#wcchat 5/12/16

Join us to chat about writing (centers) in isolation!

Join our bi-weekly chat!

This week, we are discussing isolation in, and around, the writing center.

Isolation can occur in academic settings for various reasons. Sometimes, it can happen when philosophies differ among colleagues or departments. Other times, it's as simple as location. The causes can differ, but at various points, isolation in the writing center can become an obstacle that trips up even the most successful centers. Dealing with these struggles, and seeking connections to overcome them, poses an interesting point of discussion for consultants and directors. Join us to talk about what isolation looks like for our centers, how it impacts us at various levels, and what we can do to connect and overcome isolation.


Thursday, May 12th, 8pm

This is an online event.

Chat norms:

  • Follow the moderator (Kyle Boswell is moderating this week: @boskm).
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  • Respond with "A" and corresponding question number at the front of your tweet.
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  • Focus on quality responses and questions that generate discussions that focus on our writing center practices.


  • Q1: How is your center an island unto itself? Or rather, how is your center isolated?
  • Q2: How does isolation on campus differ from isolation between centers? Is one more damaging?
  • Q3: When/How do you feel isolated as a consultant?
  • Q4: How does isolation, whether felt as a consultant, client, or center itself, impact how writing centers operate? Is there a way around it?
  • Q5: How can the writing center become a place of connection? (Think departmentally, and between centers)
  • Q6: What strategies can help us build connections? (This stems from the previous question.)