Contact Information and Submissions

IWCA President

Kevin Dvorak, President, IWCA
Writing Center, Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Avenue
Fort Lauderdale-Davie, FL 33314-7796


Christopher Ervin
Director of Composition
1906 College Heights Blvd #11086
Western Kentucky University
Cherry Hall 100
270-745-4650 /

IWCA Update Editor

Alanna Bitzel
Academic Counselor, Reading and Writing Programs
Intercollegiate Athletics
The University of Texas
512-471-7036 /

Want to submit material to the IWCA Update? Please complete the following form:

Guidelines for News Items and other Announcements

  • News items and announcements of interest to the writing center community should be submitted (e-mailed) complete, as you would like them to read. If your item contains graphics or special formatting, please indicate that to the editor in your e-mail.
  • News items should contain complete information and provide readers with all necessary context.
  • Position announcements should contain applicable deadlines and an expiration date so that they can be easily archived after deadlines have passed. (Position announcements are not published in IWCA Update, only on ).
  • Photos should identify persons in the photo and should have a caption.

Guidelines for Essays, Book Reviews, Letters to the Editor, etc. welcomes submissions of original scholarly essays, book reviews and review essays, opinion pieces, letters to the editor, and conference reflections (regional conferences, the IWCA Collaborative, writing center-related sessions at CCCC or other national conferences, the IWCA conference, or the Summer Institute). IWCA encourages submissions that focus on issues of particular relevance to the organization or its regional affiliates. Submissions of scholarly essays, original papers/presentations, book reviews, review essays, and other similar original scholarship will be considered for the website’s Featured Reading section; reflections on conferences will be considered for IWCA Conference Notes, an annual e-publication that provides IWCA members an overview of the many regional and national conferences from the previous year.

Letters to the editor and opinion pieces range from 500-1500 words. Conference reflections, book reviews, and review essays should be no more than 2000 words. Scholarly essays up to 10,000 words are accepted, though essays in the 3000-5000 word range are more suitable. Research posters in PDF or PPT format, along with critical commentary, are accepted as well.

Most submissions are accepted year-round, but reflections on the past year’s conferences for IWCA Conference Notes should be submitted no later than April 30 of each year. All submissions can be e-mailed to . Please use the subject line “ Submission.”

Authors must follow the 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual .

All manuscripts of scholarly essays should have all names and other identifying information removed. As of August 2015, manuscripts submitted to do not undergo blind peer review; however, the editor is currently working with the IWCA Executive Committee to transition “Featured Readings” on to a peer reviewed web publication. During this transition, authors who submit manuscripts of scholarly essays in the Fall 2015 semester and later should expect to undergo a peer review and revision process much like they would for print journals such as Writing Center Journal, Writing Lab Newsletter, and Praxis: A Writing Center Journal.

Questions about submissions to can be e-mailed to .