The Writing Space, providing a functional environment to learn, grow, and develop.

“Writing center spaces tend to be marked with particular objects to achieve a certain mood, serve specific purposes, or send a particular message to those who use the space” (McKinney 7).

A variety of writing centers throughout different college campuses across the United States. Although different, there are some similarities, and these similarities are based on the dominant theory of writing center spaces.

“A writing lab is, after all, a friendly support place for students and not a tightly controlled classroom…Ideal writing labs don’t threaten or intimidate students by being too quiet, too impersonal, too much like…a sterile modern office” (Harris 6-7).

“What’s striking…is how the design of so many writing centers…is governed by this metaphor of home” (McKinney 7).

This is problematic since the concept of home and homely are based on personal perspectives, experiences, and cultural norms that force the status quo's ideology of the home.

“…the writing lab is also a research place…to research focusing on the individual differences among writers” (Harris 6).

“learners...benefit academically from social interaction with their peers” (HEFCE 4).

“A learning space should be able to motivate learners and promote learning as an activity, support collaborative as well as formal practice, provide a personalized and inclusive environment, and be flexible in the face of changing needs” (HEFCE 3).

My Elysian Writing center
Study rooms for tutors and study groups
Collaboration bar
plants and sunshine
Comfortable places to sit, like couches and chairs
Computer stations
Comfortable places to relax and work
Supplies corner
Who's going to pay for all of that?

“Physical spaces on the college campus, like buildings and offices, bring with them important political messages” (Carpenter 2).

“A small-scale highly equipped space can act as a catalyst for wider change and become a test-bed for new pedagogic approaches” (HFCE 31).

“Spaces are themselves agents for change. Changed spaces will change practice” (HEFCE 30).


Carpenter, Rusty. "Consultations Without Bodies." Carpenter 6.1.” Praxis: A Writing Center Journal. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Nov. 2016.

Harris, Muriel. "The Ideal Writing Center." wcj5.2_6.1_mharris.pdf.” Web. 22 Nov. 2016.

HEFCE. Jisc_effective_learning_spaces.pdf.” Web. 22 Nov. 2016.

McKinney, Jackie Grutsch. "Leaving Home Sweet Home."WCJ_25_2_Final.pdf.” Web. 22 Nov. 2016.

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