Call for Proposals | AWAC-Sponsored Panel, European Writing Centers Association Conference

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The International Collaborations Committee of the Association for Writing Across the Curriculum (https://www.wacassociation.org/) is issuing a call for proposals for an AWAC-sponsored panel at the European Writing Centers Association conference to take place in Graz, Austria, from July 8-11, 2020. Please see the EWCA conference website for more details and information about the overall conference theme, “Writing Centers as Spaces of Empowerment”: https://europeanwritingcenters-2020.uni-graz.at/en/

Please submit proposals as attached Word files via email, with the subject line “AWAC-Sponsored Panel EWCA 2020,” NO LATER THAN JAN. 25, 2020, to:

Chris Anson: chris_anson@ncsu.edu
Federico Navarro: navarro@uoh.cl

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CFP | Deadline extended for EWCA 2020 conference proposals

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Dear EWCA members, dear friends of writing, writing centres and writing pedagogy,

We wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year 2020! We are looking very much forward to the EWCA Conference this summer and we would kindly like to remind you that the deadline for submissions is approaching (January 6, 2020). For all those who come back from their winter holydays only next week there will be an extended deadline till February 3, 2020. Continue reading

Welcome to 2020! A Message from Your CWCAB Editors

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Anna Habib, Editor, CWCAB, WLN Blog

Esther Namubiru, Associate Editor, CWCAB, WLN Blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year to our writing center friends and colleagues around the world!

As we enter the new year and a new semester, we wanted to take this opportunity to formally introduce ourselves as the new editors of Connecting Writing Centers across Borders, a blog of the Writing Lab Newsletter: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship. As many of you know from the announcement on the wcenter listserv last Fall, Brian Hotson stepped down as the Editor in the beginning of the Fall semester to work on a book project and launch a digital writing project journal. I served as his Associate Editor for a semester and was honored that he asked me to step in as the Editor. I have since invited Esther Namubiru to join me as Associate Editor.  Continue reading

2020 is almost here! See how far we’ve come: Accomplishments in WCs & the Field

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As we get ready for a new year, we want to pause and reflect on how far we have come as tutors, writers, writing center administrators, and scholars.

  • What are some of your writing center-related successes (big or small) over the last ten years that we can all celebrate?
  • What trends, ideas, and connections have you explored in your corner of the world to move our writing center community forward?

We would love to hear from you. Tell us your thoughts in the Comments box below and let’s reflect and celebrate together!

And, most importantly…..

 

CFP | EWCA Conference 2020 | Abstracts due January 6th

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Dear followers of WLN and CWCAB:

The EWCA board are pleased to inform you that you can now submit abstracts for the EWCA Conference 2020, Writing Centers as Spaces of Empowerment (University of Graz, Austria, July 8 – 11, 2020).

The submission of abstracts requires two steps: First, you create an account by providing your name, address, institutional affiliation, etc. Then you enter the details of your abstract for the EWCA Conference 2020 (item “Your submissions”).

In order to carry out these operations please use the following link:

https://www.conftool.com/ewca2020/.

For further information about the conference theme and its subtopics as well as for the submission formats, please refer to the Call for Papers attached to this email.

Please note that the deadline for submissions is January 6, 2020.

After the submission period the review process will start. You will be informed about your acceptance status by the beginning of February.

Nota bene: The registration for the conference will be possible at a later stage. You will be informed by email.

We look very much forward to your inspiring contributions. If you wish to view the call for papers, the link can be found here:

http://europeanwritingcenters.eu/conference.html 

Kind regards,

the EWCA Board

 

CFP ||2020 East Central Writing Center Association Conference

Marian University, Indianapolis IN

The Marian University Writing Center will host the 42nd East Central Writing Center Association (ECWCA) Conference on March 5 – 7, 2020 at Marian University (Indianapolis, IN).

The theme of the 2020 conference is “Critical Literacies, Humanizing Connections”. Attendees can expect to discuss “how writing centers might more fully embrace their ability to encourage humanizing experiences as part of the ongoing investigation of power, privilege, and identity” (ECWCA  Call for Proposals. )

Submit proposals by Dec. 31st, 2019 using the link on the conference website.

 

CFP || 2020 IWCA Collaborative

Milwaukee, WI: Location for 2020 IWCA Collaborative

The deadline to submit proposals for the 2020 IWCA Collaborative has been extended to December 15th 2019. The theme of the collaborative is “Contact Zones in Writing Center Work”. For a list of topics related to the theme, please click ‘here.’

The collaborative will be on March 25th  in Milwaukee, WI. Are you planning to attend? Let us know in the comment box below.

Do you have more CFPs to share? Please email writinglabnewsletterblog@gmail.com. Want your CFP alerts sent directly to your inbox? Please subscribe to our blog!

