Academic journal article WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship

Guest Editor's Note

Academic journal article WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship

Guest Editor's Note

Article excerpt

In the November/December 2015 WLN, Daniel Lawson identified "the need for more empirical work and more nuanced examinations of affect and emotion in the writing center" (26). We are delighted to feature in this special issue the work of six authors who foreground how emotions can influence what happens--or doesn't happen--in writing consultations.

Mike Haen deploys Conversation Analysis, a method for studying the talk occurring in social interactions, to examine consultant-writer collaboration. Haen challenges the assumption that sympathetic expressions, or affiliation, are the best way to support writers and argues that writers' negative stances can open space for them to think critically about their choices.

Claire Kervin and Heather Barrett challenge another assumption: the view that laziness or poor time management causes procrastination. Citing psychological research that looks at procrastination as a way writers cope with negative emotions, the authors discuss how mindfulness can encourage procrastinating writers' self-awareness and self-regulation. They also offer accessible strategies tutors can use to help such writers move forward. …

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