|I have always been "a writer,"
or I should say I've always thought of myself as one. As a child I wrote stories and
poems and diaries. I dreamed, like so many writing teachers, of being a writer when
I grew up. As an adolescent I wrote, predictably, angst-filled poems and journals.
After that there were the papers and more papers for undergraduate and graduate
coursework--and always the private journals and occasional poems.
Now, I find myself
writing the necessary professional documents--many, many memos, reports, letters of
reference, evaluations, etc.--and an occasional essay, children's story,
poem. I keep a journal. The most satisfying writing I do has a limited
audience: me, my friends, and my family. I also enjoy writing essays along with
the students in my classes. Here are two of them: "Why
I Read" and "Lean Dog" along
with an article I wrote years ago for WCC's
newspaper, The Horizon, after the death of WCC student Krystal DeVries.
For the past 10 years, I have written presentations
for the annual national conventions of the Conference on College Composition
and Communication (CCCC). Here are some of them.
2001: From Part-Time to
Tenured Faculty at a Two-Year College: Entering the
Conversation from the Margin
Which Texts? Which Streets? Two-Year
College Faculty and the 4Cs
2003: Going Public: A Writing Program in Revision
2005: Playing in the Center:
Tutor as Renegade Rhetor
2009: Using Improv to Create
Collaborative Space and Handout
I have also written an article about online writing centers at
community colleges, published The OWL Construction and Maintenance Guide,
In 2008, I delivered the keynote address--“Writing
Selves in the Center: Possibility, Play, and Potential Space”--for
the annual conference of the Northern California Writing Centers
Association, “Writing Selves in the Center: Possibility, Play, and
Potential Space.” This is my
works cited list for that talk.
And I suppose I should not leave this out: I am the author of Whatcom Community
College's Online Writing Center, published
online in June 1999.