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Location and Date/Time

April 6, 2011 – Omni/CNN Center, Atlanta, GA


The all-day IWCA Collaborative @ CCCC is an independent, annual IWCA event and will not appear on the CCCC program. The Collaborative @ CCCC focuses on providing an interactive, informal, and invigorating day for all comers.

As of 2010, IWCA hosts an annual Collaborative @ CCCC and Fall IWCA conferences in even numbered years. The schedule reflects IWCA’s effort to respond to difficult financial circumstances, to reduce conflicts between spring IWCA conferences and CCCC, to strengthen writing center presence in conjunction with CCCC, and to encourage strong participation in regional conferences.

This year the event will take place from 8 am to 8 pm at the Omni/CNN Center.  Whether you present on the program or not, the day will be well worth the registration fee, which will include refreshments, lunch, and a reception.

Theme: Fair Trade: Importing and Exporting Writing Center Work

Writing center people have long recognized that our work offers endless opportunities for learning about the literacy practices of student writers, the dynamics of teaching and learning writing, the impact of curricular and institutional formations on students’ experiences and learning, and much more. At the same time, we have also long understood that while writing center scholarship productively draws on a rich and diverse body of theory and practice—from process theory and social constructionism to postcolonial theory and situated learning—few scholars, researchers, and teachers beyond writing center studies draw on our work to enrich their own. This trade imbalance, if you will, can both impoverish the disciplines that have much to learn from our work and lull writing center people into the false belief that we must always look beyond our own centers for fresh ideas and new theoretical lenses.

For the 2011 IWCA Collaborative @ CCCC, we invite writing center consultants, scholars, researchers, and administrators to explore how we might transform the “trade balance” between writing center studies and disciplines near and far. Our invitation does not presuppose that all imports to writing center work are unwelcome or unnecessary—in fact, recently, some writing center scholars have argued that we must broaden the scope of our research beyond the discipline even more intentionally. Likewise, our invitation does not endorse an evangelical zeal to convert others to writing centered ways of teaching and learning. Rather, our invitation requires that we look critically and creatively at what constitutes writing center work in order to develop more complex understandings of how our field produces knowledge and what we do with that knowledge. In doing so, we must necessarily confront the contested binary that we have created between writing center and non-writing center practice and consider how we might more clearly delineate, broaden, redefine, or blur the boundaries of our work.

The 2011 IWCA Writing Centers Collaborative @ CCCC invites you to explore the possibilities and pitfalls of importing, exporting, or defining writing center work. As you plan to attend and to develop a session for the Collaborative, please feel free to use the following questions as starting points:

  • How do we define and interpret the boundaries of writing center work? What are the consequences of those boundaries? How, why, and to what ends might we contest those boundaries?
  • What fields might we “import” from? How might these imports transform our work at all levels?
  • What of writing center studies might we “export”? What fields might writing center studies speak more effectively to and how?
  • How might such imports and exports inform our approaches to: tutor education, collaboration and collaborative learning, consulting practices, research and scholarship, administration, program and curricular design, and more?
  • What writing center orthodoxies and standard practices can and should we revision?
  • In what ways can we, as scholars, think critically and creatively about the trajectory and future of our field and its discourses? Where are we headed and how are we getting there?

Program Format

For this year’s IWCA Collaborative @ CCCC,  we plan to “import” a growing trend in regional writing center association conferences inspired by the “unconference” model in other fields and industries. While more traditional formats, such as roundtable sessions, are available, traditional conference papers and panel presentations will not be included. Instead, proposals that explore new modes of collaborating and making meaning will be given priority in the review and selection process.

