The writing center opened its doors on Friday, September 4, with 11 tutors on staff to provide feedback, guidance, and instruction on writing to Upper School students.
Located in Room 1 on the east side of campus, the space is open during all Friday rotations, Wednesdays during C and D Blocks, and Thursdays after school for 30 minute sessions.
This launch is the result of months of planning by English teacher and writing center coordinator Jessica Langan-Peck along with hours of training for student editors, who are all juniors and seniors in high school.
Head of School Dr. Julie Sherrill said, “Ms. Langan-Peck put together a proposal last spring, and we went out to try and find some funding, we secured some modest funding to support the start of the writing center.”
“She’s the one who has done the research, the training of tutors, and the recruiting of tutors,” Sherrill said.
According to Langan-Peck, “the primary motivation behind creating the center was to build in another way for TGS students to talk about writing and work on writing,” because “we emphasize a ‘process-based’ writing curriculum here, which means that there are multiple drafts and the revision process is really emphasized.”
In a typical session, “a student editor asks a series of questions designed to help the student recognize things in the paper” to work on, Langan-Peck said. “It’s collaborative.”
Senior Brian Liu is a student editor who worked in the writing center on opening day.
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