CFP || Join the Twelfth Symposium on Writing Centers in Asia

Osaka University, Suita Campus – the venue for the 12th Symposium on Writing Centers in Asia.

The Writing Centers Association of Japan is now accepting proposals for its twelfth Symposium on Writing Centers in Asia. The theme for this year’s symposium is “Opportunities and Challenges for Writing and Writing Centers.” This symposium addresses “the role of writing centers in Asian educational institutions as well as the researching, teaching, and learning of writing.”

The Plenary Speaker will be Judy Noguchi (Kobe Gakuin University) presenting “Thoughts on Professional Writing for Mid 21st Century: ESL, DDL, and STEAM”. For more information, please visit “Writing Center Associations of Japan” or click here to download the symposium flyer.

To submit a proposal, click here. To register for the symposium, click here.

Deadline for submitting proposals: January 10, 2010

Symposium date: Sunday February 23, 2020 at Osaka University.

 

“Writing Centers at Schools”: An Initiative by the Lebanese American University Writing Center

Newly established High School Writing Center

In this interview with Dr. Amy Hodges (President of the Middle East North Africa Writing Center Alliance), Dr. Paula Abboud Habre and Hala Daouk of the Lebanese American University Writing Center talk about their center’s initiative to grow writing centers across high schools in Lebanon. The interview took place following MENAWCA’s April 2019 conference in Beirut, Lebanon

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WLN’s 4th webinar| “Writing a Tutor’s Column: From Submitting to Revising” available for streaming!

WLN’s fourth webinar, “Writing a Tutor’s Column: From Submitting to Revising,” is now available for streaming! Please click here to view the recording. 

This webinar covers WLN expectations for Tutor’s Column submissions, and how to research, structure, and revise an article.

To access the June Webinar, “Finding Ideas for Scholarship in Everyday Writing Center Work,” please click here. Representation at the June webinar included a range of participants from community colleges, SLACs, and larger universities across the U.S. and from a number of international countries/cities including Germany, Canada, Kazakhstan, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Bogota, Liverpool, and Sao Paulo.

For access to all three of the previous webinars, you can visit the WLN Journals’ Digital Resources page.

“The Art of it All:” Thoughts from IWCA 2019 Conference Presenters from Brazil

Members of our Writing Center community in Brazil, Thais Cons, Camila Rezende, Janice Nodari, Daniel Persia and others are running the first Writing Center in Brazil, which opened its doors three years ago at Universidade Federal do Paraná (Federal University of Paraná). They will be presenting at this year’s IWCA conference. In this post, they share their thoughts regarding this year’s conference theme as it relates to writing center work internationally. Continue reading

CFP: Special Issue of WLN – Writing Center & Library Collaborations

We invite you to submit a proposal to a special issue of the WLN! For this issue, we are calling for papers that offer creative or innovative ideas for collaboration between writing centers and libraries. We are particularly interested in collaboratively-authored articles that involve both writing center and library staff. Continue reading

“The Art of It All:” Thoughts from 2019 IWCA Conference Chairs

Are you planning to attend this year’s IWCA Conference? Check out these quick thoughts from Mike Mattison and Laura Benton, the conference Co-Chairs. They chatted with us about the relevance of the conference theme for international writing center administrators and tutors. 
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WLN Workshop: Webinar #4 || “Writing a Tutor’s Column: From Submitting to Revising.”

WLN is proud to present our fourth webinar:  “Writing a Tutor’s Column: From Submitting to Revising.”  This webinar, covering WLN expectations for Tutor’s Column submissions, and how to research, structure, and revise an article, will be held on:

Friday, October 25, 2019, 1:00pm to 2:00pm P.S.T.
To register, click here

Hosted by WLN Associate Editors Elizabeth Kleinfeld, Sohui Lee, and Julie Prebel, the webinar welcomes directors and tutors to join the presentation and a lively question and answer session. There is no charge to sign up for the webinar, but registration is required.  Participants can register up to the day/time of the workshop. Continue reading

CfP & keynotes || Suresh Canagarajah and Stephanie Bell >> 3rd Academic Writing and English Language Learners Conference, November 1 and 2, 2019

Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS

Registration is open.

We are please to announce two keynotes:

Suresh Canagarajah, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Applied Linguistics, English, and Asian Studies
Dr. Canagarajah, named as one of the top 50 scholars who have shaped the field of TESOL by TESOL International, is the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor in the Departments of Applied Linguistics and English at Pennsylvania State University, as well as the Director of the Migration Studies Project. Among many other awards, Dr. Canagarajah is a recipient of the Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award by the American Association of Applied Linguistics; the Mina P. Shaughnessy Award (2015) by the Modern Language Association for the Outstanding Scholarly Book in the Fields of Language, Culture, Literacy, or Literature for his book Translingual Practice: Global Englishes and Cosmopolitan Relations (2013); Best Book Award (2016) from the American Association of Applied Linguistics for Translingual Practice: Global Englishes and Cosmopolitan Relations (2013). He is the author of more than 10 books and dozens of book chapters, academic articles, and other publications, both in English and Tamil. His book, Critical Academic Writing and Multilingual Students (2002), is required reading in the field of academic writing and multilingual instruction.

