Writers' Rooms

What is a Writers’ Room?

The concept of a writers’ room is one grounded in collaboration and camaraderie. At the Writing Center, we believe that the writing process is a social one. We intend that the Writers’ Rooms are a space where everyone is striving to create and working to deepen their writing practice. We hope that by hanging out in the Writing Center with us you feel inspired and happy to write.    

 

Each meeting will be collaborative, with peer tutors facilitating group decisions about how to best spend our time together. Peer tutors may also suggest and organize activities based on group input. There will always be the option to work independently from the group and to receive support from a tutor.
 

Writers' Rooms Schedule for Winter 2019

MONDAYS

SEAL: POC Writers’ Room

in partnership with First Peoples Multicultural, Trans and Queer Support Services and Student Equity Arts Lounge (SEAL)

Weeks  2, 5, 8, 10 (They are on these funny weeks because of the Monday holidays in January & February!)

5 pm - 7 pm @ the Writing Center

The SEAL: POC Writers’ Room is a space for students who wish to gather and write on campus. The SEAL: POC Writers’ Room is an opportunity to deepen (or develop!) your writing practice, explore writing as a mode for reflection, and craft and work with peer tutors in an informal setting. It is also a chance to meet other writers and get familiar with the resources available on campus.

 

SEAL: LGBTQIAA+ Writers’ Room

in partnership with in partnership with First Peoples Multicultural, Trans and Queer Support Services and Student Equity Arts Lounge (SEAL)

Weeks 4, 6, and 9 (They are on these funny weeks because of the Monday holidays in January & February!)

5 pm - 7 pm  @ the Writing Center

The SEAL: LGBTQIAA+ Writers’ Room is a space for students who wish to gather and write on campus. The SEAL: LGBTQIAA+ Writers’ Room is an opportunity to deepen (or develop!) your writing practice, explore writing as a mode for reflection and craft, and work with peer tutors in an informal setting. It is also a chance to meet other writers and get familiar with the resources available on campus.

  

TUESDAYS

Creative Writers’ Room

Weeks 2 - 10

5 pm - 7 pm @ the Writing Center    

The Creative Writers’ Room is for anyone who wants some dedicated writing space to work on creative projects. The Creative Writers’ Room is an opportunity to deepen and develop your writing practice, get your questions answered, and work with peer tutors in an informal setting. It is also a chance to meet other writers and get familiar with (or share!) the resources available on campus.

WEDNESDAYS

Scholarships Writers’ Rooms

In partnership with Academic & Career Advising

Weeks 2, 3, 4

5 pm - 7 pm @ the Writing Center

Scholarships Writers' Rooms follow the scholarships workshop on January 16th in LIB 2619 from 1 pm - 3 pm given by Academic & Career Advising. We’ll be working to draft, revise, edit, and proofread scholarship applications in community with other writers.
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WEDNESDAYS

Evals & Academic Statements

Weeks 4-10, and Wednesday of Eval Week

5 pm - 7 pm @ the Writing Center (except Eval Week, which will be 2 pm - 4 pm)

All students at Evergreen have to write these documents, but just because they’re required doesn’t mean you have to suffer! Come hang out in this Writers’ Room to get a grasp on your Academic Statement(s) and Evals.

THURSDAYS

                       

TRiO Writers’ Room

in partnership with TRiO

Weeks 2 - 10

5 pm - 7 pm @ the Writing Center

The TRiO Writers’ Room is a space for writers who are members of the TRiO program or could qualify as members of the TRiO program (first-generation college students, students attending college on a low-income, and students who are  differently abled). The TRiO Writers’ Room is an opportunity to deepen (or develop!) your writing practice, get your questions answered, and work with peer tutors in an informal setting. It is also a chance to meet other writers and get familiar with the resources available on campus.       

 

 

 

 

 

Writers’ Room FAQ:

What do I bring?

Any equipment you may need to write (including paper, pens, a laptop). You might also want to bring source materials (books, articles, ebooks, a laptop) if you are working to include quotations or ideas from other authors.

How long are the Writers’ Rooms? When are they? Where are they?

The Writers’ Rooms are two hours long and usually from 6 pm - 8 pm and held in the Writing Center in LIB 2304. They start with a group check-in and end with a group check-in. What happens in-between will be negotiated between the facilitators and the attendees in the room. Most likely, folks will be writing, getting their questions answered, and possibly sharing their work with others.

Can I bring my friend(s)?

Yes! By all means, bring your classmates or friends along.

How many different Writers’ Rooms can I attend in a week? Does this count as one of my two one-on-one appointments to the Writing Center a week?

You could conceivably attend every Writers’ Room. However, writing in a group setting may work best for you as a once or twice a week, or once every-other-week basis depending on your schedule and your interests. Attending a Writers’ Room doesn’t count as one of the two one-on-one appointments that you are allowed per week!

Which Writers’ Room should I go to?

You can attend any Writers’ Room. We have different options in order to provide space for groups to gather based on affinity. Each room is designed primarily to cater to the needs of those who show up at the Rooms. If you ever feel uncomfortable at a Writers’ Room, please talk to a facilitator of the Room. We start each room with a covenant which helps us set boundaries and expectations.

Can I still make a one-on-one appointment during the hours of the Writers’ Room?

Yes, you may still walk-in or schedule an appointment during the hours of the Writers’ Room, depending on tutor availability. However, your appointment will be held in another area of the library—possibly in a quiet study space.

If you have additional questions, or if you have feedback about a Writers’ Room you attend, please contact the Assistant Coordinator of the Writing Center at birksa@evergreen.edu. Depending on your projects and your interests, you might prefer to meet on-one-one. As always, students and alumni of The Evergreen State College can make up to two 25- or 50-minute, one-on-one appointments by calling our front desk at (360) 867-6420. We have two mottos: 1. “Any writer, any writing!” and 2. “Because you have something to say!” Also, sessions can also be conducted in Spanish!