Welcome back to a new semester! At The Writing Center we have been preparing for this with a staff orientation. As a returning consultant, staff orientation this semester was much different from last. Back in August, I was just beginning, I barely knew anyone and was unsure of what to expect. But now with a semester of consulting under my belt, orientation was a lot more fun and easy going. Continue reading “The Consultant Diaries”
Are you looking to dip your toes into the world of performance? Have talent or skill you’d like to share? Or would you prefer to sit on the sidelines and watch some cool, unique performances? If so, join us at The Writing Center on Thursday, November 1st at 6pm for our annual Fall Open Mic Night!
Writing Center is located in 300 Bessey Hall. All performances are welcome!
To sign up, follow this link and fill out the necessary information:
For more information, feel free to contact Lexi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In celebration of Homecoming at MSU this week, and our 20th Anniversary, we’ve got two spectacular events on tap.
Homecoming Alumni Panel: We’ve gathered a great group of alumni consultants to reflect on the center’s 20 years of service at MSU. They’ll update us on their lives and speak to how their writing center experiences have impacted their working lives.
- When: Friday, October 12th at 3pm
- Where: 300 Bessey Hall
- Moderated by Michael Tardiff
Crafting with CAL: In addition to celebrating our 20th Anniversary, we’re also happy to celebrate The College of Arts & Letters 50th Anniversary! We’ve joined with CAL to provide folks an opportunity to create inspiring Alphabet Photography plaques from images taken all over MSU’s beautiful campus!
- When: Saturday, October 13th, 9-11:30am
- Where: Adam’s Field by IM West
- Fresh popcorn!
Hey there! It’s been pretty clear what the trend of this week has been: Spartan gear! We are approaching homecoming weekend, and everyone on campus and in The Writing Center has been showing their support. Even alumni are getting in on the festivities, starting with The Writing Center Alumni Panel this Friday, October 12th at 3pm in 300 Bessey Hall. Feel free to also check out The Writing Center Homecoming Celebration in the CAL tent on Saturday too! We’ll be there from 9-11:30 helping you create inspiring words with alphabet photography!
Go Green! Go White!
In celebration of The Writing Center’s 20th Anniversary we proudly present our new logo!
This logo was nine months in the making, including an unsuccessful logo contest and much deliberation by our staff and 20/20 Planning Committee. Our director, Dr. Trixie Smith, felt our 20th Anniversary was a perfect time to update our logo, which represented The Writing Center for many years. In other words, it was stagnant and old. Further, our old logo was not consistent with what we felt represented the current work of the center.
The Writing Center celebrated yet another of its 20/20 events this past week: ReCyle, ReMix, ReClaim. The inspiration was found in this year’s One Book, One Community choice, a program co-sponsored by the City of East Lansing and MSU. The 2012 book is Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers, a story that takes place in the slums of India.
In this novel, a series of families sort and sell trash as one way out of the slums. Similarly, The Writing Center’s event welcomed students of all backgrounds to come and repurpose items that had previously been thought to be trash—bottles, cardboard, containers, etc. It was an eye-opening exercise in shifting the perspective with which we view the world.
Students ranging in age from Freshmen to Graduate Students came to participate, sharing a bit about themselves and their unique backgrounds as they worked together to turn the trash into something beautiful. As they worked to build a small “city,” discussions about campus, life, and learning were had throughout the evening. It was an activity that created a community based on differences, and that celebrated our diversity. This is what The Writing Center and MSU are all about: creating connections between people and things that open our eyes, and make our world a better place.
September 27th at 6pm
The Writing Center @ MSU
300 Bessey Hall
In Behind the Beautiful Forevers, the families Katherine Boo follows sort and sell trash as one of their paths out of the slums.
Similarly, we’re asking students and community members to sort through some of the trash and items around them to create new works of art.
The Writing Center will provide space for this composing as well as composing materials to help as your recycle, remix, and reclaim things you have found around the community of MSU and East Lansing.
The project will start and end in The Writing Center, 300 Bessey Hall, but wear your walking shoes.
Looks like THE color to wear last week was turquoise–specifically, the awesome Writing Center 20/20 shirt. This fall semester marks the 20th anniversary of Writing Center, and we are celebrating with 20 different events. This festive year was kicked off with a big party in August, and some of the other upcoming events include game nights, creating a cook book, open mic nights, and more parties!
Next event on the calendar is the Reading with the Red Cedar Writing Project–will you be there?
The Writing Center and Red Cedar Writing Project are celebrating 20 years at Michigan State. To commemorate this milestone we’ve partnered together to bring a group of talented local authors to share their writing with the MSU community.
Join us Thursday, September 20th at 6:30 pm in The Writing Center at 300 Bessey Hall for an evening of listening and celebration. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. We encourage you to bring friends and family!