Editor’s note: We are sharing this announcement found on the WPA listserv.


Dear Colleagues,

SSWCA is once again hosting a virtual conference. While we are saddened that we cannot meet in person, we are glad that this allows for a wider range of attendance. Our theme is “Revolutionary Partnerships,” and with that in mind, I invite you to partner with us throughout this virtual conference on Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12. All presentations will be live through Whova, including our keynote address by Dr. Allen Brizee, Director of Writing Across the Curriculum and Associate Professor of English at Saint Louis University. Registration is now open. Please check out the details on our website and note that members receive a significant discount. Questions can be emailed to conference@sswca.org.

SSWCA is partnering with 826 Boston and Northeastern University to create the Boston Area Writing Center Initiative. This program aims to provide mentorship, coaching, and support to middle and high schools in the Boston area looking to start new peer-run writing centers. If you know an educator who would be interested in this opportunity, we are still accepting applications to the initial cohort.

Finally, we invite secondary school writing and peer tutoring center directors to contribute to our upcoming second edition of Advocating, Building, and Collaborating: A Resource Toolkit to Sustain Secondary School Writing Centers. Our current version was our first physical text available to the larger writing center community and serves centers by providing practical examples and explanations of various documents and materials throughout the phases of establishing and maintaining secondary writing centers. We are excited to continue in this tradition while updating and adding to our resources to reflect the changes in writing and peer tutoring centers over the past several years. If you have a resource that is useful to our community, please submit it here and it might be included in our second edition.

As the year draws to a close, we find ourselves reflecting as well as looking forward to what 2022 holds. As I look back at 2021, I want to say thank you to this community for their continued support through exceptionally difficult times; I’m so proud to be a writing center person!

All the best,

Renee Brown

SSWCA President

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