The Center Will Hold

Critical Perspectives on Writing Center Scholarship

edited by Michael A. Pemberton and Joyce Kinkead

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Winner of the 2003 Best Book Award, Council of Writing Program Administrators

Winner of the 2004 IWCA Outstanding Scholarship Award

In The Center Will Hold, Pemberton and Kinkead have compiled a major volume of essays on the signal issues of scholarship that have established the writing center field and that the field must successfully address in the coming decade. The new century opens with new institutional, demographic, and financial challenges, and writing centers, in order to hold and extend their contribution to research, teaching, and service, must continuously engage those challenges.

Appropriately, the editors offer the work of Muriel Harris as a key pivot point in the emergence of writing centers as sites of pedagogy and research. The volume develops themes that Harris first brought to the field, and contributors here offer explicit recognition of the role that Harris has played in the development of writing center theory and practice. But they also use her work as a springboard from which to provide reflective, descriptive, and predictive looks at the field.

A collection that suggests a new agenda for research and teaching in writing centers, The Center Will Hold signals a turn toward the future in writing center scholarship. It belongs on the bookshelf of every writing center and will be used with graduate students and in tutor training seminars for years to come.


Michael A. Pemberton is an associate professor in the writing and linguistics department at Georgia Southern University,where he also directs the University Writing Center.

Joyce Kinkead is distinguished professor of English at Utah State University, the 2013 US Professor of the Year for the state of Utah, and a founding member of the International Writing Centers Association. She was named a Council on Undergraduate Research Fellow in 2012 and is the author or editor of several books.

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  • Paperback Price: $27.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-87421-570-0
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  • Publication Year: 2003
  • Pages: 225
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  • Author: edited by Michael A. Pemberton and Joyce Kinkead
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