The 2011 IWCA Writing Centers Collaborative @ CCCC will consist of a variety of sessions, such as:

  • Fishbowl Conversation: A facilitated large-group discussion initiated by featured participants who rotate off the panel to allow for other attendees to join in and contribute. (1.5 hours)
  • Round Robin Discussion: A series of facilitated small-group conversations on a particular theme or topic led by featured participants who begin and wrap-up the session. Facilitators will introduce a topic or theme (e.g., responding creatively to fiscal crises) and organize participants into smaller break-out groups to continue the conversation. In the spirit of “round robin” tournaments, participants will change groups after 20-30 minutes to extend and expand their conversations. After at least two rounds of conversation, facilitators will reconvene the full group for a concluding discussion. (1.5 hours)
  • Roundtable Session: Discussion of a specific issue related to writing center praxis, including short presentations by/conversations between 2-4 presenters and active and substantive engagement/collaboration with attendees. (1.5 hours)
  • Research Network Forum @ The IWCA Collaborative: Facilitated small-group workshops in which participants present in-progress research or assessment projects and receive feedback from colleagues in attendance. Each participant will have 5 minutes to present his/her project and 25 minutes to receive feedback and discuss it. (2.5 hours)
  • Other new and engaging models! Have a format in mind that we haven’t included? Propose it (and be sure to include a description and rationale)!

Preliminary Schedule

8 – 9: Coffee & tea; sign-in

9 – 9:20: Opening/Welcome

9:30 – 11:00: Session A

A.1 “Shifting the Boundaries: Importing and Exporting Writing Center Practices Between the University and the Community”
Elisabeth Miller, Rachel Carrales, David Hudson, Antonia Massa-MacLeod, Ann Wheeler, and Stephanie White; Roundtable/Pine/Table A

A.2 “Exporting Writing Center Best Practices/Importing Best Technologies: Improving Student Engagement in Online Conferencing Environments”
Barb Lutz, Lauren Hornberger, and David Taylor; Roundtable/Pine/Table C

A.3 “Fair Trade—Importing and Exporting Organizational Work Across Regional Lines: Regional Leaders Network, Part II”
Kevin Dvorak, Shareen Grogan, and Roberta Kjesrud; Workshop/Break out room 1

A.4 “Centering the Writing Center: Drafting the Process”
Karen Nulton and Rebecca Ingalls; Workshop/Break out room 2

A.5 “The Face of Ability: Initiating Fair Trade between Writing Center Scholarship and Disability Studies”
Kristen Garrison and Geneva Canino; Round Robin/Break out room 3

11:00-11:15: Break

11:15-12:45: Session B

B.1 “Open Education Resources and the Writing Center”
Charles Lowe, Terra Williams, and Elizabeth D. Woodworth; Roundtable/Pine/Table A

B.2 “Trading Assessment for Evaluation—Writing Center Certification and Accreditation and What It All Means”
Frances Crawford Fennessy and Diane Dowdey; Roundtable/Pine/Table B

B.3 “Everyday Activism: Conversations on Writing Center Practices”
Angela Clark-Oates, Andrea Lewis, Kim Toms, and Edie Buchanan; Fishbowl/Break out room 1

B.4 “Reading Our Research: Becoming Critical Consumers of Writing Center Work”
Steve Price, Harry Denny, and Kerri Jordan; Roundtable/Break out room 2

B.5 “Facilitating the International Flow of Ideas: Exporting New Writing Center Practices for Supporting English Language Learners”
Jennifer Halpin, Jessica Jungwirth, Garrett Strain, Camille Dodson, and Karl Eckhardt;
Round Robin/Break out room 3

12:45 – 2:15: Buffet Lunch & UnKeynote Session

2:15 – 3:45: Session C

C.1 “(Little) Five Points: Navigating the Boundaries of Graduate Student Administrative Experience”
Beth Burmester, Andrew Davis, Jennifer Forsthoefel, Oriana Gatta, Juliette Kitchens, and Alice Myat; Roundtable/Pine/Table A

C.2 “FaceTime: The Impact of Social Media on Writing Centers”
Paula Harrington, Nicole Ziemlak, Coline Delaporte, Adan Hussain, Jessica Acosta, and Samah Mahmood; Roundtable/Pine/Table B

C.3 “Cultural Rapport: Negotiating International Students’ Identities”
Joseph J. Spencer, Cindy Ruthford, and Gin Brewer; Roundtable/Break out room 1/Table A

C.4 “The Role of Editing in Writing Center Work”
Stephen Kuntz and Jared Featherstone; Roundtable/Break out room 1/Table B

