The International Writing Centers Association hosts four annual events to connect our members and energize writing center scholars and practitioners.

Annual Conference (every fall)

Our fall conference is our largest event of the year with 600-1000+ attendees participating in hundreds of presentations, workshops, and roundtables over the three-day event. The annual conference is a welcoming event for new and experienced writing center tutors, scholars, and professionals.The past conference archive can be found here.

2021 Annual Conference (Baltimore, MD)

The 2021 conference will be conducted as a virtual event. Info is forthcoming soon.

Summer Institute (every summer)

Our Summer Institute is a week-long intensive workshop for up to 45 writing center professionals to work with 5-7 experienced writing center scholars/leaders. The Summer Institute is a great starting place for new writing center directors. 

2021 SI (Virtual)

The 2021 SI is scheduled from June 13-18 In Santa Fe, NM, but in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the committee is exploring alternatives. More information will be available in February 2021.

International Writing Centers Week (every February)

The IWC Week began in 2006 as a way to make writing center work (and admiration) visible.

2021 IWC

This year, we celebrated during the week of  February 8. For an overview of events and access to an interactive map of writing centers across the globe, see IWC 2021.

Collaborative @ CCCC (every spring)

The one-day Collaborative is an annual mini-conference the Wednesday before CCCC (Conference on College Composition & Communication) begins. Around 100 participants select from concurrent sessions on a writing center theme. Presenters and attendees are encouraged to use the Collaborative to get feedback and inspiration on projects that are in process. 

2021 Collaborative (Virtual)

On April 7, the first day of CCCCs, we will host Contact Zones in the Writing Center. The event will kick off with a plenary session with the editors of The Things We Carry: Strategies for Recognizing and Negotiating Emotional Labor in Writing Program Administration. Registration is now open at If you have questions , contact the Collaborative Co-Chairs, Genie Giaimo ( or Yanar Hashlamon (


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