Festivities started at 10 am with walk-in-tutoring for all students. Students met with tutors for short fifteen minutes sessions, allowing students to drop in and quickly resolve any questions or concerns. One of the walk-in-tutors during this time was Alex Geffard, a grad student in the Writing Arts Masters program and the Web Coordinator for the Writing Center. Alex said his sessions “were very productive”, and focused “mostly on grammar and sentence structure”. He said today was a great day to show we don’t have to be scared of writing! If you are interested in drop-in tutoring, First Year Writing students can drop in any day of the week, and all other students can drop by on Tuesdays and Thursdays to work with TJ Schreiber!
In addition to the walk-in sessions, the Writing Center also held mini Halloween-themed workshops. There were Hai-boos (haikus), Horror Flash Fiction, and Terrifying True Tales. These sessions were led by Laura Kincaid, a second-year Writing Arts Masters student who has worked in the Writing Center for two years. Students and tutors in Laura’s workshop wrote Halloween themed haikus, such as these:
Know girls will be girls,
She’ll paint her face with blood and
Devour the man
Watching the shadows
you walk alone on the path
the trees watch you back
Close the freezer door,
it wastes electricity,
and the bones will thaw
My own face possesses it
Throughout the day, tutors and students were encouraged to participate in the Writing Center Costume Contest. The contest had three categories: funniest, most creative, and best in show. Pictures were posted to the Writing Center instagram account along with a caption about why the student/tutor writes. Here were some of the contestants!
- What is the most popular Halloween Candy?
- What famous magician died on Halloween?
- Name the country believed to be the origins of Halloween.
The Writing Center’s Halloween celebration was a success! Tutors and students had a great time all day long. Activities like these bring our writing community closer together, and I was really honored to be apart of it. Beyond the celebrations, the Writing Center is a fantastic place to work with your peers at any stage of the writing process, for any class. Click here to register for an appointment. I hope to see you there!