Collaborative: March 9, 2022
1:00-5:00 pm EST

Go to the IWCA member’s site to register

You are invited to submit a proposal for the IWCA Online Collaborative—the Call for Proposals is below. As we continue to grapple with the pandemic and its impacts on our work and wellbeing, we hope this day together will provide us with optimism and strength, ideas and connection.

In her call to the CCCCs 2022 Annual Convention, Program Chair Staci M. Perryman-Clark invites us to ponder the question, “Why are you here?” and to consider the sense of belonging that we and our students may or may not have in our spaces.

As we continue to navigate the COVID19 pandemic that has us, once again moving a conference online, weary from inconsistent and conflicting information and policies around masking, vaccines, and work from home—how do we answer Perryman-Clark’s invitation to resist, to survive, to innovate, and to thrive? How do we participate in “braver work [that is] critical and in-process”? (Rebecca Hall Martini and Travis Webster, Writing Centers as Brave/r Spaces: A Special Issue Introduction The Peer Review, Volume 1, Issue 2, Fall 2017)  In a new paradigm of hybrid, online, virtual, and face-to-face tutoring, how can writing center spaces and  services continue to be open to all students? For the 2022 IWCA Online Collaborative, proposals are invited using the following questions as springboards:

What does social justice work look like in our centers? Who feels invited into our spaces and who does not? What are we doing to ensure the survival of our staff, the students we serve? What are we doing to do more than survive, but to thrive?

At the 2022 IWCA Online Collaborative, we invite proposals for sessions that focus on supporting each other in design and experimentation, and focus on the process, not product, of research. Sessions should do one or more of the following:

    • Invite fellow participants to brainstorm, hypothesize, or develop a rationale for potential areas/directions for writing center research about inclusivity
    • Guide fellow participants in ways to use writing center research to better capture the extent of the work we do, making our stories compelling to the many audiences we engage within and beyond our institutional settings
    • Enable fellow participants to innovate in writing center research, including pushing against limitations or issues associated with male, white, ableist, and colonialist traditions in the academy
    • Share works in progress for feedback from other writing center professionals and tutors
    • Guide participants in ways that we may turn their good intentions about inclusivity and anti-racism into concrete steps for action
    • Guide participants to brainstorm and plan for how our writing center space, modality, and/or mission may change as we navigate how COVID affects our workplace
    • Invite participants to develop action plans to resist, to survive, to innovate, and to thrive

It might be said that a strength of our field is our collaborative nature—we invite participants to come together to deepen our own understanding of—and engagement with—diversity, equity, and inclusivity everywhere writing centers are present.

Session formats

Because the Collaborative is about supporting each other in design and experimentation,  proposals should focus on the process, not product, of research; we have saved one special format—the “Data Dash”—for a limited number of proposals that focus on sharing research findings. All proposals, regardless of format, should attempt to ground the work within writing center scholarship and/or scholarship from other disciplines.

Workshops (50 minutes): Facilitators lead participants in a hands-on, experiential activity to teach tangible skills or strategies related to writing center research. Successful workshop proposals will include time for playing with theoretical ideas or reflecting about the effectiveness of the activity  or skills acquired (large- or small-group discussion, written responses).

Roundtable sessions (50 minutes): Facilitators lead discussion of a specific issue related to writing center research; this format might include short remarks from between 2–4 presenters followed by active and substantive engagement/collaboration with attendees prompted by guiding questions.

Collaborative Writing circles (50 minutes): Facilitators guide participants in a group writing activity intended to produce a co-authored document or materials to support inclusivity.

Round Robin discussions(50 minutes): Facilitators introduce a topic or theme and organize participants into smaller breakout groups to continue the conversation. In the spirit of “round robin” tournaments, participants will change groups after 15 minutes to extend and expand their conversations. After at least two rounds of conversation, facilitators will reconvene the full group for a concluding discussion.

Data Dash presentations (10 minutes): Present your work in the form of a 20×10: twenty slides, ten minutes! This innovative alternative to the poster session provides a venue suited for brief, general-audience talks accompanied by visual props. The Data Dash is particularly well-suited for reporting on research or drawing attention to a single issue or innovation.

Works-in-Progress workshops (10 minutes max): Works-in-Progress (WiP) sessions will be composed of roundtable discussions where presenters briefly discuss their current research projects and then receive feedback from other researchers including discussion leaders, other WiP presenters, and other conference-goers who may join the discussion.

Submissions due: February 20, 2022

To submit a proposal and to register for the Collaborative, visit https://iwcamembers.org.

Questions? Contact conference one of the chairs, Shareen Grogan, shareen.grogan@umontana.edu or John Nordlof, jnordlof@eastern.edu.