Chicagoland Organization of Writing, Literacy, and Learning Centers (COWLLC)

The Chicagoland Organization of Writing, Literacy, and Learning Centers (COWLLC) is proud to announce its 2011 Tutor Conference!

Conference Overview

NOTE: We are extending our deadline for proposals for the March 4th Tutor Conference! Please have proposals submitted by January 10, 2011. We hope that will give you enough time to work with your tutors. Remember that we want our conference to have a wide array of sessions and learning opportunities. Submit here:

The 2011 Tutor Conference will be an opportunity for tutors to come together to share with each other their best practices, team building exercises, and experiences.

The conference is also designed for college and university tutors to come share what it is like to be a tutor in the post-secondary context and to recruit high school tutors to their institutions. It will be a day of sharing and learning.

The Call for Tutor Presentations

Our theme for this conference is Coming Together: Unlocking Our Potential as Tutors.

As we have all come to learn, in order to become better peer tutors, we need to practice our tutoring as often as we can. We have also learned that in order to create a center that thrives, we need to create a team of tutors who makes our spaces inviting and exciting.

For high school tutors, this conference gives you the opportunity to collaborate with your peers who tutor in many different settings. You will get to share what you have learned as a peer tutor and to learn from your peers about their experiences with tutoring and team building.

For college and university tutors, this will be a unique opportunity for you to encourage young people to continue to be educational advocates and to promote your institutions of higher learning.

Click here to learn more about COWLLC and the Tutor Conference and to submit a proposal! <>

We look forward to your submission!

East Central

March 3-5, 2011

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

Conference Chair
Kim Ballard

Proposal Deadline
December 13, 2010; Acceptance Notification by Jan 10, 2011

Keynote Panel
Brian Huot, Kent State University
William Macauley, The College of Wooster
Ellen Schendel, Grand Valley State University
Michael M. Williamson, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Centering Assessment: Roles, Relationships, Respect, Resistance


Additional Information about the conference: This conference is the first writing centers conference focused on writing center assessment.  We will have a distinguished panel of current and former writing center directors who are also writing assessment and/or writing center assessment scholars. They include

Brian Huot, who is currently a Professor of English and Writing Program Coordinator at Kent State University. A former Director of the Writing Center at the University of Louisville, Brian is the author of the Guide to College Writing Assessment (with Peggy O’Neill and Cindy Moore), Assessing Writing: A Critical Sourcebook (edited with Peggy O’Neil), and (Re) Articulating Writing Assessment for Teaching and Learning among other books.  He is a contributing scholar to the literature on the teaching and assessing of writing and has served as consultant for various institutions. He is currently a member of the NCTE Consulting Network.

William “Bill” Macauley is an Associate Professor and the Director of Writing at the College of Wooster.  He has also served as Associate Professor and Writing Center Director at Purdue University Calumet and at Mount Union College.  Dr. Macauley and Nicholas Mauriello are co-editors of Marginal Words, Marginal Work? Tutoring the Academy in the Work of Writing Centers, which won the International Writing Centers Association Scholarship Award for Best Book in 2007. Bill serves on the Executive Board of the International Writing Centers Association and is a founding member of the Northeast Ohio Writing Centers Association.

Ellen Schendel is an Associate Professor of Writing and Director of the Fred Meijer Center for Writing and Michigan Authors at Grand Valley State University.  She has authored publications in the field of writing assessment, and she served as the Assistant Director of the Composition Program at the University of Louisville from 1999-2000.  Ellen has been on the ECWCA Executive Board and on the International Writing Centers Association Executive Board as a regional representative. She currently serves on the editorial board of WPA: Writing Program Administration.

Michael Williamson is a Professor of English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.   His contributions to the writing instruction and assessment fields include Validating Holistic Scoring for Writing Assessment: Theoretical and Empirical Foundations (co-edited with Brian Huot) and Writing across the curriculum: Bibliographies and indexes in education (with Chris Anson and John Schwiebert).  He also co-chaired, with Lee Masiello, the 1988 East Central Writing Centers Association conference, “Collaborative Pathways.”

