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 nominated book or major work must have been published during the calendar year 2020. Both single-authored and collaboratively-authored works, 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, and each nominator can submit one nomination only. Nominees should be IWCA members in good standing. For work with multiple authors, at least one author should be a current IWCA member. If the nominated individual is not a current member, the Awards Committee will reach out to see if they want to be considered

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).

2021 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, Nicole Caswell ( Nominations will be accepted through May 31, 2021.


2021: Shannon Madden, Michele Eodice, Kirsten T. Edwards, and Alexandria Lockett, editors. Learning from the Lived Experiences of Graduate Student Writers. Utah State University Press, 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.