Fall 2013

With fifteen classes coming to the Writing Center weekly and 750 consultations, this semester was busy! We more than doubled the number of consultations from last year (the entire academic year!) in just this one semester. 381 unique students came to see us, which is approximately 18.5% of the student body. We hope to raise that to 20% in Spring 2014!

The ENG 110 classes went well–survey results showed that ~80% of students strongly agreed or agreed that the Lab had helped with each of the 5 Student Learning Outcomes (developing a main idea, organization, style, conventions, and revision). As with the previous semester, the group work and individualized instruction were the most highly-rated activities.

Many activities throughout the semester focused on organization and style, as those were two areas that were weak in pretests. We wrote many paragraphs, learned different strategies for outlining, and practiced varying sentence structure (which is much more fun than it sounds). Here’s an example:

“The dog ran toward his owner.” turns into “Slobbering, the dog bounded toward his owner, a man in a plaid shirt.”

Activities like this and the hard work of tutors, professors, and students all contributed to making this semester a success!

New Tutors!

Two of our new peer tutors!

Two of our new peer tutors!

Both peer tutors and professional tutors are preparing to work in the Writing Center this fall. With an expanded staff, the center will be open from 8 am until at least 7pm Monday through Thursday. Having new tutors also means that we have more specializations available. We have a tutor who is a Criminal Justice major, one who is a graduate student, and one who is a Kinesiotherapy major, just to name a few! Our professional tutors bring years of experience teaching at colleges and universities across the country, from Florida to Hawaii to Georgia to our own Johnston County. They also have specializations and are ready to help students, faculty, and staff with whatever writing projects the new school year brings.

Look for more posts highlighting our tutors soon.

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They helped me …

They helped me to plan my work more and be organized with my work.

ENG 110 preliminary survey results are in! The quote above is from a student in the Writing Lab. Here are a few other comments about what students enjoyed the most about the Lab:

I would have to say the peer review.

the personal attention.

one on one time with the tutors

The group activities involving writings and picking them a part.

working on my thesis statements, making them stronger and revising papers

I LOVE Peer-review. I’ve never done it before, but i did enjoy it.

–keep looking for more results this summer!

Poetry Workshop

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Poet, herbalist, and mother Ekere Tallie visited Shaw University on March 28th. She conducted a writing workshop in the morning, and then read her own work in the afternoon.
Here are a few writing prompts from the morning workshop:

1. Write down everything that you saw this morning–all of the small ordinary details.

2. Describe something commonplace, like an apple, without using the visual words associated with it (red, color, etc.)

3. Smell a candle–with your eyes shut (and without looking at the label) write about the memories that smell brings.

4. Listen to music without lyrics, and describe the setting that you see in your mind.

It was a wonderful visit, and Professor Dighton and Bowers’s classes were wonderful participants! Thank you to all who came out!

More information about Ekere Tallie can be found here : http://ekeretallie.wordpress.com/

Good luck with your writing!

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