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By Jaynelle Stevens,

For the first time this year, Seton Hill University (SHU) will be involved with International Writing Week (IWW) from February 12-18, 2006.

IWW is sponsored by the SHU Writing Center. Advisor Kim Pennesi stated �Everyone celebrates the event differently. SHU is planning on celebrating who we are by trying to outreach and educate people about Writing Centers with activities which they are able to benefit from.�

The idea for IWW branched from the popular International Writing Center Association (IWCA) who sponsors the week annually to countries all over the world.

The IWCA was founded in 1983 and is a continuum of National Writing Centers Association and has encouraged many schools to become involved.

Write Aid is designed to demonstrate getting-started skills, organizing, revising, and incorporating sources.

Writing consultant sophomore Vanessa Kolberg, said, �It really didn�t take long once we got the idea and started working on it. Write Aid takes a few weeks to plan but we had a lot of material from last semester ready.�

In addition to the creation of SHU�s Write Aid, the Writing Center is taking it further to the 28th Annual East Central Writing Centers Association Conference. The conference will be held at Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio, from March 9-11, where they will compete with many schools. The six attending students entitled their proposal, �The Doctor is In: Prescribing an Interactive Writing Clinic for the Work at Hand.�

Writing Consultant Senior Bethany Hutira said, �With the Write Aid presentation, we hope to present to other Writing Centers our project and reach out to everyone else so that maybe they can benefit from our creation.�

In addition, Pennesi is the President of the East Central Writing Centers Association Conference, as well as an Executive on the Board of IWCA. She said the IWW is important to better understand writing centers. �Everyone is welcome and I think it�s something that students can gain from and receive an objective opinion about their writing which is also helpful,� Pennesi said.

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