Haley Mowdy, a 2016-2017 DFW Schweitzer Fellow, will present at the 2016 International Writing Centers Association conference, taking place in Denver from October 14-16. Mowdy, a Texas Woman’s University (TWU) student, will be presenting her project, a writing clinic for K-12 students called Write Now, during a “Works in Progress” session, as well as during a session titled the “Ideas Exchange” on the importance of community service in writing center work.
The session “Works in Progress” will allow Mowdy to present on her project so far and receive feedback from leaders and professionals in the field. The “Ideas Exchange” will allow her to encourage other writing centers to adopt a service program for the benefit of their communities. The conference theme for this year is Writing Center Frontiers, focusing on the possibilities and challenges facing modern writing centers.
Mowdy, the lead graduate assistant for Write Site, the writing center at TWU, has seen the importance that strong writing skills can play in a student’s academic career and life, and her project is aimed at more than simply helping the students improve their writing skills. Ultimately, Mowdy aims to help the program’s participants not only raise their grades, but their confidence in their abilities as well, helping them become better prepared for college and beyond.
“I am passionate about this progress because in my work I have been uniquely privy to the long-term academic, professional, and personal challenges that stem from inadequate writing education. It is a significant determinant in long-term social and economic status that is receiving relatively little attention. Write Now was the way for me to begin to bridge the resource gap keeping students from learning to be good readers and writers and from having the confidence in themselves to reach for the stars.”
Write Now will be housed at the Koan School in Denton, Texas, and is slated to kick off with the start of the school year. The Koan School aims to reach students who learn best outside of traditional public schools and is focused on developing individualized learning plans that focus on each student’s strengths. To assist her with tutoring, Mowdy is also training students, both undergraduate and graduate, at TWU to work with the students, which will help them maintain strong mentorship-focused relationships between the tutor and the student.
For more information about the DFW Schweitzer Fellowship, please visit http://www.schweitzerfellowship.org/chapters/dfw/. Full details about the International Writing Centers Association conference are available on their website, http://writingcenters.org.