Writing Center is additional resource for students
Posted October 26, 2012
The Webb School now has a Writing Center available as a resource for students. The center is a place where writers can go and discuss their work and get direction for their assignments. It is located in the library and is directed by Neil Barrett, Webb English teacher.
“While experienced writers work, they continually question stylistic and formal decisions they make as they type,” said Barrett. “They've developed what some have come to call a ‘questioning’ or ‘revising’ self.” He added, “Ideally, the writing center will serve as a surrogate ‘revising’ self that encourages students to re-examine their work with a more critical eye than they may be used to.”
The center provides one-on-one attention to student work, direction using the Writing Process as a model and promotes awareness of student writing competitions. Soon, SAT preparation in writing will be offered. Students who use the center’s services sign a mission statement.
“It’s important to note that we are not an editing service,” said Barrett. “Rather, we try to facilitate critical attention on the writer's part. We're not as concerned with turning out better grades as much as we are concerned with turning out better writers.”
The center’s hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday (except for D and A periods during Barrett’s classes). For more information, contact Barrett at firstname.lastname@example.org.