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Unlimited Players

The Intersections of Writing Center and Game Studies

edited by Holly Ryan & Stephanie Vie

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“This collection nicely complements new scholarship in writing center studies focusing on new media composing and multimodality and provides incredibly useful language and perspectives for approaching writing center consultations and tutoring sessions.”
—Janine Morris, Nova Southeastern University

“Ryan and Vie have assembled the first essay collection that specifically applies game theory to writing center work. Intriguing, practical, and timely, this collection is a must have.”


Unlimited Players provides writing center scholars with new approaches to engaging with multimodality in the writing center through the lenses of games, play, and digital literacies. Considering how game scholarship can productively deepen existing writing center conversations regarding the role of creativity, play, and engagement, this book helps practitioners approach a variety of practices, such as starting new writing centers, engaging tutors and writers, developing tutor education programs, developing new ways to approach multimodal and digital compositions brought to the writing center, and engaging with ongoing scholarly conversations in the field.

The collection opens with theoretically driven chapters that approach writing center work through the lens of games and play. These chapters cover a range of topics, including considerations of identity, empathy, and power; productive language play during tutoring sessions; and writing center heuristics. The last section of the book includes games, written in the form of tabletop game directions, that directors can use for staff development and tutors can play with writers to help them develop their skills and practices.

No other text offers a theoretical and practical approach to theorizing and using games in the writing center. Unlimited Players provides a new perspective on the long-standing challenges facing writing center scholars and offers insight into the complex questions raised in issues of multimodality, emerging technologies, tutor education, identity construction, and many more. It will be significant to writing center directors and administrators and those who teach tutor training courses.


Contributors: Neil Baird, Brenta Bevins, Elizabeth Caravella, Jess Clements, Jason Custer, Malcolm Evans, Richonda Fegins, Molly Fischer, Elliot Freeman, Veronica Garrison-Joyner, Jamie Henthorn, Stacey Hoffer, Stacey Hoffer, Jodi Kutzner, Miriam Laufer, Christopher LeCluyse, Katie Levin, Christina Mastroeni, Elysse Meredith, Christopher Morrow, Mitchell Mulroy, Alyssa Noch, Kevin Rutherford, Lindsay Sabatino, Elizabeth Saur, Thomas "Buddy" Shay, Heather Shay, Nathalie Singh-Corcoran, Brennan Thomas, Rachael Zeleny

Holly Ryan is associate professor of English and writing center coordinator at Pennsylvania State University, Berks. Her work has appeared in a range of journals including Writing Center Journal, WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship, and Praxis: A Writing Center Journal.

Stephanie Vie is associate dean of the Outreach College at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and a former writing center director at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Her work has appeared in many journals, and she is the editor or coeditor of the books Unlimited Players, The Pokémon Go Phenomenon, Social Writing/Social Media, and e-Dentity. She is the 2016 recipient of the Computers and Composition Charles Moran Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field

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  • Paperback Price: $35.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-64642-193-0
  • Ebook Price: $29.95
  • 30-day ebook rental price: $15.00
  • EISBN: 978-1-64642-194-7
  • Publication Month: June
  • Publication Year: 2022
  • Pages: 296
  • Illustrations: 2
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: edited by Holly Ryan & Stephanie Vie
  • ECommerce Code: 978-1-64642-193-0
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