Writing Center Update

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Fall 2014 Writing Center Hours

Johnson Hall Room 119D (Through Room 223)
Monday – Thursday: 10am-4pm
Friday: 10am-1pm

Morgan Library Room 171
Sunday – Thursday: 6pm-8pm

TILT Room 211
Tuesday – Thursday: 6pm-8pm


At the English department meeting the Friday before classes started, Lisa Langstraat gave an update on what’s been happening at the Writing Center. Langstraat is the current Director of the Writing Center, where they had a busy and impressive 2013-2014 academic year.

  • The number of consultations provided rose by 25.3% last year, from 4252 in the academic year 2012/13 to 5693 in 2013/14.
  • The Writing Center team implemented a new online appointment system, so while students can still work with a Writing Center consultant without an appointment, they can also make an appointment up to a month in advance, which should help many students plan and make time for revisions before their assignments are due.
  • Worked with students — both undergraduate and graduate — from 191 different academic programs, and more than 350 courses.
  • 46% of consultations were with non-native English speakers who come to CSU from 41 different countries.

This year, the Writing Center has eleven new consultants, five returning consultants, and four internship consultants. Consultants represent a wide range of majors, research interests, and experience — from TESL to Biology.

The Writing Center welcomes their new graduate student director, Sarah Hansen, who is enrolled in the MFA program. Sarah brings significant experience, fresh perspectives, and impressive technological expertise, of which the Writing Center plans to take full advantage this year!

The Writing Center program development goals this year include creating more opportunities for graduate student writers who are working on theses and dissertations, continuing to increase the number of course collaborations with faculty from across the university, and continuing to enhance services for non-native speakers of English.

Find out more about the Writing Center: http://writingcenter.colostate.edu/

Publications: Dan Robinson

Over the summer, Dan Robinson’s personal essay, “Our Taos Hum,” was published in TWJ Magazine; and his short story, “This Blackdamp World,” was published in the anthology Crime and DisOrder. He will present a paper on “The Inexpressibility Topos in Chapter I of Hemingway’s In Our Time” at the “Literature, Memory and the First World War” Conference at the US Military Academy at West Point in a couple of weeks; he was also invited to participate as part of a panel on Hemingway’s Nick Adams Stories in October in Michigan. The paperback release of his first novel, After the Fire, has been put back to Autumn 2015 by Skyhorse Press. His third novel, Death of a Century: A Novel of the Lost Generation, will be published by Arcade Press in June 2015; and the first reading for that novel will be at the US World War I Museum in Kansas City in June 2015.

Eddy Hall Remodel

The Eddy Building will be going through a remodel beginning the week of May 19th! The English Department offices will move over to the Behavioral Sciences Building, Rooms A104-112. The phone number will remain the same.

The Writing Center will be relocating to Johnson Hall Room 119 for the summer (and the 2014-15 academic year). We will reopen on Tuesday, May 27 and will close on Thursday, August 7. The Writing Center will be open during the summer Mondays through Thursdays 10:00am-12:30pm. While we offer walk-ins if they are available, we recommend that clients make appointments with us to guarantee a consultation. To make an appointment, please visit: https://colostate.mywconline.com/. Thanks, and we look forward to serving you!

The Eddy 300 Lab will close early Friday, May 16th at 2:00 pm. It will remain closed during the Eddy Building construction. Students needing to print please use the Clark Lab.

Keynote Speech: Tobi Jacobi

Tobi Jacobi gave a keynote on research sustainability and ethics highlighting her prison work in the Composition and Cultural Rhetoric program at Syracuse University. She also began work on 20th Century prison narratives from the New York Training School for Girls with the non-profit Prison Public Memory Project in Hudson, NY in mid-May.

Community Literacy Center News

Community Literacy Center (CLC) interns, Elise Yenne, Brittany Devons, and Olivia Pait successfully completed their year-long community writing teaching with two public readings as the Spring 2014 SpeakOut! journal was launched during the last two weeks. Thanks to assistant director Lauren Alessi for her leadership all year!

Presentation: Elise Yenne

Elise Yenne (Community Literacy Center intern) won 1st place for her service-learning poster presentation for the 2014 CSU CURC competition.  She highlighted her work as an intern and writing workshop facilitator with the Larimer County Detention Center men’s writing group.

Publication: Rachel Linnea Brown

Rachel Linnea Brown’s poem “Memento” has been selected for publication by Gulf Coast.  She has also accepted a position at University of Kansas as a PhD student of Nineteenth-Century American Literature.  Rachel will be attending KU with a research fellowship, a department fellowship, and a $5,000 Mary Elizabeth and Andrew P. Debicki Scholarship for graduate studies.  She is excited to begin her KU studies in the fall.