Shelly Publishes on Writing Centers and Mattering

Posted on 11/13/2014 11:56:39 AM

An article by Lynn Shelly was the lead article in the November/December issue of Writing Lab Newsletter, a publication of the International Writing Centers Association.

Shelly’s article, “You Can’t Get Anywhere Without Relationships: Marginality and Mattering in the Writing Center,” grew out of her work as the director of the Writing Center at IUP Punxsutawney. In the article, Shelly argues that one-on-one interactions in the Writing Center can play an important role in the success of first-year students and others who feel marginal in the university. By fostering mattering, a sense that they are important and appreciated, writing centers help students to persist in college and become more engaged learners.

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