When last I wrote, I was beginning my second year at DePaul University in the Master of Writing & Publishing program. Last summer I received word that I'd be receiving a graduate assistantship with the department of English, and that (in addition to a tuition waiver and stipend) I'd be working with DePaul's University Center for Writing-based Learning, their writing center that's oh-so-much-more than a writing center. For the 2012-2013 school year I worked as the assistant coordinator for Writing Groups. When my supervisor took on a bigger teaching load I was promoted to full Coordinator, and I finished the year as one of the senior staff members of one of the largest collegiate writing centers of its type in the world. Writing Groups was only one of a series of teams within the UCWbL, which unlike typical writing centers is its own entire academic department with its own budget, administrators, and a whole spectrum of writing-related resources, projects, and tasks for the University.
DePaul University has five campuses, and my primary duty for the UCWbL was organizing the writing center services that would travel to and support the more distant suburban campuses. I found I enjoyed this a lot, and our team had many successes over the year, including the creation of a multi-campus, multi-disciplinary faculty writing group that took place over Google Hangouts, and we won (along with the Outreach team) special recognition for outstanding service to adult learners from the Adult Student Center. Not only was the work fun and rewarding, but along the way I got to know most of the 80+ peer tutors that worked there, and made many new writing friends. Writing Groups and Outreach also started DePaul's new recurring reading series "Aloud!" which features writers from the DePaul community in general and the Writers Guild in particular.