European Assoc. for the Teaching of Academic Writing (EATAW)

Wednesday 29th June – Friday 1st July 2011

University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Hosted by the Regional Writing Centre in conjunction with the Centre for Teaching and Learning, UL

Conference Organisers
Íde O’Sullivan and Lawrence Cleary
Regional Writing Centre, University of Limerick

Proposal Deadline
January 10, 2011

Keynote Speakers
Prof. Peter Elbow, Professor of English Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Dr. Katrin Girgensohn, Writing Center Director, Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)
Prof. Sarah Moore, Associate Vice President Academic, University of Limerick

The Role of the Student Experience in Shaping Academic Writing Development in Higher Education


About EATAW and the Conference
EATAW is a scholarly forum which seeks to bring together those involved or interested in the teaching, tutoring, research, administration and development of academic writing in higher education in Europe.

The 2011 EATAW conference invites all those interested in academic writing development in higher education to contribute to the discussion on enhancing the quality of the student experience through writing. Enhancing the student experience is central to the vision and mission of most higher-education institutions in Europe and beyond. How both undergraduate and postgraduate students experience academic writing has a major impact on the students’ participation in academic and disciplinary environments and on the development of their identity. Writing programmes and initiatives that actively engage students in the practices of their academic communities can enhance the quality of the student learning experience.

Contributions addressing writing developments which attempt to respond to the student experience will be welcome. The conference will be a place to reflect on practices that aim to enhance the learning experience of both undergraduate and postgraduate student writers across and within the disciplines (for example, WAC/WID initiatives). Such reflections may also extend to programmes which aim to enhance staff/academics’ writing development.


Saturday, April 16, 2011

West Chester University, West Chester, PA

Conference Chair
Margaret Ervin

Proposal Deadline
January 17, 2011

Keynote Speaker

The Writing Center and the Campus Context

Call for Proposals
The conference theme “The Writing Center and the Campus Context” is intended to elicit conversation about the ways writing centers affect and are affected by their institutional context. We wish to serve the MAWCA membership by enabling conference attendees to share vision and language that will be helpful and practical in arguing for the vital importance of writing centers to the multiple institutions we serve. While the following list embraces a wide range of topics and ongoing scholarly interests, preference will be given to proposals that explicitly address the conference theme.

* Students’ Needs and Expectations
* Institutional Recruitment and Retention Efforts
* Fiscal Constraints
* Institutional Mandates for Outcomes Assessment
* Relationships with English Departments or Writing/Composition Programs
* Developmental Tutoring
* The Context of Campus Leadership

Session formats include:
* Presentations of 20-40 minutes
* Roundtable or panel discussion sessions of 10 minutes per presenter
* Workshops of 40 minutes (with audience participation)
* Poster Sessions

Proposals should be submitted electronically to, and should include the following:
1. Presentation Title
2. Session Format
3. Name(s) of presenter(s)
4. Contact information
5. Institutional affiliation
6. 50-word description (for inclusion in conference program)
7. 250-word abstract referencing relevance to conference theme
8. If submitting a full panel (3 presenters) include 50-word panel discription.

Questions, comments, or concerns should be directed to Dr. Margaret Ervin, Conference Chair, at


Middle East-North Africa

Second bi-annual MENAWCA Conference will be held at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) on Feb 17 and 18th, 2011. CFP at Submission deadline is November 1, 2010.



October 20-22, 2011

The Pyle Conference Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Conference Chairs
Angela Woodward, Edgewood College
Sarah Johnson, Madison College
Emily Hall, Terry Maggio, Melissa Tedrowe, Nancy Linh Karls, and Brad Hughes, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Proposal Deadline
Friday, March 11, 2011

Extended to March 25, 2011

Keynote Speaker
Professor Eric Darnell Pritchard, Department of Rhetoric and Writing, University of Texas at Austin

On the Isthmus

Proposal Submission
Proposals, which include a 50-word abstract and a 500-word narrative description, will undergo blind review. Proposals should be submitted using the “proposal submission” feature at . Proposals should be as specific as possible about the role of the presenters, the participation of others in attendance, and the contribution the session makes to writing center studies. The conference website (coming soon) includes annotated samples of successful proposals from previous MWCA conferences.

Questions about the call for proposals may be directed to Katie Levin, Chair of the Executive Board of MWCA and Assistant Director of the Center for Writing at the University of Minnesota,, 612.624.7720.

Download the full CFP here.


