Jacob Herrmann

April 2018
Major in English and 4th year Ph.D. candidate

"Currently, I’m the workshop coordinator for the KU Writing Center where I communicate with faculty to schedule in-class workshops for undergrad and graduate classes.  In addition, I train and work with other consultants to facilitate workshops.  I started in the writing center in 2014, and I’ve also served as both a graduate consultant and the Administrative Intern.

My favorite part of the KU Writing Center is meeting and working with diverse groups of writers.  The KU Writing Center provides a unique interdisciplinary support system of students, and I’m proud to be part of the writing center community. In terms of facilitating workshops, I enjoy sparking the curiosity and passion for writing in students.  It’s always a good feeling to know that you’ve been able to provide students with new tools to get their writing off the ground.

I am constantly writing for various different reasons—personal, professional, and academic.  Recently, I posted an article entitled “Voices from the Scriptorium: A Medievalist in the Writing Center” to the Midwest Voices blog.  Last semester, I also published a writing center article in The Peer Review entitled “Brave/r Spaces Versus Safer Spaces for LGBTQ+ in the Writing Center: Theory and Practice at University of Kansas.”  Beyond my writing center related writing (super meta, I know!), I’m also writing conference papers and working on my dissertation.

My biggest goal in terms of writing is to finish my dissertation.  All big writing goals are made up of little ones—markers for success along the way.  In order to achieve my writing goals, I need to write, read, and/or research every day.

“Writing is a process.”  This means recognizing that writing is often non-linear process that consists of pre-writing, research, drafting, revising, and proofreading.  Time management is key to successfully complete a draft; give yourself enough time to work on projects.  Procrastination helps no one, but writer’s guilt can often be just as paralyzing."

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