The Writing Center Journal

WCJ has been the primary research journal of the writing center community for over 30 years.  The journal is published twice annually.

A message from the current editors, Michele Eodice, Kerri Jordan, and Steve Price:

We are committed to publishing strong empirical research and theoretical scholarship relevant to writing centers. In addition, we seek to build a stronger research community for writing centers. To that end, we are committed to three key practices. We will:

1)     Provide meaningful feedback on all manuscripts, including those we choose to reject.

2)    Make ourselves available and accessible through retreats, workshops, and other engagements at regional and international writing center conferences.

3)    Coordinate online professional development events related to The Writing Center Journal and our research community.

For more information on our professional development events and how to submit an article for WCJ, go to

WCJ can be added to your IWCA membership package.

WCJ is available full text from JSTOR from 1980 (1.1) through 2015 (34.2).

Other databases and indexes that provide some full-text access to Writing Center Journal:

  • CompPile:
  • The MLA International Bibliography (issues back to 1997), which can be accessed through CSA Illumina (from ProQuest), Ebsco, FirstSearch (OCLC), InfoTrac (Cengage Learning/Gale), Literature Online (Proquest), Literature Resource Center (Cengage Learning/Gale), Academic OneFile (Cengage), and Expanded Academic ASAP
  • Writing Center Journal archive at WCRP:
  • Education Research Complete ( The Writing Center Journal only, 2006-present)

The Peer Review: A Journal for Writing Center Practitioners

TPR is a fully online, open-access, multimodal and multilingual webtext for the promotion of scholarship by graduate, undergraduate, and high school practitioners and their collaborators.

Contact for TPR:

TPR on the web:

Editors: Rebecca Hallman and Sherry Wynn Perdue

Guidelines for News Items and Other Announcements

  • News items and announcements of interest to the writing center community should be submitted (e-mailed) complete, as they should be published on the site. If your item contains graphics or special formatting, please indicate that to the editor in your e-mail.
  • News items should contain complete information and provide readers with all necessary context.
  • Position announcements should contain applicable deadlines and an expiration date so that they can be easily archived after deadlines have passed. (Position announcements are not published in IWCA Update, only on ).
  • Photos should identify persons in the photo and should have a caption.

Guidelines for “Featured Articles” welcomes submissions of original scholarly essays, book reviews and review essays, opinion pieces, letters to the editor, and conference reflections (regional conferences, the IWCA Collaborative, writing center-related sessions at CCCC or other national conferences, the IWCA conference, or the Summer Institute). IWCA encourages submissions that focus on issues of particular relevance to the organization or its regional affiliates. Submissions of scholarly essays, original papers/presentations, book reviews, review essays, and other similar original scholarship will be considered for the website’s Featured Reading section; reflections on conferences will be considered for IWCA Conference Notes, an annual e-publication that provides IWCA members an overview of the many regional and national conferences from the previous year.

Letters to the editor and opinion pieces range from 500-1500 words. Conference reflections, book reviews, and review essays should be no more than 2000 words. Scholarly essays up to 10,000 words are accepted, though essays in the 3000-5000 word range are more suitable. Research posters in PDF or PPT format, along with critical commentary, are accepted as well.

Most submissions are accepted year-round, but reflections on the past year’s conferences for IWCA Conference Notes should be submitted no later than April 30 of each year. All submissions can be e-mailed to . Please use the subject line “ Submission.”

Authors must follow the 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual .

All manuscripts of scholarly essays should have all names and other identifying information removed. As of August 2015, manuscripts submitted to do not undergo blind peer review; however, the editor is currently working with the IWCA Executive Committee to transition “Featured Articles” on to a peer reviewed web publication. During this transition, authors who submit manuscripts of scholarly essays in the Fall 2015 semester and later should expect to undergo a peer review and revision process much like they would for print journals such as Writing Center Journal, Writing Lab Newsletter, and Praxis: A Writing Center Journal.

Questions about submissions to can be e-mailed to .


WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship

Formerly the Writing Lab Newsletter, WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship is a forum for exchanging ideas and information about writing centers in high schools, colleges, and universities.

Articles focus on challenges in tutoring theory and methodology, handling ESL issues, directing a writing center, training tutors, adding computers, designing and expanding centers, and using tutorial theory and pedagogy.

In addition to articles, issues contain conference announcements, book reviews, professional news, and a column by and for tutors. WLN is published bi-monthly from September to June.

Contact for WLN:



IWCA Update

To contribute news and announcements for the next issue of IWCA Update, e-mail . Update is made available to members via e-mail. Issues are made available on the website two months after distribution to members.

Volume 9, Issue 1 (February 2014)

Volume 9, Issue 2 (April 2014)

Volume 9, Issue 3 (May 2014)

Issues after May 2014 were distributed via email (without attachments).

IWCA Update Archive

(The IWCA Update [first run] ended publication with issue 8.2 in Spring 2008. Volumes 4-8 are linked below.)

Volume 4, Issue 1

Volume 4, Issue 2

Volume 5, Issue 1

Volume 5, Issue 2

Volume 6, Issue 1

Volume 6, Issue 2

Volume 7, Issue 1

Volume 7, Issue 2

Volume 8, Issue 1

Volume 8, Issue 2