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Tutor Collaboration Day 2016

On Saturday, September 17, 2016, from 9:00-3:00, the Vanderbilt University Writing Studio is proud to host Tutor Collaboration Day 2016, sponsored by the Southeastern Writing Center Association.

Writing Center tutors, staff, and administrators will come to join with their peers to share knowledge and join in collaborative discussions about the theory, practical applications, challenges, and opportunities of tutoring students at all levels in writing.

Event location: Buttrick Hall,* Vanderbilt University

(*Please note we’ve relocated from the Writing Studio to a larger space to accommodate larger than expected registration numbers.)

Event Parking: Guests attending this event may park in non-reserved zone 2 spaces in the Wesley Place Garage (2043 Scarritt Pl, Nashville, TN 37203). These spaces begin on the 3rd floor (elevators are available to street level).

Walking directions from event parking: Once you exit the garage on foot turn left and continue down Scarritt Place across 21st Avenue onto campus. Continue straight, eventually up a set of stairs onto Library Lawn (you’ll pass the library on your left). Again continue in the same direction up the hill and Buttrick Hall is at the other end of the lawn.

Click here to access Vanderbilt’s interactive campus map (which can be searched by building).

Click here for specific maps from the Wesley Place Garage to Buttrick Hall as well as for the walk from Buttrick Hall to lunch at the Writing Studio (1801 Edgehill Avenue).

Do note that Wesley Place Garage, Buttrick Hall, and 1801 Edgehill Avenue should show up in GoogleMaps and related services.

Tutor Collaboration Day Schedule of Events*

Saturday, September 17

*Schedule subject to change

9:00-9:20 Arrival – Meet & Greet (Buttrick 101)

9:20-9:35 Welcome and Opening Remarks: John Bradley (Buttrick 101)

9:40-10:30, Concurrent Sessions 1

Buttrick 201 The Challenges of Tutoring Non-Traditional Students

Facilitator: Ricky Finch & Lis Leudann

Buttrick 202 Consulting unfamiliar subjects and genres

Facilitators: Mary Catherine Cook & Peter Capretto

Buttrick 212 What writing teachers can teach us about tutoring and what tutors can teach instructors about writing

Facilitators: Kylie Korsnack & Alex Oxner

10:35-11:25, Concurrent Sessions 2

Buttrick 201 Reach to Teach – Integrating clients’ personal interests and community aspects in tutor instruction

Facilitator: Tarrah Sargeant & Etenia Mullins

Buttrick 202 Instilling Student Confidence while Developing Writing Skills

Facilitators: Jessica Marinau

Buttrick 212 Gender in the Writing Center / Queering the Writing Center

Facilitator: Kara Wilson

11:30-12:30, Lunch

Lunch buffet provided at the Vanderbilt Writing Studio (1801 Edgehill Avenue, Suite 112)

12:30-1:20, Concurrent Sessions 3

Buttrick 201 Best Practice for Tutors Understanding and Assisting Students with Learning Differences

Facilitators: Carolyn Frye & Mary Church

Buttrick 202 The Objectivity that a Writing Guide Needs to Tutor

Facilitators: Lia Nagge & others

Buttrick 212 Reading Writing Aloud: Comparing Approaches, Considering Recent Research

Facilitator: Sari Carter

1:25-2:25, Concurrent Sessions 4

Buttrick 201 SWCA Conference Proposal Workshop

Facilitator: John Bradley

Buttrick 202 How to Encourage Representation of Racial Minorities in Writing

Facilitator: Chelsey Zhu

Buttrick 212 The Uses and Limitations of Tutoring with Templates and Models (They Say/I Say and beyond)

Facilitator: Deann Armstrong

2:30-3:00 Closing Remarks (Buttrick 101)

Rachel Dunaway, Writing Center Coordinator, Donelson Christian Academy, Nashville, Secondary School Representative on the SWCA Board

Please contact John Bradley ( with questions.

Tutor Collaboration Day is generously sponsored by the Southeastern Writing Center Association. If you or your center are not SWCA members, please consider joining: