As a high school English teacher, Annie Karabell realized that many students need more individual attention on writing-intensive tasks than they are able to get during the course of the school day. She observed that students responded exceptionally well to one-on-on conferences and to specific, targeted feedback. In many cases, she noted that student-centered writing conferences propelled students to more creative thinking and coherent writing.
While classroom writing instruction can introduce students to the fundamentals of research, organization, and composition, instruction in a group setting simply cannot address each student's unique needs, ideas, and thinking processes. For that reason, Annie opened The Writing Room in March 2017 to offer individual writing support to students. Building on her experience in both university and high school writing centers, Annie provides structure and support to students on research and writing assignments so that they can not only succeed on their current task, but also approach future writing tasks confidently and with effective strategies.