Writing Center Resources

ELECTRONIC RESOURCES

PRINT RESOURCES

K-12 WRITING CENTERS

  • Addison, Joanne, and Sharon James McGee. “Writing in High School/Writing in College: Research Trends and Future Directions.” College Composition and Communication 62.1 (2010): 147-79.
  • Baker, Wills, Anthony Conney, Brandall Jones, David Mullens, Sean Murnan, and Pamela Childers. “Independent Studies in Writing Based in the Writing Center.” Southern Discourse: Publication of the Southeastern Writing Center Association 10.3 (2007): 6-7.
  • Childers, Pamela B. “ “College/High School Connections.” The Writing Lab Newsletter 16.9-10 (1992): 1-2, 8.
  • ——. “The Evolution of Secondary School Writing Centers.” Kansas English 90.2 (2006):83-91.
  • ——. “High School-College Collaborations: Making Them Work.” Across the Disciplines Feb. 2007 http://wac.colostate.edu/atd.
  • ——. “The Talk I Didn’t Give at the Watson Conference.” Writing at the Center: Proceedings of the 2004 Thomas R.Watson Conference Louisville, Kentucky. Eds. Jo Ann Griffin, Carol Mattingly, and Michele Eodice. Emmistburg, MD: IWCA Press, 2007.
  •  ——. “Writing Center or Experimental Center for Faculty Research, Discovery and Risk Taking?” Writing Centers and Writing Across the Curriculum Programs: Building Interdisciplinary Partnerships. Robert W. Barnett and Jacob S. Blumner, eds. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999.
  • Childers, Pamela, Dawn Fels, and Jeanette Jordan. “The Secondary School Writing Center: A Place to Build Confident, Competent Writers.” Praxis 2.2 (2004).
  • Childers, Pamela B., Jud Laughter, Michael Lowry, and Steve Trumpeter. “Developing a Community in a Secondary School Writing Center.” Weaving Knowledge Together: Writing Centers and Collaboration. Carol Peterson Haviland, Maria Notarangelo, Lene Whitley-Putz, and Thia Wolf, eds. Emmitsburg, MD: NWCA Press, 1998.
  • Childers, Pamela B., and Jim Upton. “Political Issues in Secondary School Writing Centers.” The Politics of Writing Centers. Jane Nelson and Kathy Evertz, eds. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2001. 99-109.
  • Farrell, Pamela. The High School Writing Center: Establishing and Maintaining One. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 1989.
  • Farrell-Childers, Pamela, Anne Ruggles Gere, and Art Young. Programs and Practices: Writing Across the Secondary School Curriculum. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton-Cook, 1994.
  • Feltenberger, Alaina. “Opening the Door to Discourse: Cooperation, Authority, and the Inner City High School Writing Center.” Praxis: A Writing Center Journal 5.2 (2008): 1-4.
  • Gardner, Clint, and Pamela Childers. “Differences That Draw Us Together.” Southern Discourse: Publication of the Southeastern Writing Center Association 10.2 (Spring 2007): 6-7.
  • Graham, Steve and Dolores Perin. Carnegie Corporation of New York. Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescent in Middle and High Schools. Washington: Alliance for Excellent Education. 2007.
  • Graham, Steve and Michael Hebert. Carnegie Corporation of New York. Writing to Read: Evidence for How Writing Can Improve Reading. Washington, Alliance for Excellent Education. 2010.
  • Kent, Richard. A Guide to Creating Student-Staffed Writing Centers, Grades 6-12. New York: Peter Lang, 2006.
  • McAndrew, Donald A., and Thomas J. Reigstad. Tutoring Writing: A Practical Guide for Conferences. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook, 2001.
  • Mullin, Joan, and Pamela Farrell-Childers. “The Natural Connection: The WAC Program and the High School Writing Center.” The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational StrategiesIssues and Ideas 69 (1), 24-26.
  • Mullin, Joan A., and Ray Wallace, eds. Intersections: Theory-Practice in the Writing Center. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 1994.
  • Murphy, Christina, and Steve Sherwood. St. Martin’s Sourcebook for Writing Tutors. 3rd ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008.
  • Murphy, Christina, and Byron Stay, eds. The Writing Center Director’s Resource Book. Routledge, 2012.
  • Murray, Donald. Write to Learn. New York: Holt, Rinehart Winston, 1984.
  • ——. A Writer Teaches Writing. 2nd ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1985.
  • Robinson, Wayne. Writing Across Borders. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State Press, 2005.
  • Silk, Bobbie, ed. The Writing Center Resource Manual. Emmitsburg, MD: NWCA Press, 1998.
  • Silva, Peggy. “Launching a High School Writing Center.” Praxis 2.2 (2004).
  • Straka, Jan, and Pamela Childers. “Developing Lifelong Language Skills in a Writing Center.” The Writing Lab Newsletter (2004): 5-6.
  • Tipper, Meg. “Real Men Don’t Do Writing Centers.The Writing Center Journal 19.2 (1999).
  • Turner, Melissa. “Writing Centers: Being Proactive in the Education Crisis.” Clearing House 80.2 (2006): 45-47.
  • Wells, Jennifer. “’It Sounds Like Me’: Using Creative Nonfiction to Teach College Admissions Essays.” English Journal 98.1 (Sept. 2008): 47-52.

