In this paper I discuss the effects of positive ambience within a writing center environment. Effective writing centers encourage student relaxation through positive tutor affect, soothing nature-based decor, and organization that promotes low power-distance. The use of open, friendly attitudes, warm colors, and breathing room allow writing center attendees to relax. As a result, attendees of this kind of writing center are more effective, engaged, and motivated to dig deep while pursuing the writing process. Combining research with personal experience, I relate an effective writing center to a positive classroom learning environment, comparing the effects of various methods of classroom/center organization.
Phillips, Cari, "Warm Smiles, Soft Chairs: A Testament to the Power of Ambience" (2017). Tutor's Column. Paper 7.