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Date: June 25-30, 2023. See the bottom of this page for the agenda.

Mode: Face-to-Face. For more information bout the schedule, see the bottom of this page.

Location: Missoula, Montana

Program Chairs: Shareen Grogan and Lisa Bell. For more information about the lead presenters, see the bottom of this page.

Mark your calendars for the IWCA Summer Institute (SI), a one-of-a-kind experience for emerging and established writing center professionals! The first in-person institute since 2019, the SI is a week-long immersive program with presentations, workshops, discussions, mentoring, networking, and social activities. The SI is designed to leave participants feeling invested, energized, and connected. This year’s SI will be on the University of Montana campus in Missoula, Montana. It will kick off on the evening of June 25th and run through midday on the 30th.

Montana is home to 12 Native American Tribes and seven tribal colleges and was the first state to legislate Indian Education for All. Nestled in the Northern Rockies at the intersection of the Clark Fork, Blackfoot and Bitterroot Rivers, Missoula is an official resettlement site for refugees, and Soft Landings, a local non-profit, helps refugees transition to life in the United States. Missoula was the hometown of the first woman elected to Congress, Jeannette Rankin. The area has been the setting for A River Runs Through It and scenes from the series, Yellowstone. It boasts the winner of the Best Library of Year, is on the SMU DataArts 2022 list of the top 40 most arts-vibrant communities in the US, and hosts the James Welch Native Lit Festival.

Registration is only $1,300 per participant and covers tuition and lodging at UM Campus Housing as well as daily breakfast and lunch. Additional costs include airfare and dinners out on the town. Registration will be limited to 36 participants and will close May 1st. A limited number of $650 travel grants will be available. To register for the SI or to apply for a travel grant, visit the IWCA membership site.

We hope to see you there!