experience and/or training is required. Photography skills and drawing ability are a plus. Experience with Macs preferred. Must have samples of your previous work available for us to review. Must be available to work as a student through at least May 2018. (And let us know if you qualify for Work/Study funding.)

To apply: Send an email explaining your qualifications and experience to Nancy Vazquez at nvazquez@tamu.edu. Must attach an up-to-date resume and samples (or a link to samples) of your previous design work. Indicate your expected graduation date.


We're hiring!


The University Writing Center (UWC) is looking for undergraduates and grad students to begin working as peer writing consultants this fall.  Students from any major are encouraged to apply!

As a UWC consultant, you’ll help your fellow Aggies improve their written and spoken communication, working with them both in person and on line. In addition, you’ll present workshops, develop tutoring materials, and represent the UWC at campus functions.

Best of all, you’ll work in a supportive, creative environment in an on-campus job that helps you hone your interpersonal and communication skills. Working at the UWC is great preparation for graduate or professional school, as well as just about any career. Our former consultants are now lawyers, teachers, doctors, researchers, policy experts, artists, and engineers—and most still say working at the UWC was the best job they ever had.

Do you need to be a grammar nerd to work here? Nope. You do need to be a good student and comfortable talking to people.

As a consultant, you’ll earn certification from the College Reading and Learning Association, and we’ll pay you for the time you spend attending our training.

Undergrads start at $9 and grad students start between $12 and $15, with the opportunity to earn more if you complete additional training.

If this job sounds like something you’d be interested in, apply now!

We’ll be reviewing applications and conducting interviews in March and April.
 
The UWC is also looking for students interested in working as media interns and graphic designers. For more on those positions, contact Nancy Vazquez at nvazquez@tamu.edu.
 

Weekly NaNoWriMo Write-ins Set for November

As part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), we'll once again be hosting weekly on-campus write-ins every Tuesday in November.
 
The UWC is joining forces with the English Department to host this year’s events for the BCS WriMOs, the local NaNoWriMo group.  Each Tuesday, from 6:30 to 7 p.m., writers from across the community are invited to join a general writing discussion in Evans Library, Room 211. Then from 7 to 9 p.m., we’ll switch to writing mode, with some competitive writing sprints to keep everyone energized and up those word counts.
 
There’s no need to sign up and coffee and snacks will be provided.
 
For the uninitiated, NaNoWriMo is an online event that challenges writers to finish a 50,000-word novel during the month of November. Participants share their word counts online and often meet in local venues to write together.
 
The event encourages novelists to overcome the hurdle of getting words on the page by writing quickly and building momentum. Revision? There’s time for that in December and beyond.
 
The approach seems to work: a number of well-known authors have published successful novels that started as NaNoWriMo projects, and the international online program grows in popularity each year.  Learn more at http://nanowrimo.org/.
 
If you’re a novelist—or you aspire to be—join us Tuesday nights in November.
 

Graduate Workshops set for Monday nights


Monday, September 19th marks the beginning of this semester's series of Graduate Student Workshops, brought to you by the University Writing Center (UWC). The workshops will run weekly from September 19th through November 7th and will cover a variety of communication-related topics from writing a research statement to managing writing deadlines.

The workshops will meet from 7 to 8 p.m., Mondays in Evans Library, Room 211. These are informal, interactive workshops designed to help you hone some of the key communication skills you need to succeed both as a grad student and in your life beyond Texas A&M.

These workshops are part of the G.R.A.D. Aggies certificate program. Participants can receive one unit of credit after attending and completing a brief quiz on ECampus.

For the full schedule of workshops and to register go to: http://writingcenter.tamu.edu/Students/Graduate-Students/Graduate-Student-Workshops.

IWCA Summer Institutes meets in Bryan


This week, administrators from writing centers all around the U.S.--and even a few from outside the U.S.--are meeting here in Aggieland to take part in the International Writing Centers Association's Summer Institute. The program offers writing center directors, other writing center administrators, tutors, and writing center researchers a week of intensive discussion and reflection on the unique work conducted by writing centers. This year's theme is "Designing Your Center," and participants are considering that in a variety of ways, including contemplating the role that writing centers fill in their larger institutions.

During their time here, the Institute's attendees are touring both the UWC and the Blinn Writing Center. They're also doing some hands-on projects to help them reimagine the spaces occupied by writing centers, both literally and figuratively.

We're looking forward to a great week of exchanging ideas!

Dr. Candace Hastings to serve as UWC director

Dr. Candace Hastings has been promoted to the position of director of the University Writing Center (UWC). Hastings will manage the day-to-day operation of the UWC under Dr. Valerie Balester, assistant provost for Undergraduate Studies who will continue to oversee both the UWC and the Academic Success Center. 

Hastings, who has been the UWC's associate director since 2006, earned her Ph.D. in Higher Ed Administration from Texas A&M in 2010. Before coming to the UWC, she was the assistant director for Instructional Technology Services at A&M. She also previously served as the Dean of Distance Education at Blinn College and has many years of teaching experience in both traditional and online environments. She also serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development at Texas A&M. 

Congratulations, Dr. Hastings! 

Come to Final Paper Countdown!


On Sunday, May 1st and Monday, May 2nd, the University Writing Center will once again host a Final Paper Countdown.

This undergraduate writing retreat is designed to help students complete their final papers and projects for the semester. Students can sign up for a one- to four-hour block of time to come and write in Evans Library, Room 211.

The UWC will provide a quiet place to work, free snacks and drinks, and access to both writing consultants and librarians to answer any questions that arise. Reserve your spot today!

The event will run from 5 p.m. to midnight both nights. Walk-ins will be accepted, space permitting.
 

UWC Announces Winners of the 2016 Aggie Voices Contest

The UWC is pleased to announce the winners of this year's Aggie Voices Contest.

Hattie Atkins took top prize in the Argumentative/Persuasive Category with her piece, "The Gift That Keeps on Giving," urging more people to sign up as organ donors. Atkins is a freshman with plans to study nursing.

In addition, two top prizes were awarded in the Creative Category. Catherine Caprio won for her flash fiction piece, "Picture of Paradise" and Sarah Fleming won for "Camilla," the opening piece to a novel she's writing.

The three winners each receive a $100 Amazon gift card.

The winners were selected by the members of the W and C Course Committee. Students were invited to submit entries, including both written and multi-media works, in one of three categories: Argumentative/Persuasive, Creative, and Scientific/Technical. The judges felt that the entries in the Scientific/Technical category fell short of their standards, so they elected not to award a winner in that category but rather to award two entries in the more competitive Creative category.

Thanks to all those who submitted their work and congratulations to our winners!

 
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