Members of the Writing Center community are invited to nominate books/major works about writing center theory, practice, research, and history for the IWCA Outstanding Book Award.

The IWCA Outstanding Book Award is presented at the annual IWCA Conference. Both single-authored and collaboratively-authored books, by scholars at any stage of their academic careers, published in print or in digital form, are eligible for the award. Self-nominations are not accepted. All submissions will be evaluated by the same criteria.

The book or major work should

  • Make a significant contribution to the scholarship and research on writing centers.
  • Address one or more issues of long-term interest to writing center administrators, theorists, and practitioners.
  • Discuss theories, practices, or policies that contribute to a richer understanding of writing center work.
  • Show sensitivity toward the situated contexts in which writing centers exist and operate.
  • Illustrate the qualities of compelling and meaningful writing.
  • Serve as a strong representative of the scholarship of and research on writing centers.
  • Be published in the year prior to the award year (e.g. for the 2019 award, the book must have a copyright date of 2018).

2020 Nomination Process: Nominations should include a letter or statement of no more than 400 words outlining how the work being nominated meets the award criteria above. Send nominations to Book Award Chair, Steve Price ( Nominations will be accepted through May 30, 2020.


2020: Laura Greenfield, Radical Writing Center Praxis: A Paradigm for Ethical Political Engagement. Utah State University Press, 2019.

2019: Jo Mackiewicz, Writing Center Talk Over Time: A Mixed-Methods Study. Routledge, 2018. Print.

Harry C. Denny, Robert Mundy, Liliana M. Naydan, Richard Sévère, and Anna Sicari (Editors), Out in the Center: Public Controversies and Private Struggles. Logan: Utah State UP, 2018. Print.

2018: R. Mark Hall, Around the Texts of Writing Center Work Logan: Utah State UP, 2017. Print.

2017: Nikki Caswell, Rebecca Jackson, and Jackie Grutsch McKinney. The Working Lives of Writing Center Directors. Logan: Utah State UP, 2016. Print.

Jackie Grutsch McKinney. Strategies for Writing Center Research. Parlor Press, 2016.

2016: Tiffany Rousculp. Rhetoric of Respect. NCTE Press, SWR Series. 2015.

2014: Jackie Grutsch McKinney. Peripheral Visions for Writing Centers. Logan: Utah State UP, 2013. Print.

2012: Laura Greenfield and Karen Rowan (Editors). Writing Centers and the New Racism: A Call for Sustainable Dialogue and Change. Logan: Utah State UP, 2011. Print.

2010: Neal Lerner. The Idea of a Writing Laboratory. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2009. Print.

2009: Kevin Dvorak and Shanti Bruce (Editors). Creative Approaches to Writing Center Work. Cresskill: Hampton, 2008. Print.

2008: William J. Macauley, Jr., and Nicholas Mauriello (Editors). Marginal Words, Marginal Work?: Tutoring the Academy in the Work of Writing Centers. Cresskill: Hampton, 2007. Print.

2007: Richard Kent. A Guide to Creating a Student-Staffed Writing Center: Grades 6-12. New York: Peter Lang, 2006. Print.

2006: Candace Spigelman and Laurie Grobman (Editors). On Location: Theory and Practice in Classroom-Based Writing Tutoring. Logan: Utah State UP, 2005. Print.

2005: Shanti Bruce and Ben Rafoth (Editors). ESL Writers: A Guide for Writing Center Tutors. Portsmouth, NH: Heineman/Boynton-Cook, 2004. Print.

2004: Michael A. Pemberton and Joyce Kinkead (Editors). The Center Will Hold: Critical Perspectives on Writing Center Scholarship. Logan: Utah State UP, 2003. Print.

2003: Paula Gillespie, Alice Gillam, Lady Falls Brown, and Byron Stay (Editors). Writing Center Research: Extending the Conversation. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, 2002. Print.

2002: Jane Nelson and Kathy Evertz (Editors). The Politics of Writing Centers. Portsmouth, NH: Heineman/BoyntonCook, 2001. Print.

2001: Cindy Johanek. Composing Research: A Contextualist Paradigm for Rhetoric and Composition. Logan: Utah State UP, 2000. Print.

2000: Nancy Maloney Grimm. Good Intentions: Writing Center Work for Postmodern Times. Portsmouth, NH: Heineman/Boynton-Cook, 1999. Print.

1999: Eric Hobson (Editor). Wiring the Writing Center. Logan: Utah State UP, 1998. Print.

1997: Christina Murphy, Joe Law, and Steve Sherwood (Editors). Writing Centers: An Annotated Bibliography. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1996. Print.

1996: Joe Law & Christina Murphy, eds., Landmark Essays on Writing Centers. Davis, CA: Hermagoras, 1995. Print.

1995: Joan A. Mullin and Ray Wallace (Editors). Intersections: Theory-Practice in the Writing Center. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 1994. Print.

1991: Jeanne Simpson and Ray Wallace (Editors). The Writing Center: New Directions. New York: Garland, 1991. Print.

1990: Pamela B. Farrell. The High School Writing Center: Establishing and Maintaining One. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 1989. Print.

1989: Jeanette Harris and Joyce Kinkead (Editors). Computers, Computers, Computers. Special issue of Writing Center Journal 10.1 (1987). Print.

1988: Muriel Harris. Teaching One-to-One: The Writing Conference. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 1986. Print.

1987: Irene Lurkis Clark. Writing in the Center: Teaching in a Writing Center Setting. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt, 1985. Print.

1985: Donald A. McAndrew and Thomas J. Reigstad. Training Tutors for Writing Conferences. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 1984. Print.