The IWCA 2015 Conference will be held in Pittsburgh October 8-10, 2015. The full information is available at http://writingcenters.org/events-2/past-conferences/iwca-2015-writing-center-revolutions/ Proposal deadline: April 1, 2015.
“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 HarrisFeb 11th, 2015 | By IWCA Web Editor | 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 AddressSep 2nd, 2014 | By IWCA Web Editor | 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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!