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writing center, technical writing, tutor training, transfer, collaboration


This talk from the Council of Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication 2013 conference describes an approach to writing center tutor education that has students not only prepare to tutor technical and professional writing, but also connect content to their majors and careers. I draw connections between research on former writing tutors, transfer of learning, and symbolic analytic work to position tutor education as professional preparation for technical and professional writers. I also invite participants to consider how writing centers and professional writing programs can collaborate work toward this dual outcome.