Additional General Resources for Secondary School Writing Centers

  • Barnett, Robert, and Jacob Blumner. WAC and Faculty Development in Writing Centers. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999.
  • Bishop, Wendy. Teaching Lives. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 1997.
  • Brannon, Lil, Melinda Knight, and Vara Nemerow-Turk. Writers Writing. Upper Montclair NJ: Boynton/Cook, 1982
  • Briggs, Lynn Craigue, and Meg Woolbright, eds. Stories from the Center: Connecting Narrative and Theory in the Writing Center. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 2000.
  • Childers, Pamela, Eric Hobson, and Joan Mullin. ARTiculating: Teaching Writing in a Visual World. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook, 1998.
  • Duke, Charles R., and Rebecca Sanchez. Assessing Writing Across the Curriculum. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2001.
  • Elbow, Peter. Writing with Power. Rev. ed. New York: Oxford UP, 1998.
  • Gillespie, Paula, et al., eds. Writing Center Research: Extending the Conversation. New York: Routledge, 2001.
  • Harris, Muriel. Tutoring Writing: A Sourcebook for Writing Labs. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 1982.
  • Kinkead, Joyce, and Michael Pemberton. The Center Will Hold. Logan, UT: Utah State UP, 2003.
  • Nelson, Jane, and Kathy Evertz. The Politics of Writing Centers. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook, 2001.
  • Romano, Tom. Clearing the Way: Working with Teenage Writers. Portsmouth NH: Heinemann, 1987.
  • Ryan, Leigh and Lisa Zimmerelli. The Bedford Guide for Writing Tutors. 2th ed. Boston: Bedford, 2006.
  • Shapiro, Susan R., and Deborah A. Marinelli. College Transition: A Critical Thinking Approach. Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
  • Shea, Renee H., Lawrence Scanlon, and Robin Dissin Aufses. The Language of Composition: Reading, Writing, Rhetoric. Boston: Bedfort/St. Martin’s, 2008.
  • Tchudi, Stephen, ed. Alternatives to Grading Student Writing. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 1997.
  • White, Edward M. Assigning, Responding, Evaluating: A Writing Teacher’s Guide. 4th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2007. Prepared for the International Writing Centers Association NCTE Workshop, New York City, November 19, 2007 (updated Oct. 2008).

HISTORY

  • Boquet, Elizabeth H. “Our Little Secret: A History of Writing Centers, Pre- to Post-Open Admissions.” College Composition and Communication 50.3 (1999): 463-82.
  • Carino, Peter. “Early Writing Centers: Toward a History.” The Writing Center Journal 15. 2 (1995): 103-15
  • ——. “Open Admissions and the Construction of Writing Center History: A Tale of Three Models.” The Writing Center Journal 17.1 (1996): 30-48.
  • Harris, Muriel. “What’s Up and What’s In: Trends and Traditions in Writing Centers.” The Writing Center Journal 11.1 (1990): 15-25.
  • Kinkead, Joyce. “The International Writing Centers Association as Mooring: A Personal History of the First Ten Years.” The Writing Center Journal 16.2 (1996): 131-143.
  • Yahner, William, and William Murdick. “The Evolution of a Writing Center: 1972-1990.” The Writing Center Journal 11.2 (1991): 13-28.

