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IWCA 2015 Conference: Writing Center (r)Evolutions

Jul 20th, 2015 | By | Category: Conferences & Institutes, Featured Reading

We invite you to consider writing center (r)evolutions: the ways in which we create our writing center pedagogies, practices, spaces, and programs through artistic and technological innovations. We will meet in Pittsburgh, PA, the Steel City, at the Wyndham Hotel to explore writing center (r)evolutions and the ways that these (r)evolutions move writing center conversations […]



“Inquiry Groups as Tutor Education: Writing from Below” by Rebecca Lorimer Leonard

Jun 18th, 2015 | By | Category: Featured Reading

Reposted with permission from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center’s blog. Read the full blog post at http://writing.wisc.edu/blog/?p=5409 . In late November, CNN aired Ivory Tower, a feature-length documentary that asks if college is “worth it” given the rising costs of higher education in the U.S. The film, which premiered at Sundance, is an accounting […]



Secondary Writing Centers Position Statement Passes

Apr 27th, 2015 | By | Category: Featured Reading

At the its Executive Board meeting on Wednesday, April 22, the IWCA adopted a new position statement on secondary writing centers. The statement is now available to guide new and existing secondary school writing centers with regard to core beliefs, outcomes, and implementation plans. Committee members who drafted and revised the statement are Amber Jensen, […]



WCJ Live!

Apr 22nd, 2015 | By | Category: Featured Reading

  WCJ Live gives our readers a chance to hear from and interact with recent authors. Sessions last around an hour and are hosted via Zoom. To login, go to https://zoom.us/j/9223772205 For links to the articles,visit www.writingcenterjournal.org. (Click on “WCJ Live!” at the top of the rotating banner.)



Adapting the High School Writing Center Model for Virtual Education, by Cassandra Brownlow

Apr 20th, 2015 | By | Category: Featured Reading

Currently my high school writing center tutors are delivering asynchronous sessions, offering three hours a day of live face-to-face dialogue, and committed to the discussion that is writing. To admit that my tutors are high school students, grades nine through twelve, should not surprise you in that we’ve all seen a movement pushing for writing […]



“The International Writing Centers Association at 30: Community, Advocacy, and Professionalism” by Joyce Kinkead, Muriel Harris, Jeanne Simpson, Pamela Farrell Childers, Lady Falls Brown, and Jeanette Harris

Feb 11th, 2015 | By | Category: Featured Reading

Abstract: At the 2014 IWCA/NCPTW Conference, founders of the National Writing Centers Association (now International Writing Centers Association) came together to reflect on the organization’s beginnings, its strategies for institutionalization, and challenges that may still exist. A significant anniversary such as the 30th provides the opportunity for reflection. Additionally, a timeline of the organization’s history […]



Writing Center Research: Accessing the Conversation, by Rebecca Babcock and Terese Thonus

Nov 21st, 2014 | By | Category: Featured Reading

Introduction Writing center tutors and administrators spend a great deal of time thinking about research and writing while supporting students in becoming better academic writers. However, many have not yet joined the writing center research conversation. In an effort to open access to writing center research, we investigate seven questions or concerns we have heard […]



2014 Election Results: IWCA Executive Board

Nov 3rd, 2014 | By | Category: Featured Reading

The IWCA Board wants to take a moment and congratulate the following people on being elected to the IWCA Board for the 2014-2016 term:   At-Large Representatives Trixie Smith Lauri Dietz Andrew Jeter Julia Bleakney Julie Platt Patricia Stephens Lindsay Sabatino Graduate Student Representative Rebecca Hallman Secondary School Representative Amber Jensen Community College Representative Megan […]



Readings for Racial Justice: A Project of the IWCA SIG on Antiracism Activism

Oct 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Featured Reading

An Annotated Bibliography, by Beth Godbee, Bobbi Olson, and the SIG Collective In 2013, with the publication “‘Rainbows in the Past Were Gay’: LGBTQIA in the WC” in Praxis, Andrew J. Rihn and Jay D. Sloan worked to “bring our failure to address sexual identity into the light, where we can all acknowledge and examine […]



Creativity, Play, and Work in the Writing Center: Elizabeth Boquet Set to Deliver IWCA/NCPTW 2014 Conference Keynote Address

Sep 2nd, 2014 | By | Category: Featured Reading

By Janel Atlas, University of Delaware “We don’t need, and we shouldn’t want, one idea of a writing center,” says Elizabeth Boquet, author of Noise from the Writing Center (2002) and co-author of Everyday Writing Center (2007). At this time, writing centers increasingly function within multiple communities—on-campus, local, regional, national, international, virtual, textual. In her […]



New IWCA Members Site Launches!

