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FAQ about the IWCA Annual Conference

1. Who sets the convention site?
The Conferences and Institutes Committee (C&I), including IWCA Board members and other IWCA members, selects the conference site. The vice president of IWCA chairs this committee.

2. When?
The C&I Committee selects the dates in consideration of other conference dates (NCTE, NCPTW, and others), religious holidays, academic calendars, and hotel availability.

3. Where?
The C&I Committee considers where the conference has recently been held, hotel costs, and ease of travel to and from the conference location. The Committee makes every effort to move the Conference around to make it geographically accessible to a variety to members in different geographic locations.

4. Where is it going next?
For a list of upcoming IWCA events, visit http://writingcenters.org/.

5. Where has it been?
For a list of past IWCA events, visit http://writingcenters.org/.

6. Are there any cities or states where we can’t go, in protest to some laws?
Technically, no. However, the C&I Committee does consider whether the location will be hostile to its members, and the IWCA Board considers how it can advocate for its members and for positive social change.

7. Where do I learn more about IWCA governance, committees, policies, etc.?
Please visit http://writingcenters.org/.

8. If I want to be more involved in the organization, what can I do?
Attend Board meetings online and at the Collaborative, and Town Hall meetings at the fall conference. Talk to Board members about serving on one of our many committees or reading proposals for the Fall Conference or the Collaborative.

9. How does IWCA pay for its meeting rooms at conferences?
Meeting rooms for conferences are generally covered by contracting a certain number of guest rooms for the conference and spending an agreed upon amount on food and beverage. As long enough conference attendees stay at the conference hotel to meet the contracted number and we spend the required amount on meals and snacks, we pay no additional fees for the meeting space.

10. How is the registration fee determined?
The proceeds of the IWCA Conference, along with membership dues, are what fund the organizations operations and activities. The fee is determined by considering the costs of hosting the Conference, including travel grants and other awards, with a goal of generating enough revenue each year to cover its expenses for that year. For more on the IWCA financial status, please visit:

11. How generously does IWCA support graduate students, contingent workers, and underrepresented groups?
IWCA offers $13,000 in awards and grants. Visit http://writingcenters.org/ for more information.

12. How does IWCA pay for the support it provides?
IWCA pays for this support from revenue generated by conferences and events and by membership dues.

13. After the conference bills are paid, what do members get from the surplus, if any?
As a nonprofit organization, IWCA puts any surpluses toward programming and membership services.

14. Who sets the conference program?
The conference chair, in consultation with officers and the C&I Committee creates the program from the accepted proposals.

15. What is the acceptance rate?
The acceptance rate varies between 60% and 75%.

16. Who determines which proposals are accepted for the Conference Program?
IWCA Board members and representatives from each affiliate form the committee of reviewers for the conference program.

17. How is the conference chair selected?
The Conferences and Institutes Committee reviews nominees and selects the conference chair in collaboration with the officers.

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FAQ about the IWCA Collaborative @ CCCC

1. Who sets the convention site?
The Collaborative is a one-day conference just before the Conference on College Composition and Communication. As such, IWCA has no control of the city or the date. The Conferences and Institutes Committee (C&I), including IWCA Board members and other IWCA members, with the help of a conference planner, selects a venue near the Cs Conference hotel, with an eye on keeping costs down.

2. Where is it going next?
For a list of upcoming Cs Conferences, visit CCCC’s Future Conventions page.

3. Where do I learn more about IWCA governance, committees, policies, etc.?
Please visit the IWCA Governance page.

4. If I want to be more involved in the organization, what can I do?
Attend Board meetings online and at the Collaborative, and Town Hall meetings at the fall conference. Talk to Board members about serving on one of our many committees or reading proposals for the Fall Conference or the Collaborative.

5. How does IWCA pay for its meeting rooms at conferences?
Meeting rooms for conferences are generally covered by contracting a certain number of guest rooms for the conference and spending an agreed upon amount on food and beverage. As long enough conference attendees stay at the conference hotel to meet the contracted number and we spend the required amount on meals and snacks, we pay no additional fees for the meeting space.

6. How is the registration fee determined?
The registration fee is determined by the cost of the venue. The fees for the Collaborative can vary, therefore, by conference location. It is expected that fees will cover the cost of the meeting space and food.

7. How generously does IWCA support graduate students, contingent workers, and underrepresented groups?
IWCA offers $13,000 in awards and grants. Visit the IWCA Grants & Awards page for more information.

8. How does IWCA pay for the support it provides?
IWCA pays for this support from revenue generated by conferences and events and by membership dues.

9. After the conference bills are paid, what do members get from the surplus, if any?
As a nonprofit organization, IWCA puts any surpluses toward programming and membership services.

10. Who sets the conference program?
The conference chair, in consultation with officers and the C&I Committee creates the program from the accepted proposals.

11. What is the acceptance rate?
The acceptance rate varies between 60% and 75%.

12. Who determines which proposals are accepted for the conference program?
IWCA Board members and representatives from each affiliate form the committee of reviewers for the conference program.

13. How is the conference chair selected?
The Conferences and Institutes Committee reviews nominees and selects the conference chair in collaboration with the officers.