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Bonnie Devet

Professor and Director of the Writing Lab

Address: Porter's Lodge, Room 203
Office Hours: Tuesday 8:00-8:30, Thursday 8:00-8:30 || Writing Lab: Wednesday 12:15-1:15 and by appointment
Phone: 843.953.5772

Bonnie Devet teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in composition. Since 1989, she has also been the Director of the Writing Lab at the College of Charleston. During this time the Writing Lab has been honored by receiving the Outstanding Peer Tutor Award, Student Employee of the Year Award, and Outstanding Scholarship Award (article). The Writing Lab is also the first writing lab in SC to be certified.



1986 - Ph.D., English with a concentration in Composition, University of South Carolina

           M.A., English, University of Missouri - Columbia

           B.A., English, University of South Carolina

Research Interests

  • Composition and rhetoric
  • Technical Writing
  • Writing Lab theory/practice
  • Grammar and Style


Honors and Awards

“Visiting with the Treasures of the British Library.”  Nominated for Best American Essays by Sam North, editor of June 18, 2018.
Keynote Speaker, “Establishing the Writing Center’s Educational Role in the Academy.”  Palmetto State Writing Center Association Conference, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC, April 1, 2017.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER, “Peering Across the State: A Celebration of Peer Writing Center Tutors.” Palmetto State Writing Center Association, Lander University, Greenwood, SC, Sept. 2013.

FEATURED 30-MINUTE  PRESENTATION: “Humor in the Writing Center: A Cartoon Caption Contest” Palmetto State Writing Center Association Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC (Coastal Carolina University), April 6, 2013.

Named “Notable Essay” by Best American Travel Essays 2013: “Prince Christian Sound: Iceberg Canyon of the North” (originally published May 2013 at


Guest editor (with Dr. Dana Driscoll IUP) of WLN A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship
Special issue on Transfer of Learning and the Writing Center. Vol 43, nos. 1-2 (Sept.- Oct. 2018)
“How Transfer of Learning Writing Helps Tutors of Academic Writing.” Journal of Academic Writing accepted and forthcoming as of July 2018.

“Establishing the Writing Center’s Educational Role in the Academy by Stressing Peer Tutor Development.” accepted and forthcoming (as of July 2018) Southern Discourse in the Center: A Journal of Multiliteracy and Innovations

“IPA as A Research Tool in the Writing Center.” WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship
accepted and forthcoming as of July 2018
"Writing Centers and the Grammar Revolution." ATEG Journal, vol. 26, no. 1, Summer 2017, pp. 36-38.
“Back to the Center: The Writing Lab at the College of Charleston.” Southern Discourse: A Journal of Multiliteracy and Innovation, vol. 21, no. 1, 2016, pp. 76-84. [profile of the Writing Lab]
"The Writing Center and Transfer of Learning: A Primer for Directors."  The Writing Center Journal 35.1 (2015): 117-151. (Nominated for the Outstanding Scholarship Award (2015) from the International Writing Center Association).
“Untapped Resource: Former Tutors Training Current Writing Center Tutors.”  The Writing Lab Newsletter 38.5-6 (2014): 11-13. Print.
“Humor in the Writing Center: Fostering Creativity through a Cartoon Caption Contest.”  Writing Lab Newsletter 38.9-10 (2014): 7-11. Print.
“Using Metagenre and Ecocomposition to Train Writing Center Tutors for Writing in the Disciplines.”  Praxis Writing Center Journal 11.2 (2014): 1-7. Web 15 Aug. 2014.
“Becoming a ‘Soul Twin’: Students’ Editing Other Students’ Draft.” TETYC accepted March 2014 forthcoming Sept. 2014.(acceptance rate  25%)
“Writing Center Training through Triangulation.”  Academic Exchange Quarterly [special issue on Writing Centers] 16.4 (Winter 2012): 48-52.
Dear Labby: Stressing Interpersonal Relationships in a Writing Center.” written with peer consultant Alison Barbiero Writing Lab Newsletter 36.5-6 (Jan- Feb. 2012): 11-13. Print.

 “A Recovered History of the South Carolina Writing Center Association: 1989-2000.” Palmetto State Writing Center Association submitted April 28, 2012. Web  1 March 2013. .

Bringing Grammar Back into the Writing Center.” Southern Discourse Publication of the Southeastern Writing Center Association 16.1 (2011): 11, 21-22.  Rpt. in Journal of ATEG [Assembly for the Teaching of Grammar]. 22.2 (Spring 2013): 28-31. Summer 2013. Print

International Presentation
"How the Theory of Transfer of Learning Helps Tutors of Academic Writing.” European Association of Teachers of Academic Writing (EATAW), Royal Holloway, University of London, June 18-21, 2017.