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Professional Development

The purpose of our Professional Development program is to provide consultants with an enriching experience as peer-writing consultants; therefore, it is in a consultant’s best interest to choose events based on the following: areas of interest, specialization, and to gain diverse knowledge.

In order to meet your 2 required hours of professional development, please review the following options:



Writing Center Professional Development Workshops

These professional development opportunities will occur periodically throughout the semester, and they may cover topics like citation styles, Google Docs and working online, genre specific training (resumes, cover letters, posters, etc.), and CRP. 


GVSU Sponsored Event

GVSU Sponsored Events and/or Library Workshops

These lectures, presentations, and training events occur around campus, and must be pre-approved by either the Writing Center Coordinator or the Writing Center Director to count as writing center professional development (Teach-In presentations, Library or Speech training events, LIB 100 approved events, etc.)


Fireside Chat

Fireside Chats

These professional development opportunities will take place every Friday @ 3:30pm in LOH 120 (Mothership). The purpose of these fireside chats is to provide consultants an additional opportunity to gain some information and on-going support from their peers/ supervisors by engaging in dialogue. 

*Note: some fireside chats might not count toward your required 2 hours of professional development, but you will be notified ahead of time.

The fireside chats can take the following forms:


Mini-Lesson + Hands-On Activity


Mini-Lesson + Discussion/Reflection

Guest Speaker

Share Story + Q&A

These fireside chats will be scheduled throughout the semester - so stay up-to-date on the upcoming topics and speakers by regularly visiting the calendar.

Professional Development Calendar



Time & Location

Sunday, January 21st 

Knowledge Market Winter Training: Digging Deeper - Understanding Public & Academic Bias


12-2pm @ Multi Purpose Room in MIPLIC

Friday, February 2nd

Fireside Chat: Getting to now your Reader Identity - For multimodal consulting & reading support

3:30-4:30pm @ LOH 120

Tuesday, February 6th

Professional Development Workshop: Community Reading Project, All the Single Ladies

9-10am @ LOH 167

Friday, February 16th

Fireside Chat: Consulting with Non-Native English Speaking Students

3:30-4:30pm @ LOH 120

Tuesday, February 27th

Mesh Magazine Informational Meeting & Workshop

3:30-4:30pm @ KC 2266


Wednesday, February 28th

Mesh Magazine Informational Meeting & Workshop

12-1pm @ KC 2259

Friday, March 16th

Fireside Chat: Consulting Online - Synchronized and Asynchronized

3:30-4:30pm @ LOH 120

Friday, March 30th

Fireside Chat: A Conversation on Linguistic Diversity

3:30-4:30pm @ LOH 120

Friday, April 13th

Fireside Chat: Preparing for the Job - How consulting stills translate to futures jobs

3:30-4:30pm @ LOH 120


Attending and/or Presenting at Conferences

Consultants can earn professional development credit by attending MiWCA or by presenting at MiWCA, ECWCA, or NCPTW. 


During Your Consultation or Your Shift

Weekly Appointment Support

The Writing Center offers Weekly Appointments (upon request and approval) for certain students. If the student is learning English as an additional language, has permission from a professor, or thinks the extra help is something they need, then they are invited to come into the Writing Center to pick up an APPLICATION. 

Come to the LOH 120 location or contact us for more information about setting up a weekly appointment.

Before calling, be aware of the following:

  • Weekly appointments are serious commitments. We will assign a dedicated consultant to meet with the student for 50 minutes every week. This kind of commitment is for their benefit and should not be taken lightly. 
  • The appointment lasts for 50 minutes. In that time, the student-writer is responsible for having enough work to do - but it doesn't have to be the same every week. They should feel free to bring in any writing assignment, project, or questions to discuss with the assigned consultant. 
  • We try to schedule around your availability. This means, the more available the student is, the easier it is for us to find a consultant who can work with them.

Meet Your 2017-2018 Leads!




Gwen P. 

Meredith S.

Chiara L.

Connor M.

Danielle Z.

Christine K.



Leads are here to help you!

At the Writing Center, we value the peer-to-peer relationship, so think of Leads as your peer support crew. If you have questions about the work, your schedule, your style, or anything else, your leads are here to try and find answers to those questions.

If you are interested in applying to become a Lead, feel free to ask them about the process.

WRT 306

  • If you have just been hired, please read this article before coming to orientation & visit  WRT 306 to learn about our training class for the Fall. 

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