ADMINISTRATION, PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT, AND PROFESSIONAL CONCERNS

  • Bell, Jim. “Promotional Ideas for Writing Centers.” Writing Lab Newsletter 21.1 (1996): 1-4.
  • Carroll, Shireen, Bruce Pegg, and Stephen Newmann. “Size Matters: Administering a Writing Center in a Small College Setting.” Writing Lab Newsletter 24.5 (2000): 1-5.
  • Healy, Dave. “Writing Center Directors: An Emerging Portrait of the Profession.” Writing Program Administration 18.3 (Spring 1995): 26-43.
  • Kinkead, Joyce A. Writing Centers in Context: Twelve Case Studies. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 1993.
  • Myers-Breslin, Linda. Administrative Problem-Solving for Writing Programs and Writing Centers: Scenarios in Effective Program Management. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 1999.
  • Olson, Gary A., ed. Writing Centers: Theory and Administration. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 1984.
  • Riley, Terrance. “The Unpromising Future of Writing Centers.” The Writing Center Journal 15.1 (1994): 20-34.
  • Rose, Shirley K., and Irwin Weiser. The Writing Program Administrator as Theorist: Making Knowledge Work. Boynton/Cook, 2002.
  • Stay, Byron L., Christina Murphy, and Eric H. Hobson, eds. Writing Center Perspectives. Emmitsburg, MD: IWCA Press, 1995.
  • Wallace, Ray, and Jeane Simpson, eds. The Writing Center: New Directions. New York: Garland, 1991.

THEORETIC PERSPECTIVES

  • Behm, Richard. “Ethical Issues in Peer Tutoring: A Defense of Collaborative Learning.” The Writing Center Journal 10 (1989): 3-12.
  • Bushman, Donald E. “Past Accomplishments and Current Trends in Writing Center Research: A Bibliographic Essay.” Wallace and Simpson 27-38.
  • Carino, Peter. “Theorizing the Writing Center: An Uneasy Task.” Dialogue: A Journal for Writing Specialists 2.1 (1995): 23-37.
  • Ede, Lisa. “Writing as Social Process: A Theoretical Foundation for Writing Centers?” The Writing Center Journal 9.2 (1989): 3-14 and Murphy and Law 99-107.
  • Gillam, Alice. “Solutions and Trade-offs in the Writing Center.” The Writing Center Journal 12.1 (1991): 63-79.
  • Kail, Harvey, and John Trimbur. “The Politics of Peer Tutoring.” WPA: Writing Program Administration 11 (1987): 5-12 and Murphy and Law 203-210.
  •  Lunsford, Andrea. “Collaboration, Control, and the Idea of a Writing Center.” The Writing Center Journal 12.1 (1991): 3-10; Murphy and Law 109-115; Murphy and Sherwood 36-42.
  • Mullin, Joan A., and Ray Wallace, eds. Intersections: Theory-Practice in the Writing Center. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 1994.
  • Murphy, Christina, and Joe Law, eds. Landmark Essays on Writing Centers. Davis, CA: Hermagoras, 1995.
  • North, Stephen. “The Idea of a Writing Center” College English 46 (1984): 436-446.
  • —— . “Revisiting ‘The Idea of a Writing Center.’” The Writing Center Journal 15.1 (1994): 7-19.
  • Trimbur, John. “Consensus and Difference in Collaborative Learning.” College English 51 (1989): 602-616.
  • —— . “Peer Tutoring: A Contradiction in Terms?” The Writing Center Journal 7.2 (1987): 21-27.
  • Warnock, Tilly, and John Warnock. “Liberatory Writing Centers: Restoring Authority to Writers.” Olson 16-23.

