From November 2 through November 5, three of our tutors from the Farnham Writers’ Center–Michael Langley ’13, Rachel Haines ’13 and Melanie Brown ’13– accompanied Director Paula Harrington and Assistant Director Alexander Champoux to Chicago to present at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. The three tutors and AD presented on different facets of working in the Farnham Writers’ Center and how those experiences have led to personal growth. Rachel Haines spoke first, talking about the experience of working asynchronously with tutees from nearby KVCC and how different that tutoring experience has been from her traditional Colby sessions. Next, Michael Langley explored the Writing Fellows program at Colby and how working closely with one class and one professor helped him to become closer with the materials and more effective in his tutoring sessions. Melanie Brown anchored for the tutors, talking about Colby’s unique EN112 program and (through vignettes) how each of her 112 students has taught her something about herself, her writing process, or the greater world. AD Alexander Champoux wrapped up the panel with a post-BA perspective on tutoring and an analysis of some of the ways that peer tutoring prepares tutors for life in the workforce.
In addition to presenting, the FWC team also attended a spread of lectures, round tables, and panels focusing on the diverse concerns of writing centers across the country.