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Writing Initiative Spring/Summer 2022 Newsletter



  1. Saying goodbye New writing studies minor
  2. Interested in tutoring? Podcasts conversation What we're listening to 

Hail and farewell to our graduating tutors 

This May, we say goodbye to Sarah L. (Writing Center tutor since fall '19); Ciara L (Spring '20), Abby S. and Laura D. (F '20); Alex V., Anjali B., Madelaine H., and Matt I. (S '21); and Zeqi C. (F '22) as they graduate and move on to their next adventures. I'm so grateful to have known you and worked with you all. On behalf of all the writers you've helped and all the Binghamton University community members whose lives you've touched, including my own, sincere thanks and the very best of luck!

— Wendy Stewart, Writing Center director 

Consider a minor in Writing Studies The writing studies minor is a home for students who believe that writing is an integral part of their personal, professional, and academic success. It's designed to complement your major: a history student interested in digital media, a chemistry student interested in science journalism, or an english major interested in marketing or advocacy will find courses that help them explore the role of writing in their professional and creative lives. WRIT 491 (the Writing Center tutoring practicum all new tutors enroll in) and many other courses count toward the Minor in Writing Studies. Learn more at Writing  Studies Minor at Binghamton and email Robert Danberg, director of the writing studies minor, with any questions. 

Interested in tutoring? If you love writing, want to learn more about it, and enjoy helping others, apply now to become a Writing  Center tutor in the Fall of 2022. Please check out our website and email Writing Center Director Wendy Stewart with any questions.

Podcasts: what to know

Meg G., Writing Initiative intern and Writing Center tutor, interviewed Sarah Bull, who teaches WRIT 345: Writing and Producing Podcasts (Spring and Fall '22) and Shruti Jain, PhD student who teaches ENG 280T: Sharing Sound: The Art of Podcasting (Summer '22). Learn more about their work and listen to Sarah's podcast 'How it Came to Be' and Shruti's 'Immigrants Wake America," hosted and produced with TRIP PhD candidate Le Li.

Meg: Why do you two choose to make podcasts over other forms of media?

Shruti: The topic of the show brought about the podcasts . . . it is a way to make archives more dynamic, a unique way to think of the process of archiving itself. It is from archives that we arrived at the podcast. Sarah: I wanted to start a podcast, but I did not know what I wanted it to be about. There is something so intimate about it, it's in your ears, like a friend, you don't often sit around with a group of six people and listen to a podcast.

Meg: Sarah, what specific skills are gained in your podcast class that would be missed in other writing courses?

Sarah: We started off the course with a unit called being an invested and curious interviewer and I think that's a skill that is so valuable. The skill translates to how good your material is and transfers to everyday life. We are also working on how to layer in a narrative, something that is different from writing another paper.

Meg: Shruti, how does a podcast have more opportunity to shed light on important/controversial topics?

Shruti: One of the objectives was community-building through the podcasts. Our episodes are about 15 minutes long, very easy to listen to . . . and can be used as a teaching resource in schools and colleges. It can act as a companion to history lessons. It normalizes different stories.

Meg: Where do you see the podcast landscape in five years?

Shruti: Oh wow. . . I'm hoping to see more podcasts in academia while keeping their accessibility. I see them being taken more seriously.

Sarah: It's gaining traction for sure, but more importantly more and more stories will be able to be told.

Sarah Bull and Shruti Jain both teach for the Writing Initiative. Meg G. is Sarah's student in Spring '22 and is producing a podcast on her life as an army brat for the final project of the course. The Writing Initiative thanks Meg for conducting this interview and for producing our inaugural newsletter! 

Podcasts we like 

  • NPR Code Switch
  • New York Times: The Daily • Anything  Goes with Emma  Chamberlain
  • Cocaine & Rhinestones
  • Poetry Unbound
  • Happier with Gretchen Rubin 
  • Meditative Story
  • The New York Times Book Review 
  • Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris
  • Parcast Cults