 PRACTICE

  • Barnett, Robert W., and Jacob S. Blumner. The Longman Guide to Writing Center Theory and Practice. New York: Pearson, 2007.
  • Black, Laurel Johnson. Between Talk and Teaching: Reconsidering the Writing Conference. Utah State University Press, 1998.
  • Boquet, Elizabeth H. Noise from the Writing Center. Logan, UT: Utah State UP, 2002.
  • Brooks, Jeff. “Minimalist Tutoring: Making Students Do All the Work.” Barnett and Blumner 219-224.
  • Cogie, Jane. “Peer Tutoring: Keeping the Contradiction Productive.” The Politics of Writing Centers. Jane Nelson and Kathy Evertz. Portsmouth: Boynton/Cook Publishers, 2001. 37-49.
  • Friedlander, Alexander. “Meeting the Needs of Foreign Students in the Writing Center.” Olson 206-215.
  • Fulwiler, Toby. “Provocative Revision.” The Writing Center Journal 12.2 (1992): 190-204 and Murphy and Sherwood 71-82.
  • Geller, Anne Ellen, et al. The Everyday Writing Center: A Community of Practice. Logan, UT: Utah State UP, 2007
  • Gillespie, Paula, and Neal Lerner. The Longman Guide to Peer Tutoring. 2nd ed. New York: Pearson , 2008.
  • Grimm, Nancy. Good Intentions: Writing Center Work for Postmodern Times. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook, 1999.
  • Harris, Muriel. “Talking in the Middle: Why Writers Need Writing Tutors.” College English 57.1 (1995): 27-42.
  • Kiedaisch, Jean, and Sue Dinitz. “”Look Back and Say ‘So What'”: The Limitations of the Generalist Tutor.” The Allyn and Bacon Guide to Writing Center Theory and Practice.
  • Robert W. Barnett and Jacob S. Blumner. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2001. 260-271.
  • Konstant, Shoshona Beth. “Muti-sensory Tutoring for Multi-sensory Learners. Writing Lab Newsletter 16.9-10 (1992): 6-8 and Murphy and Sherwood 108-111.
  • McAndrew, Donald A. and Thomas J. Reigstad. “What Tutoring Is: Models and Strategies.” Tutoring Writing: A Practical Guide for Conferences. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook, 2001. 42-69.
  • Neff, Julie. “Learning Disabilities in the Writing Center.” Mullin and Wallace 81-95.
  • Newkirk, Thomas. “The First Five Minutes: Setting the Agenda in a Writing Center Conference.”  Barnett and Blumner 302-315.
  • Powers, Judith K. “Rethinking Writing Center Conferencing Strategies for the ESL Writer. The Writing Center Journal 13.2 (1993): 39-47.
  • Shamoon, Linda K., and Deborah H. Burns. “A Critique of Peer Tutoring.” Barnett and Blumner 225-241.
  • Shamoon, Linda K., and Deborah H. Burns. “Labor Pains: A Political Analysis of Writing Center Tutoring.” The Politics of Writing Centers. Jane Nelson and Kathy Evertz. Portsmouth, NJ: Boynton/Cook, 2001. 62-73.
  • Trimbur, John. “Peer Tutoring: A Contradiction in Terms?” The Writing Center Journal 7 (1987): 21-28.

 PEER TUTOR TRAINING AND ISSUES

  • Bannister-Wills, Linda. “Developing a Peer Tutor Program.” Olson: 132-143.
  • Capossela, Toni-Lee. The Harcourt Brace Guide to Peer Tutoring. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1998.
  • Harris, Muriel. Teaching One-to-One: The Writing Center Conference. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 1986.
  • Murphy, Christina, and Steve Sherwood. The St. Martin’s Sourcebook for Writing Tutors. New York: St. Martin’s, 1995.
  • Raforth, Ben. A Tutor’s Guide: Helping Writers One to One. New York: Heinemann, 2000.
  • Reigstad, Thomas J., and Donald McAndrew. Training Tutors for Writing Center Conferences. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 1984.
  • Ryan, Leigh. The Bedford Guide for Writing Tutors. Boston: Bedford, 1994.
  • Smith, Louise, and Emily Myer. The Practical Tutor. New York: Oxford, 1987.

 ONLINE WRITING CENTERS

  • Hobson, Eric H. Wiring the Writing Center. Logan, UT. Utah UP, 1998.
  • Inman, James A., and Donna M. Sewell. Taking Flight with OWLs: Examining Electronic Writing Center Work. Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2000.
  • Inman, James A., and Clinton Gardner. The OWL Construction and Maintenance Guide. Emmitsburg, MA: IWCA Press, 2001.
  • ——.“Online Writing Labs: Should We? Will We? Are We?” Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy 1.1 (1996).

ASESSMENT

  • Bell, James H. “When Hard Questions are Asked: Evaluating Writing Centers.” The Writing Center Journal, 21.1 (2000):  7-28. 
  • Donnelli, Emily, and Kristen Garrison. “Tapping Multiple Voices in Writing Center Assessment.” Academic Exchange Quarterly 7.4 (2003).
  • Law, Joe. “Accreditation and the Writing Center: A Proposal for Action.” Writing Center Perspectives. Ed. Byron Stay, Christina Murphy and Eric Hobson. Emmitsburg, MD: NWCA Press, 1995. 155-161.
  • Law, Joe, and Christina Murphy. “Formative Assessment and the Paradigms of Writing Center Practice.” The Clearing House 71.2 (1997): 106-108.
  • Lerner, Neal. “Counting Beans and Making Beans Count.” Writing Lab Newsletter 22.1 (1997): 1-3.
  • Thompson, Isabelle. “Writing Center Assessment: Why and a little How.” The Writing Center Journal 26.1 (2006): 33.
  • Walvoord, Barbara E. Assessment Clear and Simple: A Practical Guide for Institutions, Departments, and General Education. New York: Jossey-Bass, 2010.