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As a member of the Whitworth Composition Commons community registered through WCOnline, you may be interested to know that we will host a Diversity Monologues Writing Workshop on Thursday, January 17, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the HUB MPR.


What is this "Diversity Monologues" event, you ask?


Diversity Monologues is a program and space showcasing the stories of Whitworth University students. Throughout the Diversity Monologues process, students engage counternarrative to celebrate their identities and to illuminate opportunities for improving equity and inclusion of institutional and societal structures, policies and procedures. Diversity Monologues is coordinated by a body of students, staff and faculty dedicated to fostering a community that nurtures and appreciates diverse identities. In March 2015, Whitworth hosted its first Diversity Monologues program and was funded as an initiative of #WhitworthUnited.


At the 17th’s writing workshop, participants will get a chance to learn more about the history, mission, and vision of the Diversity Monologues event from Shawn Washington, the Acting Executive Director of Student Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, as well as work with Composition Commons Consultants in individual and/or small-group consultations on the following topics: what is a monologue, storytelling 101, reverse engineering from samples, and development to delivery. Given the flexible nature of the event, you will likely get something new from this writing workshop even if you attended the previous workshop in November 2018!


You are welcome to participate in this event at any stage of the writing process: whether you come simply wanting to learn more, with an idea in your brain, or with a fully fleshed out outline or draft of your monologue, the WCC can help bring your story to life!


Come for the PIZZA; stay for the writing advice.

We hope to see you there!


Composition Commons Jan Term 2019 Hours

Monday: 11am-1pm; 4pm-6pm

Tuesday: 11am-1pm; 4pm-6pm

Wednesday: 11am-1pm; 4:30pm-6pm

Thursday: 11am-1pm; 4pm-6pm

Friday: 11am-1pm; 3pm-5pm

Saturday: 11am-1pm

Sunday: 2:30pm-4:30pm

Hello, WCC Community,

The WCC will be holding select (extended!) hours for free writing project tutoring during finals week: Tuesday, December 11 - Friday, December 14.

Select "Fall Finals Week 2018" from the "Choose a Schedule" dropdown menu on the WCOnline sign-in page ( before logging in to book your finals week writing consultation now!


Dr. Clements

Director, Whitworth Composition Commons

It’s a week o’ Composition Commons workshops!


First, there are two opportunities to receive guidance on upcoming visual presentation projects: PowerPoint presentations, posters, video projects, and more.


Visual Presentations

Tuesday, November 27th




Thursday, November 29th




Second, you can learn more about the 2019 Diversity Monologues campus event and get the scoop on effective storytelling strategies before the holiday break! (There may be free pizza involved . . . ;)


Diversity Monologues Writing Workshop

Thursday, November 29th




Last, join us for free cookies, stress-less games and crafts, and drop-in writing support in our first ever Write-in. Join us ANYTIME between 3 and midnight on Sunday, December 2, Library Classroom. We’ll announce the winner of our $25 “I attended a WCC workshop” Amazon gift card.



Sunday, December 2

3pm-12am (midnight)

Library Classroom 


We hope to see you there!


The WCC is sponsoring TWO free opportunities to learn more about effective source integration next week:


Monday, November 12 from 3-4 p.m. and Thursday, November 15 from 5-6 p.m. Both workshops will be held in the HUB MPR.


Just in time for making progress on end-of-term research projects, these duplicate workshops will help students better understand the tips and tricks of the trade when it comes to effective source integration in academic writing. Composition Commons writing consultants will work with small groups of students wherever they may be in their current research-based writing project. Even those who are just getting started will learn something from this workshop. Students also get entered for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card just for attending.


WHO: You!

WHAT: "Just My Type" NaNoWriMo creative writing workshop

WHEN: Thursday, November 1: 4-6 PM

WHERE: North Spokane Library

WHY: FREE assistance overcoming writer's block and making progress on your creative writing project during National Novel Writing Month.

Never heard of NaNoWriMo? Visit, then come to Thursday's workshop (novel-in-progress NOT required!)

Are you hoping to catch up or, better yet, get ahead on your writing projects over Fall Break? You're in luck! While we will be closed on Friday, October 26, we are holding special hours on Saturday the 27th and Sunday the 28th along with our regular 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. hours on Monday, October 29.

Friday, October 26: CLOSED 

Saturday, October 27: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday, October 28: 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Monday, October 29: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Make an appointment at

Hope to see you then!

