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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 […]



Navigating a Backwater: Reconsidering the Role of Tutors as Editors, by Lyndall Nairn

Dec 6th, 2012 | By | Category: Featured Reading

For many years, writing center tutors have consistently played down the role of editing. The widespread use of tutor training materials, such as The Bedford Guide for Writing Tutors and The St. Martin’s Sourcebook for Writing Tutors, has led writing center professionals to develop such mantras as “Tutors should deal with global issues before local […]



Why Do You Ask? Questioning the Question in the Writing Center (A Featured UW Madison Blog)

Jun 27th, 2012 | By | Category: Featured Reading

By Matthew Capdevielle, Director of the Writing Center, University of Notre Dame “So, what are you working on today?” “When is your paper due?” “Are you concerned about anything in particular in this draft?” In the writing center that I direct at the University of Notre Dame, we spend a good deal of time asking […]



Call for Proposals: IWCA San Diego (Deadline extended to May 14!)

Mar 8th, 2012 | By | Category: Featured Reading

Like lines drawn in the sand… Writing Center work is continuously recast by ever-changing policies in higher education, innovations in technology, outsourced alternatives to student services, increased diversity of student populations, and progressions in writing center praxis. With the tides, we must be willing to shift within our philosophies and our policies in order to […]



IWCA Conference Notes Volume 3 Released

Jul 11th, 2011 | By | Category: Featured Reading

Each year, writingcenters.org publishes a review of the prior year’s conferences–short reflections and full-length papers that were presented at the prior year’s IWCA, NCPTW, and regional conferences. We are pleased to present IWCA Conference Notes #3, which will run through the remainder of summer 2011. Download IWCA Conference Notes #3 here. Enjoy!



IWCA Talk Time: March 2 featuring Jared Featherstone and the JMU WC Staff, creators of “We Think You’re Gonna Like It Here”

Feb 3rd, 2011 | By | Category: Featured Reading

Save the Date: IWCA Talk Time for March, 2011, 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern (12 Cen, 11 Mtn, 10 Pac) Join Jared Featherstone and members of his writing center staff for the first spring 2011 IWCA Talk Time. Jared and staff will discuss the conception and production of their writing center music video “We Think You’re Gonna […]



Wittenberg Murder Mystery! (Short Film)

Jan 5th, 2011 | By | Category: Featured Reading

Wittenberg University Writing Center’s short film can be viewed at http://www5.wittenberg.edu/administration/writingcenter/movie.html . Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Unfortunate Writer by Laura Kay, Wittenberg University When I was originally approached to create promotional films for the Wittenberg Writing Center, my initial idea was to simply make videos that were straightforward, to the point, and […]



Dilek Tokay Presented with Award for Sustained Dedication to the European Writing Centers Association

Dec 8th, 2010 | By | Category: Featured Reading

Since the inception of the European Writing Centers Association, Dilek Tokay has served as a founder, leader, and moving force in the development of the organization and its collaboration with IWCA. She has hosted the EWCA conference, served as president, and hosts the EWCA website among other things. She has hosted many leaders from IWCA […]



The Muriel Harris Service Award and the Ron Maxwell Leadership Award, presented at the IWCA-NCPTW Conference in Baltimore, November 4-6, 2010

Nov 12th, 2010 | By | Category: Featured Reading

Congratulations to Dr. Leigh Ryan and Dr. Brian Fallon for recognition of their outstanding service and leadership in IWCA and NCPTW. At the November 6 keynote luncheon at the IWCA-NCPTW 2010 conference in Baltimore, MD, Drs. Ryan and Fallon were presented with their respective awards. Below is the transcript of the speech given by Al […]