The Writing Center is a beloved signature program within Trevor’s High School. Its goals are to empower exemplary writers to become experts, deconstruct the writing process, place strong emphasis on collaboration in the writing process, and strengthen the caliber of writing across the entire curriculum. Modeled on peer-to-peer support, discussion, collaboration, and self-directed academic growth, The Writing Center is inquiry-based learning at its best.
Writing Advisors collaborate with student-“clients” to help them become better, more thoughtful writers. Beyond the Trevor faculty, the role of Writing Advisor is bestowed upon select juniors and seniors. Writing Advisors share best practices and act as collaborators and peer-editors for their fellow students so that those students can enhance their understanding of the writing process. To this end, Writing Advisors take a minimalist approach in helping student-clients sort through and clarify their ideas, then communicate them effectively to their audience. Advisors do this by listening reflectively and providing strategies to help peers navigate the messy and sometimes overwhelming practice of writing.
Both the Writing Advisor and client are enriched during the dynamic progress of a writing conference, as is the product. The Writing Center embodies Trevor’s values and vision, and its impact on student outcomes is undeniable. Trevor students graduate with powerful advantages for college and life beyond—with a strong foundation in writing skills, experience with the workshopping process, and valuable insights that come from peer-to-peer collaboration.