A Utopian Vision of the Writing Center: Multigenerational, Generative, and Multidisciplinary
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While recently reading W. Ross Winterowd’s The English Department: A Personal and Institutional History, I was pleasantly surprised to see the following paragraph in the Epilogue, where Winterowd describes the ideal reunification of the creative and pragmatic writing arts: The Utopian writing program would be a huband-spoke operation, a writing center being the hub—a site where writers could congregate, talk about their craft, get help with problems, help others solve problems. The center would be a hub for all writers, from “basic” freshmen to upper-division students to faculty members. Genres would include every conceivable kind of writing: research papers, fictional stories, limericks, scientific reports, theses and dissertations, meditations—the sublime and the outrageous. (228-9).