Stephanie Bell,
Writing Centre Director, York University

Dr. Bell is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies and Director of the Writing Centre at York University. She has delivered multiple presentations on digital writing and production at conferences for the International Writing Centres Association, Canadian Writing Centres Association, and Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing. She is a board member of the Canadian Writing Centres Association. Her digital student production forum, Scratch Media, features podcasts and other media produced through her writing courses. A co-authored monograph proposal, “Bring a hard copy to your appointment”: Tooled-up, networked, multimodal writing at the Writing Centre, is in submission to with Inkshed Publications.

The conference for Academic Writing and English Language Learners (AWELL) is a two-day conference designed for faculty, instructors, and writing centre professionals who teach and tutor ELL students. The goal of the conference is to provide tools and approaches that may be used directly in classrooms and tutoring sessions.

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CfP || IWCA/NCPTW Ideas Exchange >> Deadline: Monday, 8 July, 2019

IWCA/NCPTW Ideas Exchange – Call for Proposals

We are pleased to announce the fourth annual Ideas Exchange forum at the 2019 International Writing Centers Association/National Conference on Peer Tutors of Writing (IWCA/NCPTW) Joint Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

This forum is designed to showcase innovative writing center strategies and initiatives and invite conversation about what has “worked” in various writing center contexts. Strategies or initiatives may focus on any aspect of writing center work–tutoring, administration, training, outreach, advocacy, activism, etc. Participants in the Ideas Exchange forum will be listed on the conference program. In addition, Ideas Exchange presenters may also participate in the “Works in Progress” session and have one additional speaking role on the conference program.

The Ideas Exchange forum will follow a resource/orientation fair setup. Each presenter will have their own table space and conference attendees will float through forum. Presenters will determine the best mode* (i.e. poster, PowerPoint, Prezi, short activity) for sharing their writing center strategy or initiative. With this format, presenters should be prepared to repeat their 3-minute or so strategies/initiative and to engage attendees in conversation.

Presenters are required to provide a handout, pamphlet, or link so that exchange presenters and conference attendees leave with a collection of strategies to try in their own centers.

150-200 word proposals should include a working title, a brief overview of the strategy or initiative the presenter(s) will focus on, the mode of delivery that will best communicate the strategy, and at least three keywords that will help the session chair organize the tables/participants thematically.

Please complete this form (https://forms.gle/9CgL1iX2zNLdxN3ZA) to submit your proposal for the 2019 IWCA/NCPTW Ideas Exchange in Columbus, OH. Proposal decisions and presentation invitations will go out by the end of July.

Deadline: Monday, 8 July, 2019

Evaluation of proposals: relevance of strategy, proposed audience, connection to conference theme

Acceptance Notifications: by the end of July (anticipated)

Please contact the IE Chair, Kat Bell, Ph.D. (kbell@coloradocollege.edu), with any questions.

*Please note that presenters will be required to provide their own computer/technology.

Multimodal and Multimedia Projects in the Writing Center by Douglas Eyman

Douglas Eyman is Director of the PhD in Writing and Rhetoric, the MA concentration in Professional Writing and Rhetoric (PWR), and the undergraduate Professional Writing Minor at George Mason University.  He teaches courses in digital rhetoric, technical and scientific communication, editing, web authoring, advanced composition, and professional writing. His current research interests include investigations of digital literacy acquisition and development, new media scholarship, electronic publication, information design/information architecture, teaching in digital environments, and video games as sites of composition. Eyman is the senior editor and publisher of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, an online journal that has been publishing peer-reviewed scholarship on computers and writing since 1996. 

Anna S. Habib, Associate Editor, CWCAC

In this post, I hope to provide some concrete advice for working with multimedia and multimodal projects in the writing center, but I should start by noting that my advice (and even my definition of “writing”) comes from my work as editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy and from my research interests in digital rhetoric – I’m not a scholar or practitioner of Writing Center pedagogies, but I am an ally and supporter of  the great work that Writing Centers accomplish. I’ll start with some history and some context; feel free to skip down to the “Advice and Preparation” section to get straight to the practical bits. Continue reading

WLN workshop: Webinar #3 || Finding Ideas for Scholarship in Everyday Writing Center Work

Friday, June 28th || 1:00-2:00pm PST

Please register in advance.

