Center for Excellence in Writing Presents at 2019 National Conference

Written by: Jennifer Pena

On Oct. 16–19, 2019, members from FIU’s Center for Excellence in Writing presented research and held a workshop at the International Writing Centers Association (IWCA)/ National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW) in Columbus, Ohio.

Xuan and team at National Conference

This year’s theme inspired discussions on tutors’ roles as artists and artisans both in and out of tutoring sessions. The presentations ranged from social action and diversity to dialects and different forms of communication.

On Oct. 17, the Center’s assistant director – Xuan Jiang – and tutors Jennifer Peña, Mario Avalos and Nicole Larraguibel shared their research on multilingualism in tutoring sessions through a presentation titled, “Bilingualism, Multilingualism, Translingualism — We Do All.”

Dr. Jiang’s group focused on working with student writers who are not native English speakers. They discussed conversation circles for practicing English and other languages outside of tutoring sessions.

On Oct. 19, the Center’s coordinator – Charles Donate – and tutors Mario Avalos, Sabrina Fernandez and Gabrielle Alexis presented “Creative Workshops in the Writing Center: Screenwriters, Novelists and Poets.”

Charles Donate – and tutors Mario Avalos, Sabrina Fernandez and Gabrielle Alexis

Both presentations emphasized artistry through different understandings of writing, both in tutoring sessions and beyond.

The NCPTW presented Mario Avalos, Sabrina Fernandez and Jennifer Peña with travel awards.

More information on the Center, its services and activities can be found on its website.