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Chat with a Tutor: A Force for Democracy? September 20, 2012

The UCWbL’s highly popular Chat with a Tutor service is back and better than ever. Let’s take a look at how to use it–and why you should. (more…)

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Why We Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Poetry Tutorials May 8, 2012

“I want to look at a poem I’ve been working on.”  My writer uttered these words at the beginning of a tutorial last week, and the phrase filled me with fear and anxiety immediately.  I am an English student, to be sure, and maybe that’s why she chose to make an appointment with me – but I study English literature!  I don’t write short stories or poems, I don’t workshop, and the whole business of creative writing remains mysterious and somewhat awe-inspiring to me.  I’ve heard of “those that don’t write, teach,” but when you’ve been writing mostly blog posts and the odd formalist analysis of a 19th century novel, it’s hard to know what to say.  I wondered what I could possibly offer this student, but to my surprise, I found plenty to say (as did she).  The appointment was fun, informative, and refreshingly relaxed.  As a writer (and not a poet) I may not have had much to offer, but as an engaged reader, I was able to offer insights to this struggling writer. (more…)