About Us

Connecting Writing Centers Across Borders (CWCAB)

  • Is a space for writing center people across the globe, especially for those who don’t have other writing center specialists nearby to interact with,
  • Is interactive and open for anyone to post or comment,
  • Is moderated. To participate, click Register. Your posts will appear with your username, and actual names and e-mail addresses will NOT appear on the blog.

Come join the conversation!


Brian Hotson, editor-in-chief

I started to be paid for my sentences in the 1980s, and it has seemed to work out since. I worked for many years in educational publishing (including Pearson and Nelson Publishing) as a developmental editor, editor, writer, copyeditor, and indexer, as well as in public educational television at TVOntario as a staff writer, director, and producer. I have a BA in History and a Master’s of Theological Studies from Queen’s University, Kingston.

I began working in writing centres at Queen’s University in 2008 and was hired as director of the Saint Mary’s University writing centre in 2010. Currently, I’m director of Academic Learning Services for Saint Mary’s Studio for Teaching and Learning.

I am currently the past-president of the Canadian Writing Centre Association (CWCA), International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) board member, former board member of the Canadian Association for the Study of Language and Learning (CASLL), member of IWCA, CCCC, and the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing (CASDW), as well as a founding member of our regional writing centres association, ACWCA. I’m also on the editorial board for Inkshed Publications.


Amy Smith, assistant editor and social media

The writing center bug bit me in 2009 as an undergraduate at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, and I haven’t left since.

I graduated from Northern Michigan University in the upper peninsula in 2016 with an MFA in poetry. While there, I worked as the assistant director of the writing center and taught composition and creative writing. Currently, I’m the assistant director of the writing center at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. I’m a member of SWCA and IWCA.

I’ve spent most of my life working in remote, rural areas of the US, and for many years, CWCAB was my primary access point to the global writing center community. In the same way that writing centers meet clients where they are, CWCAB always met me where I was: online! As assistant editor, I’m excited about cross-disciplinary and collaborative pieces, and I’m particularly interested in outreach to geographically and otherwise isolated writing centers.


img_9685Josh Ambrose, consultant/editor emeritus

I graduated from George Mason University with a MFA in creative nonfiction, where I also helped direct a writing center. For the past few years, I’ve been the director of the McDaniel College Writing Center and teach a wide variety of classes in the English department. I do a lot of work with our burgeoning entrepreneurship program on campus, advise Fulbright applicants, help foster internships and community engagement, and help support global initiatives any way that I can.

I’ve enjoyed taking students to Europe and to Peru. I’ve also spent academic time abroad in India, Turkey, and Jordan. Currently, I’m delighted to be working in Budapest, Hungary, at our sister campus, for the spring of ’17.

My family and I live in the small town of Westminster, MD–where a lot of surprisingly big things are happening. We also like to travel throughout the US, whenever we have the slightest excuse.

4 thoughts on “About Us

  1. The WLN blog just keeps getting better and better. I enjoy all of the articles and find many of them useful to the international work I continue to do. As lead editor for the International Exchanges on the Study of Writing on the WAC Clearinghouse, I’ll also take this opportunity to ask that you keep an eye out for international folks who might be interested in putting together a book collection on writing centers in a region–similar to the Middle East/North Africa collection, for example–a country, or transnationally. Anyone interested might want to look at the series page where s/he will also find my contact information: https://wac.colostate.edu/books/international.cfm

    1. Hello Terry – Thank you for comments and encouragement. Send me a note brian.hotson @ smu.ca – perhaps you’d be able to write a post for the blog to this end. – Brian

  2. Save the date! The Writing Centers Association of Japan (WCAJ) Eleventh Symposium will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at Sophia University in Tokyo. More details will be announced here as soon as they are available.

    1. Hi Chris – would you like to write a post for the blog on this? Contact me brian.hotson @ SMU.ca if you’re interested.

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