Nyack College Writing Center
First Annual Peer Writing Consultant Training Conference 2012
We are coaches, encouragers, developers, creators of environments in which our students can experience the writing process for themselves. Donald Murray
The First Annual Peer Writing Consultant Conference was held on August 27, 2012 at the NYC campus. Peer Writing Consultants from all three of our centers (NYC undergraduate, Rockland undergraduate, and Rockland ATS) were brought together for a day of training, encouragement and presentations on the work of the writing center. Beverley Locke, Director of Writing Center, addressed Donald Murray’s focus on the work that we do as the “coaches” of writing, and also reminded the attendees that this type of work takes patience, and the ability to “listen carefully” to and for our student’s voice.
The morning session began with an interactive workshop entitled “Working with ESL Students,” facilitated by Dr. Kimberly Huster, the Director of ESL. Dr. Elaine Lux, Professor of English, presented on "Writing in the Humanities," with a focus on the essentials of proofreading and editing. Dr. Stephen Maret, Professor of Psychology, presented on "Writing in the Social Sciences," with an emphasis on the APA Format and its expectations.
During the afternoon session, two of Nyack's graduate consultants from the NYC campus presented their research and work in the writing center. Richard Dubose explored “The Writing Center in a Ministry Context,” and Alicia Wu addressed “The Writing Consultation: A Ministry of Words.” Both presentations tied in the value of seeing the work that we do in the writing center through new eyes; ones of service, and ones through which we see ourselves as guides in the writing process.