The first Writing Center Conference in China will take place from 9-11 of June 2017 and will be hosted by Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University*.

While writing centers are well-established throughout North America, they have become prominent fixtures in other countries where English is taught as a second language, further enriching opportunities for exchange of ideas and practices. This conference seeks to investigate how writing center theory promotes change and embraces the “new” with the hope of better meeting the ever growing diversification and transnationalization of education.

Faculty, tutors, practioners, and anyone interested in writing centers are encouraged to submit proposals that focus on the theme of New Beginnings as we consider the “new” approaches to writing center work done here (China) and throughout the globe. As an international conference, this is an opportunity to share and learn from writing center professionals from all over the world. In our local context (China), we benefit from hearing about the innovative practices and research already taking place in the Western context. On the other hand, we can share our experience and perspective of teaching in an EFL context, which is an open field.

Download the Call for Proposals, detailing possible topics and presentation formats. Note that we have extended the deadline for submissions to 24 February 2017. Applicants will receive a response on 5 March 2017.

If you have any questions or would like more information, don’t hesitate to contact Jessie.cannady@xjtlu.edu.cn

*Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is a Sino-British University located in Suzhou, China. Suzhou is a 30-minute bullet train ride away from Shanghai.