Writing Center News

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.

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! 

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!


Florence Davies to give reading

UWC administrator Florence Davies will read from her fiction on Thursday, September 24th as part of The Big L.A.A.H. Reading Series. The event will be held in Room 453 of the Liberal Arts Building from 4 to 5 p.m. Also on the program is undergraduate author Shailen Scott.

Davies holds an M.F.A. from SUNY-Stony Brook and a B.A. from Texas A&M University. While she was an Aggie undergrad, Davies worked as a peer consultant at the writing center. Since returning to the UWC as a full-time administrator, she has also become the faculty advisor for The Eckleburg Project, Texas A&M's undergraduate literary magazine. Davies also founded The Black Box Writers Residency at Texas A&M, which combines instruction in both writing and performance for aspiring undergraduate authors. Poet Shailen Scott was among the inaugural group of students participating in the residency.


UWC debuts new rap video: "Plagiarize"

Our latest music video explores the dangers of plagiarism. The UWC's own MC Grammar Punch teams up with his buddy Big Punz to help an Aggie writer avoid the plagiarist's world of sloppy citations, lazy notetaking, and inappropriate cutting and pasting--all in a musical homage to Notorious B.I.G.'s "Hypnotize": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWzhNyUAJvo

"Can't Write This" video on USA Today's college edition

The UWC's latest rap video, "Can't Write This," made quite a splash yesterday, getting picked up by USA Today's college-focused website, college.usatoday.com. It was featured on the site's home page, as well as under their "Dare You Not To Smile" banner. The video was also released on all of the UWC's social media outlets, receiving more than 60 shares on Facebook.

A UWC consultant--a graduate student dubbed "M.C. Grammar Punch"--wrote the lyrics, to the tune of M.C. Hammer's "Can't Touch This," and also performed the rap. The video was shot on campus and highlights some prominent Texas A&M landmarks. Two other consultants are also featured in the video, which shows how a student, overwhelmed by a lengthy writing assignment, successfully completes his paper, thanks to help from a writing center consultant. The video was directed, filmed, and edited by UWC staffers. A slightly longer version of the video was also played for incoming Aggies at Fish Camp this past summer, as an introduction to writing center services.

You can watch the video here: http://youtu.be/5TrHskQZrjw?list=UUx4ZRP8E8UGV4poLm3HSeYQ

Welcome to the UWC's new website!

As you've probably noticed, our website now has a brand new look! The site still has all the same great content, but we've given everything a clean, fresh style and made it easier than ever to find what you're looking for.

Note: The address for the home page hasn't changed, but you may need to update your bookmarks for other pages.

Thanks to designer Alison Vellas for our new look, Adrian Salazar and his colleagues at PITO for their many hours of work getting things up and running, and UWC administrator Lauren McAuliffe for the painting that graces our home page.
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