ith this year’s debut of the WT Writing Center, a resource usually found only at the university level is now regularly accessible to students and others in the WT community.
“The Writing Center is exactly what it sounds like—it is the intersection point for all kinds of writing within the school,” explains Dr. Christine Benner Dixon, English Department Chair. “We often think of writing as something that is taught in English classes, but pretty much every discipline relies on clear communication through writing, whether that is in an essay, a story, a proposal for a project, a public presentation, a lab report, a speech, a trifold display, a website—what have you. The Writing Center can help with all of it.”
Together with Interim Director of Upper School Dr. Anne Fay, McDermott and Dixon developed the Writing Center last summer. Located in the Upper School Building, students can schedule sessions in advance, or—if a consultant is free—simply drop in. While the Center was created with students in mind, and is an extension of the teaching philosophy embodied daily in the classroom, services are also available to teachers, staff, and administrators, and are designed to respond to each writer’s needs.
“There are students working on projects that go well beyond classroom requirements,” states Dixon. “So, when students are seeking publication, preparing for presentations, applying for jobs or fellowships, we want to be there to help them. We can help with anything from brainstorming to sentence-level errors to big-picture revisions. Confused about semi-colons? Come see us. Unsure whether your diction is appropriate for your particular audience? We can help.”
“A Writing Center serves dual purposes,” McDermott reflects. “One, it supports students, administrators, and faculty as they evolve into stronger writers, and two, it models for everyone the importance of writing well and invites them to have a real stake in their own work. I am delighted that we are able to offer this experience and resource to our community!”