You've enjoyed the benefits of the WCC as a client. Have you ever considered working for them? The WCC is looking for Consultants for the 2019-2020 academic year!
The Whitworth Composition Commons (WCC) is dedicated to helping clients become better writers through one-to-one and small-group writing consultations conducted primarily by trained peers. In addition, the WCC serves the campus as a whole through workshops and outreach events.
Consider the following:
• You can earn three upper division credits in EL 420: Writing Center Theory & Practice (the required training course that will be offered Spring 2019).
• After completing one semester of training and trial consulting, you will be paid for your work, with an increase in pay each subsequent year worked.
• The position provides practical experience that makes an excellent addition to your resume.
• There is the opportunity for advancement through student administrator positions.
• You will develop and refine your own writing skills along with interpersonal instructional skills.
If you are interested in applying for a position in the WCC, please follow the process listed below. Applications must be submitted by Monday, October 22, 11:59 p.m. If you have any further questions, please email me ( or stop by my office (Westminster 242). I would be happy to meet with you!
Application Process:
Please submit the following to my e-mail ( by Monday, October 22, 11:59 p.m.
1.     Completed one-page demographic application (
2.     One-page cover letter indicating your interest in a WCC position and writing consulting more broadly as well as a brief explanation of your experiences relevant to assisting peers with their writing.
3.     A 4-5 page (minimum) critical writing sample (ideally, a 7-12 page research-based writing sample from a writing-intensive course in your discipline).
4 A brief (one paragraph to one page) letter of recommendation from a professor endorsing your potential fit for a WCC consulting position. Have the professor e-mail the recommendation directly to me (

The Composition Commons is now open for Fall 2018!

Register for an account or login to start making your Fall 2018 appointments NOW through Monday, December 10!


Composition Commons Summer Term 2018 Hours:


NOW through Friday, August 10


Monday-Friday: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sunday: CLOSED


Rip and Graham are available to help you with your summer class essays, job documents, scholarship/graduate school application essays, and more! Multimodal/design-based projects are welcome, as are creative writing projects.


VIRTUAL/ONLINE consulting available via Skype this summer: e-mail for more details.


Did you know? 

We have Finals Week hours!


Come let Alejandra, Alli, Angela, Audrey, Jake, Kalani, or Rip help you finish those final papers or projects:

Tuesday, May 15, 12-1 p.m.; 3-5 p.m.

Wednesday, May 16, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 3-8 p.m.

Thursday, May 17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; 1:30-6 p.m.

Friday, May 18, 9-11 a.m.; 1-3:30 p.m.

Composition Commons Spring Term 2018 Hours

Monday: 9-10AM, 10:30AM-1:30PM, 2-8PM

Tuesday: 10AM-8PM

Wednesday: 9-10AM, 10:30AM-1:30PM, 2-8PM

Thursday: 10AM-6PM

Friday: 9-10AM, 10:30AM-3PM

Saturday: 9AM-5PM

Sunday: 1-7PM

Composition Commons Jan Term 2018 Hours

Monday: 1 – 4PM, 4:30 – 5:30PM

Tuesday: 12:30 – 4PM, 4:30 – 6PM

Wednesday: 1 – 3PM, 4:30 – 5:30PM

Thursday: 12:30 – 2PM, 4:30 – 5:30PM

Friday: 2 – 5PM

Saturday: 11AM – 12:30 PM, 2:30 – 5PM

Sunday: 1 – 3PM, 3:30 – 4:30PM

We are closed for Christmas break. Please check back on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, for our limited January Term hours.

Composition Commons Fall 2017 Hours:


Monday: 9-10 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 2:30-8 p.m.

Tuesday: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 2:30-3:30 p.m., 4-8 p.m.

Wednesday: 9-10 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1-3:30 p.m., 4:30-5:30 p.m., 6-8 p.m.

Thursday: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30-8 p.m.

Friday: 9-10 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1-3 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 12:30-5 p.m.

Sunday: 1-8 p.m.


Composition Commons Summer Term 2017 Hours:


Tuesday: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.; 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.; 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.


Starting June 5, 2017:


Monday: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.; 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.; 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.



Did you know? 

We have Finals Week hours!


Come let Alexandra, Angela, Courtney, Elise, and Natalie help you finish those final papers or projects:

Tuesday, May 16, 1:00-8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 17, 9:00-10:00 a.m., 10:30-6:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 18, 3:30-8:00 p.m.


We recently partnered with the Dornsife Center for Community Engagement and Crosswalk Youth Homeless Shelter to gather stories of local homeless youth. The goal of the event was to help Spokane’s homeless teens put their experiences into writing so the Spokane Youth Advisory Board might argue for higher quality services for this population.

The event inspired us to do a little something more.

Through the end-of-day Tuesday, May 9, you will notice a donations box in the WCC (Whitworth University Cowles Library, room 242). We’d like to show the youth of Crosswalk a little more support in the following ways:

clothing, feminine hygiene products, shampoo and conditioner, soap, chap stick, disposable razors, deodorant, dental floss, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, combs, pens, pencils, notebook paper, socks, coats, gloves, women’s underwear, canned food, toilet paper, and/or paper towels.

Crosswalk provides the basic necessities for the teens who are homeless or in crisis situations.  They provide lifesaving services to at-risk homeless and troubled street kids (13-18).  They provide a safe place for teenagers to sleep, eat, go to school, and receive many other services.  A team of professionals teaches them life skills, helps them graduate from high school, gives them mental health counseling, and ultimately, seeks to help them transition into successful, healthy adults.  

Crosswalk serves 50-60 teens/day, and has operated over 20 years.

We hope you’ll consider giving!

For more information about volunteer opportunities and/or the mission and vision of Crosswalk, please see