In looking into the International Writing Centers Association’s website, I found that this nonprofit organization has a number of resources to explore in order to gain a better understanding of what they do, how they do it, and why they do it. Writing centers are such a crucial aspect of colleges across the world. They provide an outlet for students to come to for help with their writing, and a way for writing tutors to use their knowledge and talents to help others.
Writing well is a vital skill to have in today’s world. It is not only English majors or students looking into careers of writing or publishing that have to worry about being able to write well. Rather, being able to articulate one’s thoughts in a clear and effective manner is a useful skill across various occupations. For example, people in the business sales world have to be able to articulately describe their product in order to make it seem appealing to potential buyers. Science-oriented people have must have the ability to discuss their experiments and results in a way that is both clear and concise, so that others may recognize the importance of their findings. Clearly, the ability to write eloquently is a skill that everyone should be encouraged to acquire during their time at college.
This is exactly why the International Writing Centers Association exists. Not only do they have a website dedicated to explaining their mission and providing numerous resources for people to see more of what they do, with tabs such as “Resources” and “Publications,” they also run various social media sites. One of these is their Facebook page, in which followers of the page are able to keep track of any upcoming events or discussions happening.
Their twitter account, however, is what caught my attention. The account, named “@IWCA_NCTE,” is a way for the International Writing Center Association to not only connect and converse with writers and tutors across the world. They retweet the concerns of tutors, keep the public updated on upcoming events, and share blogposts dedicated to daily life in the writing center. For example, the account recently tweeted a link to the IWCA’s wordpress where a post was written titled, “Life, Love, and Leadership in the Two-Year Center.” This article provided a glimpse into what it’s like to be a college writing center coordinator, with all the excitement and stress that goes along with the job.
Here’s the link to the blog post: