Digital Resources

In addition to the WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship print publication, the editorial team works to create other resources for the community. This page provides access to those additional resources.

Digital Edited Collections (DECs)

So what is a DEC? by Muriel Harris

Deciding on what to call the resources available here was difficult. They aren't exactly "books" or "anthologies" or even just "collections." But after some discussion and brainstorming, we settled on the term "Digital Edited Collection" (with DEC as the obvious acronym) to describe what you'll find in this section of the WLN website. The term is meant to encapsulate what each DEC brings together—chapters on a particular topic, written by writing center scholars, reviewed by outside readers, refined in collaboration with editors, and available as open access on a digital platform. And because these DECs are digital, the authors have enriched them with links to more sources, graphics, video clips, and other multimodal documents that offer resources for you to read, watch, listen to, and learn from.

Wellness and Care in Writing Center Work 

January 26, 2021

Wellness and Care in Writing Center Work, an open-access collection edited by Genie Giaimo, features a wide-ranging and interdisciplinary set of pedagogical and scholarly chapters on wellness that engage with current research in writing center studies, as well as in other fields such as psychology, education, critical race studies, queer studies, feminist studies, and sociology. Emerging voices demand the need for more systemic and anti-racist wellness and care programs and practices—for writing center workers and writers alike—and provide guidance for writing center practitioners to implement and assess different kinds of wellness programs in their writing centers.

Transfer of Learning in the Writing Center

February 15, 2020

Edited by Bonnie Devet and Dana Lynn Driscoll, WLN's second DEC focuses on transfer of learning in the writing center, presenting seven chapters from writing center scholars. The scholars analyze the state of transfer scholarship for writing center practitioners and describe both the theory and training necessary to support transfer in the center.

How We Teach Writing Tutors

January 15, 2019

Edited by Karen Gabrielle Johnson and Ted Roggenbuck, WLN's first DEC compiles 18 chapters related to the education of tutors from writing center scholars and professionals. Authors represent many universities and models of writing centers including online centers, undergraduate peer centers, multiliteracy centers, speaking and writing centers, and more. Chapters present theoretical frameworks, praxis, and empirical studies related to the important work of preparing writing tutors.

Online Webinars

Periodically (and typically announced via the WCENTER listserv, WLN editors meet in real-time with prospective authors to discuss and workshop issues related to publishing in the academic journal. The links below lead to videos of past sessions.

Introduction to Publishing in WLN
In this first webinar in the WLN workshop series, Associate Editors Elizabeth Kleinfeld, Sohui Lee, and Julie Prebel provide general information about publishing in WLN and WLN's submission guidelines, acceptance rates, and author resources housed on the WLN website. Along with this overview of the journal, the editors provide an overview and analysis of two major types of scholarly articles in WLN: research/theory-based articles and practitioner's narratives. Building on the article genres published in WLN, the editors then explore the more commonly addressed topics of articles in WLN, such as directing a writing center and tutor training. The workshop concludes with a review of manuscript requirements and strategies for authors to focus their work in a larger scholarly conversation.

WCA as Hero: A Scholar's Journey to Publication
The second webinar presented by Elizabeth Kleinfeld, Sohui Lee, and Julie Prebel, covers strategies for drafting an article for WLN, including how to find time to write, how to understand the lit review process, and how to find or start a writing group.

Finding Ideas For Scholarship in Everyday Writing Center Work
In this third webinar, Finding Ideas For Scholarship in Everyday Writing Center Work, we focus on the "Call to Publish" step in the scholar's journey and identify three key topics for consideration when preparing to publish: being relevant to readers, meeting the scope of WLN, and offering appropriate methodology. We also provide a useful heuristic to "test" ideas and prepare your work for submission.

Writing the Tutors' Column: From Submitting to Revising
Hosted by WLN Associate Editors Elizabeth Kleinfeld, Sohui Lee, and Julie Prebel, this webinar covers WLN expectations for Tutors' Column submissions, and how to research, structure, and revise an article.

#WCChat Twitter Sessions

Occasionally (and originally organized by Lee Ann Glowzenski and Melissa Hudler), members of the WCENTER listserv community meet via Twitter to discuss issues related to writing centers. The links below provide PDF archives of those discussions.

November 8, 2012: Hurricane Sandy
October 18, 2012: Branding & Marketing
October 4, 2012: National Day of Writing
September 18, 2012: Beginning of the Semester
May 10, 2012: His and Lows of the Semester
April 12, 2012: End-of-the-Semester Crunch
April 5, 2012: Plagiarism
March 15, 2012: Group Tutoring
March 8, 2012: Tutor Training
February 23, 2012: Workshops
February 16, 2012: Tutoring with Technology
February 9, 2012: The center's web presence
February 2, 2012: Effectively Use Twitter

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