Bonnie Devet

Director of the Writing Lab

Address: Porter's Lodge, Room 203
Phone: 843.953.5772

Bonnie Devet teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in composition. While Dr. Devet has directed the Writing Lab, it has been honored nationally and regionally. The International Writing Center Association has awarded Dr. Devet its Outstanding Scholarship Award (article), while the Southeastern Writing Center Association has bestowed on the Lab the Outstanding Peer Tutor Award and its Achievement Award for Distinguished Reseach. Also, the Writing Lab is only one of ten writing labs certified by the Southeastern Writing Center Association.


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


“Establishing the writing Center's Educational Role in the Academy by Stressing Peer Tutor Development” SDC: A Journal of Multiliteracy and Innovation, July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2019, pp. 28-45.

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 Tutors of Academic Writing Can Use the Theory of Transfer of Learning.” Journal of Academic Writing, vol. 8, no. 2, 2018, pp. 191-201.  Http://

 “Establishing the Writing Center’s Educational Role in the Academy by Stressing Peer Tutor Development.”  SDC: A Journal of Multiliteracy and Innovation, vol. 23, no. 1, 2019 (Spring), pp. 28-46.

“IPA as A Research Tool in the Writing Center.” WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship, vol. 43, no. 5-6 (Jan-Feb 2019), pp. 10-16.

 "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, vol. 35, no.1 (2015), pp. 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, vol.  38, no. 5-6, 2014, pp. 11-13.

“Humor in the Writing Center: Fostering Creativity through a Cartoon Caption Contest.”  Writing Lab Newsletter, vol. 38, no .9-10, 2014, pp. 7-11.

 “Using Metagenre and Ecocomposition to Train Writing Center Tutors for Writing in the Disciplines.”  Praxis Writing Center Journal, vol. 11, no. 2, 2014, pp. 1-7. 

“Becoming a ‘Soul Twin’: Students’ Editing Other Students’ Draft.” TETYC, vol. 42, no.1, 2014, pp. 77-82.

 “Writing Center Training through Triangulation.”  Academic Exchange Quarterly [special issue on Writing Centers], vol. 16, no. 4, 2012, pp. 48-52.

 “Dear Labby: Stressing Interpersonal Relationships in a Writing Center.” written with peer consultant Alison Barbiero. Writing Lab Newsletter, vol. 36, no. 5-6, 2012, pp. 11-13.

 “A Recovered History of the South Carolina Writing Center Association: 1989-2000.” Palmetto State Writing Center Association. 1 March 2013.

 Bringing Grammar Back into the Writing Center.” Southern Discourse Publication of the Southeastern Writing Center Association, vol. 16, no.1, 2011, pp. 11, 21-22.  Rpt. in Journal of ATEG [Assembly for the Teaching of Grammar], vol. 22, no. 2, 2013, 2013, pp. 28-31.


International Presentations

"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.

 “Using Ecocomposition to Challenge Commonplaces about Writing in the Disciplines.” Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing,” Ottawa, Canada, 30 May 2015.

 “What Teachers of Academic Writing Can Learn from the Writing Center.” EATAW (European Association of Teachers of Writing), Coventry, England, United Kingdom, July 2009.

 “The Writing Center and Ecocomposition.”  Presented at the EWCA (European Writing Centers Association Conference), Paris, France, May 25-28, 2010.

 Invited Presentation: “Transfer of Learning and the Writing Lab.” University of Sydney, Australia, May 2018.