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IWCA 2015 Conference: Writing Center (r)Evolutions

Sep 29th, 2015 | By | Category: Conferences & Institutes, Featured Articles

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 […]

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

Sep 28th, 2015 | By | Category: Featured Articles

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 […]

Inquiry Groups as Tutor Education: Writing from Below by Rebecca Lorimer Leonard (A Featured UW Madison Blog Post)

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

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

Readings for Racial Justice: A Project of the IWCA SIG on Antiracism Activism, by Beth Godbee, Bobbi Olson, and the SIG Collective

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

An Annotated Bibliography 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 it” (1). Rihn and Sloan’s article, with an accompanying […]

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

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

“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 nearly 30 years in writing centers, […]

Lou Kelly, 94, has passed

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

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 Articles

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 Articles

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, […]

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

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

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 […]

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

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

This is my 4th year as a Writing Resource Center consultant at Case Western Reserve University. We tutor undergraduate and graduate students, domestic and international, in 30 or 60 minute sessions in locations across campus, from the Schools of Nursing and Engineering, to the library and the central WRC locations. My own graduate training as […]

Weaving a Tapestry of Writing Centers from Around the World, by Megan Breidenstein

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

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 Articles

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 Articles

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 […]

IWCA Conference Notes Volume 3 Released

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

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!

An Interview with Ben Rafoth on Writing Center Research, Dissertations, and Job Opportunities

Apr 1st, 2011 | By | Category: Featured Articles

In the fall 2009 issue of Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, Rebecca Day Babcock (University of Texas of the Permian Basin) interviews Ben Rafoth (IUP) about writing centers. An Interview with Ben Rafoth on Writing Center Research, Dissertations, and Job Opportunities By: Rebecca Day Babcock, University of Texas of the Permian Basin Ben Rafoth has […]

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 Articles

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 Articles

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 […]

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 Articles

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 […]