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BHSU writing center director Deaver Traywick accompanied Nick Nolen, Ashley Rives, Kelly Kirk, Lisa Krugh, Allison Coin, and Anna Coyle to the 24th Annual MWCA conference in Kansas City, Mo., Oct 25-28.  All seven presented writing center-based research.
Several Black Hills State University student writing center consultants attended the 24th Annual Midwest Writing Centers Association Conference in Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 25-28.

Deaver Traywick, BHSU writing center director, and BHSU English graduate Lisa Krugh presented the poster “Getting Our Wires Crossed: Google DocsTM and the Online Writing Center.”  Their research focused on the pros and cons of freeware, like Google products, for use as the software communication tool of online writing center conferences.   

“Visually Impaired Students in the Writing Center,” a poster presentation by Nick Nolen, senior English and biology major from Rapid City, focused on the struggles and stereotypes of visually impaired students in writing exercises.  He emphasized the fact that visually impaired students can write and form complex ideas.

Anne Coyle, senior English major from Gillette, Wyo., and Allison Coin, senior English major from Presho, presented “Making Room for Creative Writing in the Writing Center”.  They established a pedagogical crossroads between the practices of the writing center and current academic trends in teaching creative writing.  Their research is designed to assist consultants and clients with creative writing.

“Rural Students in the Writing Center,” a presentation by Ashley Rives, junior English education major from Gillette, Wyo., and Kelly Kirk, senior history major from Beulah, N.D., focused on the confidence of rural students in an academic setting.  Their research emphasized the educational differences between different graduating classes and town populations and compared those through the amount of confidence students had in writing classes.

Traywick said he is “extremely proud of how hard these students worked on their presentation and the fact that their research spurred spirited dialogue during each of the sessions.”

This is the first time BHSU students and faculty have attended this regional conference devoted to the development of writing center theory in the Midwest.  Presenters from Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, and Ohio attended this year’s conference.

For more information, contact Traywick at 642-6922 or DeaverTraywick@bhsu.edu.