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A Weekend at the East Central Writing Centers Association Conference March 8, 2011

On this past Friday, I traveled by Amtrak to Kalamazoo, Michigan. It was early in the morning and the landscape was stark and gray, but due to a sense of expectation, I found it difficult to nap. Lisa, a fellow tutor from DePaul’s UCWbL, was with me on the train. We were both members of the Reseach Team and we were going to be presenting at a conference for the East Central Writing Centers Association (ECWCA) in a matter of hours with several other undergraduate and graduate tutors. (more…)

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Kalamazoo and Assessment Too March 5, 2011

You would never guess from the buzz and chatter at the 33rd East Central Writing Center Association Conference this weekend (March 3-5, 2011) that peer writing tutor programs have a fraught history with the idea of assessment.

Kim Ballard, the fearless director of Western Michigan University’s Writing Center, and her team created a dynamic (more…)

 

Rap Metrics. Wow. October 23, 2010

Filed under: things that help writers — matthewdavidpearson @ 16:47 pm
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I just discovered a fellow WordPress blog called RapMETRICS.  It’s an amazing site.

The site’s sole credited writer, rapmetrics, who I’m fairly sure is Liban Ali Yusuf, aka RapGenius (FaceBook here) posts detailed statistical analyses of hip-hop lyrics–end rhymes, internal rhymes, rhyme density, meter, “simple” word usage vs. “novel” word usage, syllables, and so on. (more…)