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Event Logistics

Date: June 14-18, 2021

Mode: Virtual

Program Overview

This year’s IWCA Summer Institute can be summed up in four words: virtual, global, flexible, and accessible. Join us for the first ever virtual Summer Institute June 14-18, 2021! The SI is traditionally a time for folks to get away from the day-to-day and gather as a cohort, and while the extent to which you get away from the day-to-day is up to you, this year’s cohort will enjoy the opportunity to virtually connect with writing center professionals across the globe. All workshops will be held via an interactive, live streaming platform and will be available to complete asynchronously. Additionally, because of the lower costs of hosting the SI virtually, registration is only $400 (typically, registration is $900), which makes this year’s SI the most economical one yet. Just like in years past, participants can count on the experience including a generous mix of workshops, independent project time, one-on-one and small group mentoring, connecting with cohort members, and purposeful play. Schedule details forthcoming. 

Daily Schedule by Time Zones

If you’d like more information about what the organizers and session leaders have planned for you, please take a look at the schedules, which provide a day-by-day, hour-by-hour itinerary. For your convenience, they’ve been customized for 4 different time zones. If yours is not provided here, please contact the organizers, who will provide you with one specific to your location.

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Registration Details 

Registration Deadline: April 23rd at iwcamembers.org. Registration is limited to the first 40 members who apply.

Registration Fee: $400.

Funding Assistance: Limited grants are available for members who apply by April 23 and indicate their needs.

Refund Policy: Full refunds will be available up to 30 days prior to the event (May 14), and half refunds will be available up to 15 days prior to the event (May 30). No refunds will be available after that point.

Please email questions to Kelsey Hixson-Bowles or Joseph Cheatle.


Kelsey Hixson-Bowles (Utah Valley University) has worked in writing centers for eleven years, starting as an undergraduate peer tutor. She is now an Assistant Professor of Literacies & Composition as well as the Faculty Director of the Utah Valley University (UVU) Writing Center. Kelsey is the Utah State Representative on the RMWCA board and has served on the MAWCA board as well as graduate co-editor of The Peer Review. Her research interests include writing center studies, transfer of learning, dispositions toward writing, and social justice in writing centers and writing classrooms. Recent publications include “Teaching tutors: Self-efficacy and the relationship between tutoring and writing,” (How We Teach Writing Tutors: A WLN Digital Edited Collection) and “Too confident or not confident enough? A quantitative snapshot of writing tutors’ writing and tutoring self-efficacies,” (Praxis: A Writing Center Journal). Kelsey earned her Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her M.A. and B.A. from Kansas State University. Outside of her academic pursuits, Kelsey spends her time consuming stories, exploring all things fiber arts, playing strategy board games, and spending time with her partner, toddler, and Dutch shepherd/border collie mix.  

Joseph Cheatle is the Director of the Writing and Media Center at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He was previously the Associate Director of The Writing Center at Michigan State University and has worked as a professional consultant at Case Western Reserve University and graduate student consultant at Miami University. His current research projects focus on documentation and assessment in writing centers; in particular, he is interested in improving the effectiveness of our current documentation practices to speak more effectively and to broader audiences. He was part of a research team looking at writing center documentation that received the International Writing Centers Association Outstanding


Neisha-Anne S Green (American University) is Faculty Fellow for the Frederick Douglass Distinguished Program and Director of Academic Student Support Services and the Writing Center at American University in Washington, DC.  She has worked as a writing consultant, tutor coordinator, assistant director and associate director. She teaches in the American University Experience 2 classes which is unique to American University. This class has been created by AU faculty, staff and students as a call to action to ensure that diversity, inclusion, free speech and freedom of expression are part of the core curriculum.Neisha-Anne is a multidialectal orator and author proud of her roots in Barbados and Yonkers, NY. She is an ally always interrogating and exploring the use of everyone’s language as a resource who is getting better at speaking up for herself and others.  She has been published in Praxis and The Writing Center Journal; she has forthcoming book chapters in Theories and Methods of Writing Center Studies: A Practical Guide, The Intersectional Writing Center: Voices from the Resistance and Diverse Approaches to Teaching, Learning, and Writing Across the Curriculum: IWAC at 25. She has given keynotes at IWCA, IWAC and the Baltimore Writing Center Association. Neisha-Anne is also working on her book Songs From A Caged Bird.

Elizabeth Boquet (Fairfield University)is a Professor of English and the Director of the Writing Center at Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT. She is the author of Nowhere Near the Line and Noise from the Writing Center and co-author of The Everyday Writing Center: A Community of Practice, all published by Utah State University Press. She served two terms as co-editor of The Writing Center Journal, and she is a two-time recipient of the International Writing Centers Association Outstanding Research Award. Her scholarship has appeared in numerous journals and edited collections, including College English, College Composition and Communication, The Writing Center Journal, and WPA: Writing Program Administration. Her creative nonfiction has been published in 100 Word Story, Full Grown People, The Bitter Southerner, and Dead Housekeeping