We use a “talk it out” strategy to enact our “how can we help?” goal.
Writing is a complex process and an integral tool in the production and dissemination of knowledge. Our shared purposes could not be accomplished without writing. The CEW is committed to supporting writers across all sectors of the UB Community. Because writing is a social practice, knots in the writing process are often best untangled through low-pressure dialogical exchange. Large, high stakes writing projects can be particularly daunting and the writing process isolating. Therefore, in addition to dialogical exchange and feedback, we create community support for completing these projects through regular writing retreats and by encouraging and facilitating the formation of writing groups. Through our reading, research, writing, presenting and discussing, we contribute to significant conversations about writing on campus, grounded in the theoretical and research traditions in the fields of Composition and Rhetoric, Writing Centers, and TESOL.
We are people-centered. The CEW honors and makes space for the writer’s voice, both in conversation and in written products. Each writer is unique; each writing situation is singular. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach to writing consultations, through active listening, we attempt to meet each writer at their point of need. The writer’s text is ultimately their own, so our practices seek to preserve the writer’s authority over their own text, while at the same time helping them to successfully navigate the academic situations which will draw them closer to achievement of their goals.
Our practice is dialogical and aimed at growth and development for individuals and communities. We extend our active listening practices to create positive, perspective-sharing relationships with units across the university. We seek feedback to help us shape practices and create programs that will support writers and strengthen writing processes. In addition, we view the wellbeing, development, and success of our staff (most of whom are also students) as equally important to that of the writers we serve, providing them with ongoing professional development and mentoring.
Our primary role is to provide quality one-to-one consultation services, available to the entire campus community. Our secondary mission is to create special programs (presentations, workshops, retreats, and more) based upon arising needs of various writing communities. Thirdly, we collaborate with other units to enhance writing instruction and development across campus.