May 20th, 2014 | By | Category: Featured Reading

After several months of hard work, the IWCA Web Committee and Executive Board are pleased to announce the launch of the new iwcamembers.org. New and current members may now access their accounts from the new members system, which will prove to be much more stable and reliable than the previous members site. Take the new […]



IWCA-NCPTW Conference Proposals Due April 15!

Mar 12th, 2014 | By | Category: Featured Reading

The 2014 IWCA-NCPTW joint conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will take place October 30-November 1, 2014. Tutors and professionals are invited to submit proposals for the conference. More at the conference website: http://iwcancptw2014.com/. Deadline for proposals: April 15, 2014.



Lou Kelly, 94, has passed

Feb 20th, 2014 | By | Category: Featured Reading

by Doug Hesse, University of Denver Lou (Louise B.) Kelly was the director of what used to be called the Writing Lab at The University of Iowa, from the 1960’s through the 1980’s.  A couple generations of us had the great opportunity to work with her, learning about student centered pedagogies, which she encapsulated in […]



The Breakroom : A Collaborative Webseries by DePaul’s University Center for Writing Based Learning

Jan 17th, 2014 | By | Category: Featured Reading

The DePaul University Center for Writing-based Learning (The UCWbL) is proud to present the latest episode of our web series about peer writing tutoring, The Breakroom! View DePaul’s Youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheUCWbL . Our latest episode is called “The Kryptonite.” It addresses those times when a tutor’s ideology doesn’t quite mesh with that of the […]



Celebration of Harvey Kail’s Career on the Eve of His Retirement from the University of Maine

Nov 5th, 2013 | By | Category: Featured Reading

Harvey Kail (2004 Ron Maxwell Leadership Award winner, long-time treasurer of the NCPTW, and co-founder of the Peer Writing Tutor Alumni Research Project) was honored at the 2013 National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (November 1-3, 2013). Clint Gardner filmed Harvey’s talk, which can be viewed at http://vimeo.com/78578663 . Thank you so much, Harvey, […]



Update: IWCA Constitution Ratified

Jul 15th, 2013 | By | Category: Featured Reading

By a 99% approval margin amongst voting members, the IWCA has a new constitution as of July 1, 2013. The entire IWCA Board thanks all who voted. And both the Board and the Constitution Committee especially thank those who helped shape the document over the last six months. Well done, all! To recap, the new […]



National Writing Project Radio Features Student Run Writing Centers, February 28, 2013

Mar 19th, 2013 | By | Category: Featured Reading

Featured on National Writing Project Radio on February 28: “Join us this week as we talk to Writing Project site leaders, teachers, administrators, and students about student-run writing centers as centers of leadership development for administrators, teachers, and students. Learn how the Northern Virginia Writing Project is taking up support of writing centers as part […]



CCCC 2013 Guide for Writing Center Professionals

Mar 11th, 2013 | By | Category: Featured Reading

Attending CCCC in Las Vegas this week? Download a list of writing-centered sessions. New to the conference experience? Read Jasmine Kar Tang’s and Katie Levin’s guide below (originally published in the MWCA newsletter). Getting the Most from Your Conference Experience, compiled by Jasmine Kar Tang and Katie Levin Attending your first academic conference can be […]



Tutoring with My Laptop: Out of the Cubicle onto the Internet, by Susan Dominguez, PhD

Mar 1st, 2013 | By | Category: Featured Reading

Abstract: While acknowledging some perhaps familiar sticky situations, including omnipresent issues of L2 writers, my paper will focus on successful integrations of technologies into writing center consulting and tutorials. This presentation is about recent changes in two types of writing consultations that integrate Internet technologies: face to face (f2f) writing tutorials and synchronous online sessions […]



Weaving a Tapestry of Writing Centers from Around the World

Jan 30th, 2013 | By | Category: Featured Reading

At the beginning of the fall, 2012 school year, the Marian E. Wright Writing Center at the University of Michigan-Flint delved into the social media world of Twitter. Using the handle @UMFlintWC our writing center hoped to get our campus connected with writing tips and hints, writers and ideally, other writing centers. The first few […]