Saturday, March 12th and Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Southern New Hampshire University, Hooksett, NH

Conference Chair
Kerry Rourke

Proposal Deadline
December 1, 2010

Keynote Speaker
Harry Denny, St. John’s University, NYC

The Writing Center as Community Garden

Call for Proposals
Like a community garden, much of the work done in the writing center involves similar shared acts of preparing, planting, cultivating and harvesting. Writing centers and community gardens are sites where diverse groups of people devoted to a common cause work together.  They create life, through physical effort, education, sharing, volunteerism, and continuous efforts to improve their own processes and products. The theme of this year’s conference, The Writing Center as Community Garden, provides us with new ways to look at our work through this metaphor and framework.

We enthusiastically call for tutors, administrators and students of writing centers to explore the metaphor of the community garden and its connection to writing centers, including the seeds we plant; the growth we nurture; the pests we control; the benefits we reap; and the transformations we see. We invite proposals for workshops, roundtable discussions and panel presentations.

To view the full CFP, visit our new website,

Submit your proposal by December 1, 2010, electronically to the chair of the NEWCA Proposal Reading Committee, Kathryn Nielsen-Dube, at

For other questions related to the conference, email the NEWCA chair, Kerry Rourke, at

Northeast Ohio Writing Centers Association

Updating ur Status: The 21st Century Writing Center

Saturday, October 16, 2010
9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Stark State College of Technology

Call for Proposals
Every Writing Center is a community unique to the populations we serve. However, one thing we have in common is technology. We email, IM, facebook, and tweet. We develop PowerPoints, webpages, and podcasts. Not only are Writing Centers jumping onto the technology bandwagon, but students are as well. They’re creating videos, visual arguments, and multimodal compositions, and they’re bringing them to the Writing Center. Because technology is becoming a more centralized aspect of what we do, it’s important to take a step back and assess the implication of its integration as well as share, explore, and develop new ways to take advantage of this ever-growing element of our work. This year’s NEOWCA conference will provide the opportunity to do just that – share, explore, and develop new ways to update our status and redefine who we are as tutors, Writing Centers, and advocates of literacy.

We invite proposals that focus on how you and your colleagues work with technology and how this work impacts tutors, students, and/or faculty. We will accept proposals for: 15-minute individual presentations 45-minute panels or roundtables 90-minute workshops.

These sessions should be interactive and invite participation from the audience. Please refrain from reading whole papers during your presentation. Feel free to consider the following topics: etutoring, synchronous and asynchronous Social networking – Twitter, Facebook, My Space, Second Life, etc. Technology and literacy Multimodalities in the Writing Center Digital natives and digital immigrants Training Social, virtual, and professional persona Outreach.

The deadline for proposals is midnight, September 12, 2010. Please send your proposal with the subject line “NEOWCA Proposal,” and include the text of your proposal in the body of your email in addition to including it as a Word or Rich Text format attachment. Anyone proposing or participating in a potential session must register for the conference.

Proposals and/or questions should be sent to:

Leah Schell-Barber, Writing Center Coordinator

Stark State College of Technology

(330) 494-6170-4863

Rocky Mountain

April 1-2, 2011

Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT

Conference Chair
Chris LeCluyse

Proposal Deadline
January 14, 2011

Plenary Address by
Tiffany Rousculp, “Growing Out of the Writing Center”

Writing Centers Come of Age

Call for papers available on the conference website at

South Central

February 17-19, 2011

The University of Houston-Clear Lake & South Shore Harbor Resort, Houston, TX 77058

Conference Chair
Chloé Diepenbrock, Writing Center Director, University of Houston-Clear Lake,

Proposal Deadline
October 01, 2010. Please use online proposal form at

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Lisa Ede, Oregon State University

Connect and Reflect

Call for Proposals
In keeping with the conference theme of Connect & Reflect, we invite proposals that consider and explore the connections we make as writing center professionals.  How do we join old things in new ways, making connections between theories, practices, programs, facilities, and colleagues?  How do we use reflection to revise these connections, purposefully rethinking what we do and how we do it?

Proposal form and registration information can be found at


February 17-19, 2011

The University of Alabama <>
Tuscaloosa, AL

Luke Niiler <> , Director of the University Writing Center, The University of Alabama

Proposal Deadline
October 15, 2010
Email to Luke Niiler  <>

Keynote Speaker
Elisabeth Piedmont-Marton
Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX

Turning the Tide

CFP: After four decades of the “modern” Writing Center, we are awash in tides of tired thinking, ways of seeing and being that we need to move beyond so that we can move forward. For example, we often claim to understand Writing Center work as “local”; we privilege “the writer, not the writing”; we view outreach as vital; we see connections between tutoring and teaching; we struggle with how to teach sentence-level topics. While these ideas do contain some valuable truths, they are also shopworn. SWCA 2011, then, is an opportunity to turn this tide, an invitation to think anew about what we do. The conference program will feature select, high-quality presentations that interrogate current conceptions of Writing Center work and extend our theory and practice in fresh, provocative, and compelling ways.