In this third WLN webinar in the workshop series, we’ll talk about how to find ideas for research and publication in the everyday happenings of your writing center. We will focus on how to recognize what you can contribute to the scholarly conversation, and how to frame your contribution in ways that fit WLN and are useful to other writing center practitioners. We will encourage interactive discussion at the end of this workshop and will invite your ideas to test our heuristic questions or strategies for preparing ideas for publication.

This webinar will be recorded. Participants can register up to the day/time of the workshop, but registration is required.

Questions? please contact WLN Associate Editors

Elizabeth Kleinfeld: ekleinfe@msu.denver.edu

Sohui Lee: sohui.lee@csuci.edu

Julie Prebel: jprebel@oxy.edu

New Resource for Writing Centers || Writing Lab Newsletter’s Digital Edited Collection

Karen Gabrielle Johnson is an Associate Professor and Director of the Writing Studio at Shippensburg University. Ted Roggenbuck is an Associate Professor and Director of the Writing and Literacy Engagement Studio at Bloomsburg University.

 

WLN Blog: This new WLN resource will be very helpful. What is the progenitor of the project?

Karen: The Digital Edited Collection (DEC) developed over a two-year span in response to our call for proposals for a WLN special issue on tutor education. This project began in the spring of 2016 when I responded to an email sent by Mickey Harris through the WCenter listserv. In her email, Mickey invited colleagues to contact her if they were interested in serving as guest editors for a WLN special issue. I conversed electronically with Mickey about the logistics of serving as a guest editor for a special issue on tutor education, noting Mickey’s prediction that this topic might generate a great number of responses that could possibly result in a monograph.

Excited about a tutor education special issue and a possible follow-up project, I contacted Ted Roggenbuck to join me. Ted and I had previously collaborated on several projects, conference presentations, and joint tutor education seminars, so I was hoping he’d agree to join me on this particular project. I’m so glad he did. My natural inclination leans toward collaborative professional projects rather than solitary ventures, and Ted’s energy, fresh perspectives, and organizational skills made the work enjoyable and invigorating.

Writing Lab Newsletter co-editors, Karen and Tod

 

Mickey was correct; we received an overwhelming number of viable proposals for special issue articles, making the selections for one special issue incredibly difficult. We began to consider two special issues and entertained the idea of a monograph. Yet, when we began to research the possibility of publishing a WLN monograph that laid the groundwork for future monographs to follow, we encountered a number of challenges that included high printing costs and complications in disseminating the monograph. These roadblocks seemed to impede sharing of the exceptional scholarship we found in the proposals we received. But because we believed the authors had such good research, praxis, and resources to share, we felt compelled to identify alternative forms of publication. Through many conversations, informed by our belief that scholarship should be free and available to the public, we decided to pursue an open-access publication that is digitally available and could take advantage of digital affordances. After identifying how such a collection of research could be published, we contacted Richard Hay who graciously offered to support us as we worked to create an online, multimodal publication that offered numerous possibilities for engaging readers, sharing resources, and incorporating visual and audible elements on the WLN website. As we worked with authors, we collectively imagined how to transform largely text-based chapters into multimodal ones. During this process when we realized our technical skills were not sufficient to match our idealized vision for a multimodal publication, we contacted Crystal Conzo, who agreed to become the Design Editor and make our ideas become reality. Continue reading

CfP || Join the International Researcher’s Consortium workshop at CCCC 2020

For the twelfth year, the International Researcher’s Consortium will host a workshop at the annual College Conference on Composition and Communication (CCCC) conference located in the U.S. We are inviting brief proposals for up to twenty-four researcher-participant roles focused on international or transnational research about writing in higher education from all over the world (see details below about what this might include). By research, we mean a project with a focused research question, an identified methodology (qualitative, quantitative, ethnographic, historical, discourse analysis, corpus, etc), and the collection of data in some form. This research can be at any stage and does not need to be final. Your role in the workshop would be to provide a draft text about the research by the end of December 2019, to read the other workshop facilitators’ texts before attending the CCCC conference, and to participate in the day-long workshop by leading a discussion about your project and participating in discussions of a subset of others’ projects.
 
We know that researchers around the world are interested in finding sites for serious cross-national conversation that includes multiple research traditions. This workshop is designed to make space available for extended time to read, process, think through, and discuss in detail each other’s work at the College Conference on Composition and Communication, March 25-28, 2020, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. See the overall conference Call for Proposals theme here. Though your research is not required to connect to conference themes, this year’s theme is about inclusivity, tradition, innovation and the commonplace. We see this kind of workshop as a form of “inclusivity,” a means of articulating the commonplace to become more aware. Making research about writing connect across cultures, higher education systems and languages is an activity that pushes the boundaries of tradition and enables inclusivity. It leads to the creation of many different kinds of texts and informs our future scholarly and praxis-based efforts toward inclusivity.

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