Month: February 2015

News from NVWP, MAWCA, IWCA, and NCPTW

CAPTA is proud to be a part of a large network of secondary and post-secondary school writing center organizations and other organizations that promote the teaching of writing in our schools. Below are links to information about upcoming events hosted by CAPTA’s regional, national, and international affiliates. You can find more information about each even under the “CAPTA Events” section.

Northern Virginia Writing Project 2015 Language and Learning Conference | March 28, 2015 at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA

Mid-Atlantic Writing Center Association 2015 Conference | April 10, 2015 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA

International Writing Center Association Annual Conference | October 8-10, 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA

The National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing 2015 | November 5-8, 2015 in Salt Lake City, UT


“A Session to Remember” by Edison Writing Center Tutor Sydnee B.

Today, The CAPTA Blog is kicking off our weekly CAPTA Writing Center Tutor post series. Each week over the next few weeks, we’ll be featuring posts from various CAPTA Writing Center blogs written by CAPTA Writing Center Tutors. If you’re interested in submitting original content or if you would like us to feature a post from your writing center’s blog, email us at: and be sure to include “Blog Post” in the subject line.

Today’s featured post originally appeared on the Edison Writing Center’s Blog, “Just Doing the WRITE Thing,” on January 23, 2015. You can read the original post here.
Noah M., another first year tutor, said his most memorable tutoring session was not exactly memorable for its fulfillment, but it is definitely something he will never forget.  One time he sat down with his tutee and the tutee asked to use the bathroom and never came back. Noah was confused and quite disappointed, but at least the session (or rather, a lack of one), gave him a good story to tell the other tutors.During the Tutoring Blitz of 2015, I began to think and reflect on all of my tutoring sessions.  But, as a first year tutor here at Edison, I didn’t have much to reflect on. Still, I decided that one of my most memorable sessions was with a tutee named Robert. He seemed nervous and unsure of himself when we began the session.  Throughout the time I spent with him he opened up and his writing just seemed to flow. I found this so rewarding because I feel like we created a bond and ever since then he has been much more confident with his writing.  Aside from that I was also able to teach him small techniques to improve his writing.

Bruke K., a second year tutor, said that his most memorable tutoring session was frustrating. A while back, he was tutoring an ESL student, and was stumped by the lack of progress being made in the session. Bruke felt a bit helpless because it seemed like he and the tutee were having difficulties understanding each other. The session still sticks out to him because he feels that he wasn’t able to help the student as much as he would have liked. Still, this memorable conference highlights the importance of being flexible and patient when tutoring.

These sessions are just a few memories that we will never forget. Make sure to stop by the EWC and help us make more!

Sydnee B. is a Sophomore and first-year tutor in the Edison Writing Center.

Announcing the CAPTA Logo Design Contest!

CAPTA is excited to announce that we are accepting submissions to the CAPTA Logo Design Contest!  All CAPTA-affiliated tutors are welcome to submit a design.

The winning design will be featured on the CAPTA website, the CAPTA Facebook page, CAPTA business cards, CAPTA pens, and more! Submissions should include a unique image or symbol and both “CAPTA” and “The Capital Area Peer Tutoring Association.” The design should also work in both color and in black and white.  Otherwise, there are no limits to the design!

We encourage tutors to read about CAPTA’s mission and vision to help inspire their design.

Submissions will be accepted from now until Monday, March 2. To submit a design, students should email their .JPG file to and be sure to include “Logo Contest” in the subject line.

All CAPTA tutors and directors will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite logo design from March 3-March 6. The logo design contest winner will be announced on our Facebook page on March 7 and will receive a $10 Starbucks Gift Card.

Please see the attached flyer and distribute this information to your tutors. Questions? Please contact us!


CAPTA Flyer for Facebook