I’m co-founder and co-director, with Courtney Munther, of Writing Central, the SOJC’s peer-to-peer writing support program. We train undergraduate students to be writing coaches, and the coaches work with any student taking an SOJC class. Since we opened in January 2016, our writing coaches have completed more than 1,200 total writing sessions.
Our post-session survey indicates that 92 percent of students who went to Writing Central said their visit helped their writing to improve. Courtney and wrote about how we’ve achieved this for the journalism industry MediaShift.
In the tradition of university-wide writing centers, we coach our coaches to focus on the writer, not the piece of writing, and we foster a collaborative relationship with our student coaches.
In addition to developing training materials, we are also conducting research into the writing process and writing instruction. We’ve presented at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing and the International Writing Centers Association’s Collaborative at the Conference on College Composition and Communication. We’ve got two upcoming presentations at IWCA’s national conference.