UCWbLing 101 Staff Training Inservice

By September 25, 2015Writing about Writing


  • Share: what blogs do you read?
  • Discuss: why does the UCWbL have a blog?
  • Brainstorm blog topics in groups
  • Read & Reflect: “How to Write an Effective Blog Post”
  • Blog!

What blogs do you read?

Break into small groups and discuss what blogs you read and why you like them. Share with the group.

For example, one of the blogs Matthew P. reads is Stratechery, and Rachel P. reads Southern Revivals.

Why a blog?

In your groups, reflect on About UCWbLing and why the UCWbL has a blog, what the goals of the blog are, and how collaboration is a key part of what UCWbLing does. Share your reflections with the group.


In groups, brainstorm 5-15 ideas for specific blog post topics.

Some sample categories for blog posts:

  • Favorite tutoring resources, and why they’re awesome (think Purdue OWL, Diana Hacker, Grammar Girl, etc.)
  • Hot topics in the fields of education, tutoring, writing, etc.
  • Informative posts for tutors (learning experiences that can be shared)
  • Informative posts for writers (advice or observations about things  writers seem to struggle with or do well)
  • Experiences on an UCWbL team
  • Favorite tutoring strategies and why they work
  • Reflections on learning to be a peer writing tutor

Some blogs/websites to respond to:

  • PeerCentered is a blog for tutors and by tutors, in a collaborative style (written by tutors around the world) and is a good resource for potentially controversial things to respond to (because it’s written by many people and not curated by an editorial board)
  • The Dangling Modifier is a writing center newsletter geared at connecting writing centers and publishes research-based and tutor experience-based content
  • Digital Is is a National Writing Project website that hosts blogs from educators about teaching, learning, writing, and more.
  • Educator Innovator is a blog by the National Writing Project that deals with all things education- and learning-related.

How to blog

Read and reflect on Anthony Rotolo’s “How to Write an Effective Blog Post” and share ideas with the group.


Chose one of the topics your group brainstormed, one of the categories/topics listed above, or your own idea, and write a blog post about it. Use ALL parts of a blog post that Rotolo defines.