C.5 “The Hinterlands of Writing Center Work”
Lisa Zimmerelli, Cynthia A. Cochran, Lane Anderson, Andrea Rosso Efthymiou, Charlotte Brammer, Erec Smith, LeAnn R. Nash, Harry Denny, Mitch Nakaue, Clay Chiarelott; Fishbowl/Break out room 2

C.6 Research Network Forum
Break out room 3 (Please note that this session will run from 2:15 – 5:30pm)

“Assessment Study of a Writing Fellows Program within the Writing Center,” Judy Artzt and Jessyka Scoppetta
“Importing New Modes of Assessment: Adopting Rigorous Evaluations to Determine Effects of Writing Center Consultations,” Karen Johnson
“The Use of Verbal Approach Techniques and their Correlation to Learning in Writing Center Tutorials,” Kathryn Raign and Kristinna Carlson
“Training Peer-Tutors: Assessing Impacts on Student Writing, Language Acquisition and Metacognitive Reflection,” Sheena Wilson and Eva Lemaire
“In Directing Speech: Constructing Stance in Writing Center Interactions,” Jaclyn Vasquez, Courtney Scarborough, Bridgette Callahan, and Elisa Johnson

3:45 – 4:00: Break

4:00 – 5:30: Session D

D.1 “Exporting Writing Center Work to Other Spaces: Solving a Trade Imbalance”
Rachel Greil, Imani Marshall, Jared Miller, and Mary Lou Odom; Roundtable/Pine/Table A

D.2 “Teaching Writing Consultants to Listen Beyond Themselves: Importing Dialogue Theory”
Nicole Munday and Sherita Roundtree; Roundtable/Pine/Table B

D.3 “Developing a Writing Center Strategic Plan: Importing and Exporting in the (Fair) Trade of Resources”
Megan, Schoen, Tammy Conard-Salvo, Laurie Pinkert, Cristyn Elder, and Elizabeth L. Angeli;
Workstations/Break out room 1

D.4 “Writing Center Practice Redefined: How a Writing Center of an American Institution in the Middle East is Constructing Academic Writing Orthodoxies”
Hanouf Aljuhail; Roundtable/Break out room 2/Table A

D.5 “Before Us: The WPA as Writing Center Director as WPA”
Joe Janangelo and Michele Eodice; Roundtable/Break out room 2/Table B

D.6 Research Network Forum
Break out room 3, Continued from previous session

5:30 – 7:00: Reception


[The proposal process is closed. This information is retained for archival purposes.]

This year’s chairs, Laura Greenfield (Mount Holyoke College) and Karen Rowan (California State University-San Bernardino), and a committee of reviewers will select proposals based on their relevance to the theme, their contribution to writing center work, and their articulated plan for participation and collaboration with attendees. This is a competitive process; not all proposals will be accepted. Submissions should be no longer than 500 words, and they should include:

  1. Contact presenter information: Please include name, title, institutional affiliation, phone number, and email address. List names/affiliations for all other presenters.
  2. Description of session (proposal): Please include a) title; b) a description of the session topic, its importance and anticipated appeal to participants; and c) each presenter’s anticipated contribution. For works-in-progress proposals, please describe the nature of the project, methodologies used, anticipated stage of completion by April 2011, and types of feedback desired.
  3. Format of session and rationale (fishbowl, round robin discussion, roundtable, works-in-progress, etc.): Please include a brief rationale describing why the selected session format both best suits the topic and facilitates attendees’ engagement. Please note: no proposals for traditional presentation formats will be accepted.
  4. Audio/visual needs: If your session relies on audio/visual elements, please provide a rationale. We will have very limited audio/visual capabilities and thus will only be able to accommodate a select number of AV requests.

As you prepare your proposals, we encourage you to contact either or both of the chairs with any questions or concerns you may have about session topics or formats.

Email proposals (WORD DOC) to both chairs by Friday, November 12 Wednesday, November 24 (deadline has been extended). Chair emails are and Proposers will be informed of their program status by mid-December. We look forward to joining you for a terrific day in Atlanta.