Emory Writing Center Support

Emory Writing Center (EWC) serves as the primary student support arm of the Domain of One’s Own initiative. We primarily provide this support via discussion-based tutorials with Domain students. The entire EWC tutoring staff of approximately thirty undergraduate tutors and graduate fellows is specifically trained to work with Domain projects. Please encourage your students to visit the EWC as they are designing their websites, brainstorming for assignments, or revising projects. Students can schedule 45 minute appointments as individuals or groups. Tutors can work with students to address the purpose, design, and usability of their projects and to troubleshoot technical matters. We welcome walk-ins in addition to scheduled appointments. We always have one tutor at the font desk whose time is primarily devoted to working with walk-ins. We are developing our front desk area to function as a mini studio space so that Domain students can drop in to work on their projects and ask quick questions. To learn more about our tutorials, see our hours, and make an appointment, students should visit our website.

Domain instructors should review these tips for success to help their students make the most of the EWC.

  1. Communicate the role of the EWC clearly to your students. Include a section on your syllabus about the EWC and/or request a five minute class visit from one of our tutors. You can use or adapt the syllabus blurb copied below. To request a class visit, email writingcenter@emory.edu with “class visit request” in the subject line.
  2. Enthusiastically and frequently prod your students to consult the Domain student resource pages before they seek assistance from the EWC (or from you!). One goal of Domain is to encourage students to take greater ownership of their learning. The EWC also has way more demand than we have hours to offer, so we would prefer not to spend precious time reviewing a great resource with students when they easily could have reviewed it on their own.
  3. Encourage but do not require your students to visit the EWC. Email writingcenter@emory.edu or talk with Mandy if you think you have a good case for making an exception to this rule.
  4. Prompt students to visit the EWC in groups. If students are working on a collaborative project, all members of the group should come together for a shared EWC tutorial. Even if students are not working on the same project, encourage them to use our walk-in service in groups when they have similar questions.
  5. Give your students clear, thorough, written assignment guidelines and ask them to bring those guidelines with them to their EWC tutorials. If you also directly provide the EWC with your assignments, we can use them during staff trainings so that we are even better prepared to work specifically with your students. Email assignments to writingcenter@emory.edu.

How is the EWC Preparing to Support Domain Students?

In advance of our orientation, all EWC tutors and fellows are making their own websites, reviewing Domain documentation pages, and reading an article by Jackie Grutsch McKinney that addresses the importance of digital texts and suggests strategies for tutoring them. Domain instructors may also find the McKinney reading valuable since it offers terminology and lines of inquiry that students and instructors can use as they discuss, evaluate, compose, and revise digital texts. The Columbus State Writing Center also offers this short reference sheet based on the McKinney reading that EWC tutors will draw on throughout the year as they work with Domain students.

During our fall orientation, the EWC staff will:

  • discuss the McKinney reading and Domain documentation pages
  • review actual Domain assignments
  • test strategies for tutoring digital texts using examples of student projects from the Domain pre-pilot
  • consult Domain resources as we develop our own individual websites
  • practice troubleshooting common concerns with Weebly and Wordpress
  • We will continue to develop our ability to support Domain students throughout the year as we engage additional readings/resources and discuss our experiences tutoring Domain students.

EWC Support for Domain beyond Tutoring

Emory Writing Center Faculty page

In addition to tutoring Domain students, the EWC will:

  • Give Domain instructors feedback on their assignments if they request it. Writing Program faculty and staff provide this service as well. However, some instructors will appreciate undergraduate student perspectives, especially the perspectives of EWC tutors who work with many students and assignments.
  • Work with others in the Writing Program to add to the Domain student resource pages based on common concerns Domain students raise in EWC tutorials.

Depending on Domain faculty interest and EWC resources/space, the EWC may also:

  • regularly or periodically host a studio space for large groups of Domain students to work in as EWC tutors circulate, facilitating interaction and offering support as needed.
  • send EWC tutors or fellows to serve as additional support in Domain classrooms.
  • host exhibits and performances of Domain students’ work.

Syllabus Blurb to Use or Adapt

The Emory Writing Center

The Emory Writing Center offers 45-minute individual conferences to Emory College and Laney Graduate School students. It is a great place to bring any project—from traditional papers to websites—at any stage in your composing process. Writing Center tutors take a discussion- and workshop-based approach that enables writers of all levels to see their writing with fresh eyes. Tutors can talk with you about your purpose, organization, audience, design choices, or use of sources. They can also work with you on sentence-level concerns (including grammar and word choice), but they will not proofread for you. Instead, they will discuss strategies and resources you can use to become a better editor of your own work. The Writing Center is located in Callaway N-212. Visit writingcenter.emory.edu for more information and to make appointments.

The entire Writing Center staff has been specifically trained to support Domain of One’s Own students. By talking with a tutor, you can more critically consider the purpose, design, and usability of your digital texts. You can also work with a tutor to troubleshoot technical matters; however, you should consult the Domain student resource pages first. In most cases, you will be able to solve tech troubles on your own, reserving your Writing Center appointments for discussions about how your technical choices—along with other choices—affect your larger aims.