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Emotional Labor in the Writing Center

Marina Burandt

University of Denver


Writing Center work is woven inextricably with emotional labor. While some research focuses on visitors to the Writing Center, the consultants bear the weight of seen and unseen emotional labor with every appointment. How can Writing Centers be aware of this emotional labor and support their employees, especially now that the “space” of the Writing Center has been abstracted and made largely virtual? How can a consultant bring practices such as mindfulness and radical acceptance to their Writing Center work and develop meaningful connections within the Writing Center community?




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