The inner critic is the internal voice inside all of us that impedes us with negative messages about ourselves and our own capabilities (Elliot 111). In this essay, I illustrate the impact an inner critic can have in Writing Centers for both students and tutors alike and structure strategies to silence that critic. Three specific strategies are provided: (1) to name the inner critic in order to grant control over it, (2) to practice freewriting and understanding poor first drafts, and (3) to assist the student in understanding the allowance for imperfection within writing. By implementing these strategies alongside awareness in the Writing Center, tutors will find the ability to better connect with students and assist them in crafting academic and personal writing.
Romriell, Andrew, "Of Writing, Teaching, and Tutoring: Banishing the Presence of the Inner Critic in the Writing Center" (2019). Writing Center Analysis Papers. Paper 25.