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Writing Center Coordinator Michael Rymer Receives Award

The Marilyn Sternglass Writing Award at City College is given for excellence in writing in the English Department’s Language and Literacy program. This semester, that award went to Murphy Writing Center Coordinator Michael Rymer, who holds an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and is currently enrolled in the English Master of Arts in Language & Literacy program.

From Michael:

The paper looks at the use of Close Vertical Transcription (CVT) of writing center sessions as a professional development tool. Close Vertical Transcription is a method of transcribing that draws from linguistics, and some writing center professionals advocate for it as an alternative to less rigorous methods because they edit out non-verbal utterances and pauses and have no way or representing interruptions. In the paper I look at the literature on using transcripts in WC professional development (which has been happening since the beginning of writing centers) and I write about using CVT to transcribe a session here.

Congratulations Michael!

Introducing: The Murphy Institute Writing Center

Students at the Murphy Institute have always done a lot of writing, from the short “zaps” Professor Ed Ott assigns his labor studies M.A. students to the major research papers assigned in classes across Murphy’s programs.

As of this fall, they now have a Writing Center to help with the writing process — a place where they can bring any assignment, at any stage of the writing process, to receive feedback and guidance.

Are you a Murphy student looking to improve a piece of work and/or sharpen your writing skills? Sign up for an appointment here.

Watch this page for updates on a program of reading and writing skill-boosting workshops offered by the Writing Center.

Photo Credit: Housin Aziz via Noun Project