Academic journal article WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship

Guest Editors' Note

Academic journal article WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship

Guest Editors' Note

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Writing Center administrators and workers struggle with issues of wellness--be they affective, situational, or systemic--and the effects of stress on these populations have not been deeply studied in the field. This special issue on wellness and self-care in writing centers responds to this exigency with a set of methodologically diverse articles. In "Tutoring Begins with Breath," Nicole Emmelhainz analyzes two semesters' worth of written reflections from students engaged in guided meditation in a tutor training course. Kelly Concannon, Janine Morris, Nicole Chavannes, and Veronica Diaz provide an autoethnographic account of writing center administrators' engagement with mindfulness practices that replicates and extend past research. Erik Simmons, Laura K. Miller, Caroline Prendergast, and Christiana McGuigan conducted the first published biometric writing center assessment, collecting saliva samples from tutors to measure how stress levels are impacted by tutoring. While the authors engage with wellness interventions differently, they find common ground in their focus on writing center workers.

Because the focus in writing center research tends to be on the experiences and emotions of writers (Simmons et al. …

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