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Tutor Collaboration Day 2017

On Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 9:00-3:00, the Vanderbilt University Writing Studio is proud to host Tutor Collaboration Day 2017, sponsored by the Southeastern Writing Center Association.

Two writing tutors lead a discussion at Tutor Collaboration Day 2016Writing 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 (K-12, undergraduate, and graduate) in writing.

The schedule for this year’s event is now available on this page. Just scroll down!

Event location 

Tutor Collaboration Day will be held at the Vanderbilt Writing Studio in the Collaborative Learning Suite (1801 Edgehill Ave., Suite 112), Vanderbilt University. We will be in the same building that houses the Curb Center and the John Seigenthaler (“First Amendment”) Center. 

Event Parking: Our designated parking lot for Tutor Collaboration Day is Vanderbilt Parking Lot 82, which right across the intersection of Edgehill Ave. and 18th Ave. from where the event will be held.

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Call for Proposals & Facilitators

Deadline for topic proposals: EXTENDED through Friday, October 13!

Proposals can be submitted through this GoogleForm.

Tutor Collaboration Day 2016 participants engaged in a workshop conversationWe invite suggestions for 45-minute, discussion-oriented break-out sessions on topics relating to writing centers that you, as a tutor, are willing to help moderate.

The expectation for Tutor Collaboration Day is that tutor facilitators will lead an informed discussion, not read a full paper or presentation, but these discussions have formed the basis of eventual formal presentations at the annual SWCA conference in the past.

This year’s Tutor Collaboration Day theme is “Writing Centers in Transition,” mirroring the theme of the 2018 SWCA Conference, and the Call for Papers for that conference might be a source of inspiration for Tutor Collaboration Day proposals.

For additional inspiration, you can peruse last year’s Tutor Collaboration Day program and an archive of two past TuColla events.


Thank you for taking a moment to register and helping us know how many participants to plan for (especially in terms of our lunch order).

To register, please use the following link:


Tutor Collaboration Day Schedule of Events*

All locations listed are within the building that houses the Writing Studio at 1801 Edgehill Ave. 

9:00-9:20  Arrival – Meet & Greet with light refreshments in the Writing Studio (1801 Edgehill Ave., Suite 112)

9:20-9:40  Welcome and Opening Discussion: “Talking about Our Writing Center Transitions”

Facilitated by John Bradley

(Seigenthaler Center Lecture Hall)

9:45-10:35, Concurrent Sessions 1

Room 106B Writing Tutoring with English Language Learners: Grammar and Style as Thinking

Facilitator: Sari Carter

Room 146B (Yamada) SWCA Conference 2018 Proposal Workshop (Participants have an extension on submitting proposals until Friday, October 27)

Facilitator: John Bradley

10:45-11:35, Concurrent Sessions 2

Room 106B Formulaic Writing: Helping STEM-centered Students see the Math & Science in Writing

Facilitator: Tarrah Sargeant

Room 146B (Yamada) Online Consultation: Navigating Its Promises and Pitfalls

Facilitator: Bradley Daugherty

11:35-12:30 Lunch buffet provided at the Vanderbilt Writing Studio

12:30-1:20, Concurrent Sessions 3

Room 106B The Importance of a Welcoming Writing Lab

Facilitator: Mark Blackmon

Room 146B (Yamada) Thinking Out Loud: How To Let Your Clients Listen In On Your Reasoning

Facilitator: Gerald Nelson

1:25-2:15, Concurrent Sessions 4

Room 106B Co-Constructing Voice in the Writing Center: Using Stylist Strategies to Engage Writers

Facilitator: Andrea Stark Bishop

Room 146B (Yamada) Writing Centers and the Needs of Graduate Student Writers

Facilitator: Rachel Gould

2:15-2:45  Event wrap-up and reflections

(Seigenthaler Center Lecture Hall)

Questions? Please contact John Bradley (

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