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Civil Discourse and Democratic Ideals

Nov 30th, 2016 | By | Category: Featured Articles

Amidst current political acrimony in the US and across the globe, the International Writing Centers Association reaffirms its long commitment to civil discourse, inclusive language, and collaborative practice. Writing centers “are inherently multicultural and multilingual sites that welcome and accommodate diversity. Writing centers inclusively serve all students, including members of underrepresented groups such as people […]



Muriel Harris Outstanding Service Award Winners for 2016

Oct 16th, 2016 | By | Category: Featured Articles

IWCA is delighted to announce TWO winners of the Muriel Harris Outstanding Service Award: Paula Gillespie of Florida International University and Brad Hughes of University of Wisconsin-Madison. Congratulations to the recipients of the MHOSA. Read the press releases for each recipient: Paula Gillespie and Brad Hughes. To learn more about the MHOSA, visit the Awards […]



New! Program Available for the 2016 IWCA Conference in Denver

Sep 30th, 2016 | By | Category: Featured Articles

The final conference program is now available for our upcoming IWCA Conference in Denver. Download the conference program here.   The 2016 IWCA Conference will be held in Denver, Colorado on Thursday, October 13-Sunday, October 16 at the Denver Mariott City Center. In 1983, the forerunner to the IWCA, the National Writing Centers Association, held […]



IWCA Board Election Results

Sep 24th, 2016 | By | Category: Featured Articles

We are writing to announce the results of the election for the 2016-2018 IWCA Board at-large, both general and special constituency, representatives. Thank you, members, for voting and participating with IWCA. Please join us in congratulating the following individuals. We look forward to working with them! At Large: Julia Bleakney Lauri Dietz Scott Whiddon Karen […]



Textmaker Spaces, by Tom Deans

Aug 25th, 2016 | By | Category: Featured Articles

The maker movement has come to my large public university campus, and I welcome it. Our newest residence hall will include a makerspace. Our university library is planning on launching one too. Still in the planning stages but moving forward quickly, the library makerspace is slated for an “Inspiration/Innovation” themed ground floor that will also […]



Blindness and the Writing Process: Implications for Writing Center Practice

Apr 12th, 2016 | By | Category: Featured Articles

by Melanie Long Colorado State University Abstract While visually impaired students have become increasingly capable of participating in and contributing to the traditional college class due to advancements in adaptive technologies, it is less clear whether they learn and write in the same way as their classmates. In particular, recognizing any broadly observed differences between […]



The Evolution of UW-Madison’s Writing Center Online: A Wayback Look, by Brad Hughes

Oct 23rd, 2015 | By | Category: Featured Articles

Brad Hughes is the director of the Writing Center and director of Writing Across the Curriculum at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is delighted to be starting his 32nd year as director of the Writing Center. As we start a new academic year, this seems like a good time to celebrate an important anniversary for […]



2015 IWCA Outstanding Article Award Presented to John Nordlof of Eastern University

Oct 22nd, 2015 | By | Category: Featured Articles

The IWCA congratulates John Nordlof, Writing Specialist at Eastern University’s Writing Center, for earning the 2015 IWCA Outstanding Article Award. His award-winning article “Vygotsky, Scaffolding, and the Role of Theory in Writing Center Work,” which appeared in The Writing Center Journal 34.1, is available full-text courtesy of The Writing Center Journal. Read the award winning […]



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 […]