We invite proposals for 15-20 minute individual presentations, 45-minute panels or round tables (3-4 people), and 90-minute workshops (3-4 people). All proposals will be reviewed for relevance and quality; submission will not guarantee acceptance. If a submission is rejected, we will work with potential presenters to revise for resubmission.

Sample topics, proposal form and registration information can be found at

Southern California

February 26th, 2011

Riverside City College, Riverside, CA

Conference Coordinator
Denise Kruizenga-Muro

Proposal Deadline
November 30th, 2010

The Lay of The Land: Surveying Writing Center Geography

Call for Proposals
A unique feature of California is its diverse natural geography (oceans, lakes, rivers, deserts, mountains, glaciers, grasslands, volcanoes, beaches, swamps, forests). Environmental geography is a growing interdisciplinary field that combines geography with the social sciences. More specifically, it investigates relationships between physical geography (the natural environment) and human geography (how space is created, examined, and managed by humans and/or how humans influence the space(s) they occupy). Writing centers embody a dynamic, rich, diverse environment within their institutions. We ask participants to consider the geography of writing centers, provoking both literal and metaphorical questions about the relationships between writing center spaces (physical, institutional, ideological, theoretical) and the people within (and outside of) them.

Proposals must include:

  • Title
  • Topic/Question you would like to explore/Goal for your session
  • How you will generate discussion in your session
  • 250 words
  • Because this is a workshop, please present anything you would like other participants to see in the form of a handout you will provide. Please bring 40 copies to share.

Registration fees: $20 per student, $25 per director, payable to SoCal WCA

Mail to:
Corrine Hinton
Learning Enhancement Center
University of La Verne
1950 Third Street
La Verne, CA 91750

For information on how to submit proposals, please visit For other questions, please contact the Conference Coordinator, Denise Kruizenga-Muro, at

Northern California

April 2, 2011


UC Berkley Student Learning Center

Conference Coordinator
Sheryl Cavales Doolan

About the Conference
The 2011 NCWCA Salon
A Regional Meeting of Writing Center Administration

Come meet other Northern California writing center directors and coordinators at this half-day meeting where we will talk about common problems, share successes, and collaborate to find innovative solutions to the challenges we face with the State budget. Following the un-conference model, the Salon will feature break-out discussions on topics such as:

  • Morale boosters – staying positive during hard times
  • Dealing with budget cuts
  • Writing center assessments
  • Tutor training ideas
  • Collaborating with other campus departments

Registration fees: $25, payable to NCWCA
Sorry, but we are unable to accept credit cards or purchase orders.

Complete Registration form, enclosed with a check payable to NCWCA, and  Mail to:

Sheryl Cavales Doolan, English Department
Santa Rosa Junior College
1501 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401


Pacific Northwest



Writing Center Symposium in Japan in March 2011.

We are now announcing the Call for Proposals, in English or Japanese, for the 3rd Japan Writing Center Symposium, which will be held on March 9, 2011 at Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages in Tokyo. There are two main themes. ‘Nuts & Bolts’ will look at the practical side of setting up and running a successful writing center, while ‘Issues & Ideas’ will look at some of the academic issues that concern writing centers. Proposals for workshops (60 minutes), research papers (25 minutes) and Poster Sessions should be sent by February 1 to Herman Bartelen at

東京の神田外語学院にて2011年3月9日に開かれる第三回ライティングセンターシンポジュームに向けての英語あるいは日本語の提案書を現在募集しております。 テーマは2つあり、「Nut & Bolts」は成功するライティングセンターの構築と運営の実務的側面を考察します。 「Issues & Ideas」はライティングセンターに関するいくつかの学問的問題について考察します。 ワークショップ(60分)、研究報告(25分)、そしてポスターセッションの提案書は2月1日までにE-メールにてHerman Bartelen 宛へ お送り下さいます様お願い申し上げます。