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Conferences and the Writing Process February 4, 2012

Recently, I finally pushed past my fear of making purchases greater than a month’s rent and registered for this year’s Association of American Geographers (AAG) conference in New York. As a broke student, it’s often hard to justify expenses that rival my quarterly tuition bill, so I sought out the advice of my peers in the Writing Center to help me decide whether or not to go to NYC for AAG. At first, I expected my fellow students to encourage me to play it safe: Why spend so much money on a trip that will cost you a week’s pay and yield no more than a canvas tote bag and a pen? It’s simply not economic. However, to my surprise and ultimate delight, the encouragement of my peers forced me to reflect on my previous conference experiences and I eventually came to terms with the fantastic reality: conferences are where it’s at! (more…)


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…)