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Much will Change in Fall 2015 at the UofL Writing Center (Yet Much Will Stay the Same)

Bronwyn T. Williams, Director

In some ways, this semester is starting like many others at the University Writing Center. We gathered as a staff for the first time at our Orientation last week and started to get to know each other. We have a great new group of consultants, as well as new faces as Associate and Assistant Directors.

University Writing Center Staff, 2015-16

University Writing Center Staff, 2015-16

With the start of classes this week we’ve been busy meeting with students and doing presentations about the Writing Center for classes and student organizations. If you want to make an appointment, we are open for business and happy to meet with you. In the year to come we will also continue with the programs we have established in recent years such as our Dissertation Writing Retreats, Junior Faculty Writing Groups, and workshops about Graduate Student Writing concerns. There is a great deal of anticipation about the year ahead. The photo of this year’s staff is in the familiar setting in front of the windows on the Third Floor of Ekstrom Library. So, yes, in some ways this year feels like many others.

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Under Construction – The University Writing Center space on the First Floor of Ekstrom Library

And yet, two floors below us, is the evidence how much is about to change. On the first floor of the Library the construction continues on the new space for the University Writing Center. At the moment it’s still a work in progress, but in the skeleton of wall frames and electrical wires you can see our new space taking shape. Sometime, then, near the beginning of October, we’ll be moving into our brand new space.

What’s exciting about the new space (besides getting new furniture), is that we will be much easier to find, as well as have more space in which to meet with students. What’s more, we’ll have digital consulting rooms that will make it easier for us to help writers with multimodal projects and to do online video chat appointments with distance education students. Our new location will also allow us to collaborate more easily with reference librarians, REACH, and the Digital Media Suite.

We also want to use the move to the first floor as an opportunity to do

What You Will See When You Enter the East Doors of the Library

What You Will See When You Enter the East Doors of the Library

more to make the University Writing Center a place where we develop and sustain a culture of writing on campus. So keep an eye out for announcements of other kinds of programming about writing to come in the year ahead. We’ll keep blogging about the changes and new programs in the year ahead and will be posting about it on our Twitter and Facebook pages as well.

We wish everyone a successful semester and we hope people will let us help them make their writing as effective, engaging, and creative as possible.

Kick Back in the Stacks 2015

On the annual Kick Back in the Stacks night the University Writing Center had to find a temporary space to welcome new UofL students (though we ARE still open on the Third Floor of Ekstrom Library as our new First Floor space is completed!). But we still found a way to have a great time with the hundreds of new people we met. Along with the games and the art, we had a blog open for new students to contribute to and here is what some of them had to say to some of our questions.

Meanwhile, come see us on the Third Floor to get feedback and help with your writing!

What are you most excited about for your first year at UofL?

Meeting new people!

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Trying new things I’ve never done before and new clubs!

Getting Free Food

Branching Out, I want new experiences and to explore new opportunities

I am excited to learn and take on the challenges that may come my way.

Living on my own

Going easy like a breeze until I hit so high no one can see meDSCN3745

About the UofL traditions and spirits of all C-A-R-D-S CARDS!!! 🙂

What is your favorite thing about writing?

It calms me down

I like writing to get my thoughts out on paper.

It is challenging but rewarding.

Explaining and expressing your feelings and cool stuff like that

I like writing because it allows me to express my feelings without being judged

I love to write my thoughts and perspectives on the world around me and then listen to the ideas that others may have.

It allows me to have my thoughts brought together in one place.

It allows me to gather my own ideas and argue viewpoints with their own thoughts

What is your favorite genre (poetry, short story, analysis etc.) to write? Why?

Poetry: It’s a very “to the point” way of getting to your feelings.DSCN3753

Mythical, romance, even dark things if I’m in the right mood.

I love historical fiction!!!!!!

Analysis: It’s what I’m most comfortable with and brings in my thoughts on a subject most thoroughly

Fiction, because I really like how stories are not always true and even realities.

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