Sherri Winans
Whatcom Community College
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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 Dogalong 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
2002: 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, on CD-ROM.

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.


Funded through the U.S. Dept. of Education, Title III Grant PO31A980143
Sherri Winans, Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, WA