The Canadian Writing Centres Association / l’Association Canadienne des Centres de Rédaction (CWCA / ACCR) is proposing to work with the Canadian Journal for Studies in Discourse and Writing / Rédactologie (CJSDW/R) to publish a special section of the CJSDW/R in spring 2019. The special section would pull together articles based on presentations at the CWCA/ACCR’s 2018 conference, which was held at the University of Saskatchewan in May 2018.
Theme of the Special Section
The theme of the 2018 conference, Politics and the Writing Centre: Inquiry, Knowledge, Dialogue and Action, inspired many timely conversations. Submissions considered for publication in the special section may focus on
- The state of writing centres in Canada
- Anti-oppressive educational practices
- Support for and involvement of marginalized students and practitioners in writing centre work, which may include analyses and reflections on safe and accessible spaces and locations (whether distance or face-to face)
- Reconciliation, decolonization, and “Indigenization” in the writing centre
- Responding to the times: current-day political influences on writing centre work, social justice, and literacy building
- Non-cognitive skills: self-perception of ability, motivation, perseverance, self-control, metacognitive strategies, social competencies, resilience and coping, and creativity (Gutman and Schoon, 2013).
- Successful partnerships for change, which may include allying with and learning from colleagues in other disciplines and units
- Experiential learning, including service-learning, reflective practices, internships, volunteering, community-based research, and undergraduate research.
Types of Submissions
Because conference presentations came from a variety of researcher and practitioner perspectives, our goal is to consider articles that are
- based on RAD-focused research (i.e., research that is replicable, aggregable, and data-supported) (Haswell, 2005) or non-RAD ways of knowing and alternative methodologies
- Appropriate to CWCA membership (i.e., focused on pedagogy, administration, curriculum, activism as related to writing centres)
Articles may follow traditional norms of academic discourse, but we will also encourage non-traditional submissions that are auto-ethnographical, reflexive, or narrative, along with interviews and snapshots of ongoing research and inquiries. We welcome statements of positionality.
Present – October 19, 2018 Call for papers
October 19, 2018 Deadline for paper submissions
October 22 – 31, 2018 Editors screen papers and send to reviewers
October 31 – November 20, 2018 Reviewers screen papers
December 1, 2018 Feedback sent to authors
January 31, 2019 Deadline for resubmission
April 15, 2019 Proposed publication date
Guest Editors and Qualifications
Nadine Fladd, PhD
- Writing and Multimodal Communication Specialist, Writing and Communication Centre, University of Waterloo
- CWCA Secretary (2018-2021)
- Publications, presentation topics, and awards:
- Most relevant publication: “Getting Feedback to Feed Forward: Incorporating Revision into Upper-
Year English Papers.” TIPS: Teaching Innovation Projects Journal 1.2 (2011). Web.
Liv Marken, MA
- Writing Centre Coordinator, Student Learning Services, University of Saskatchewan
- Staff Advisor, University of Saskatchewan Undergraduate Research Journal
Instructor: Strategies for Academic Success, College of Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan.
- Publications, presentation topics, and awards: https://usask.academia.edu/LMarken
Most recent publication: “Beyond Consumers: The Value of Engaging Undergraduate Students in Journal Management and Authorship,” with DeDe Dawson. Scholarship in the Sandbox: Academic Libraries as Laboratories, Forums, and Archives for Student Work. Association of College and Research Libraries, 2018.
Gutman, L. M., and Schoon, I. (2013) The impact of non-cognitive skills on outcomes for young people.
Education Endowment Foundation. Retrieved from http://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/uploads/pdf/Non-cognitive_skills_literature_review.pdf
Haswell, R. (2005). NCTE/CCCC’s recent war on scholarship. Written Communication, 22(2), 198-223.
Call for Papers: CWCA/ACCR Conference Presenters
Are you interested in publishing your CWCA/ACCR conference presentation as an article? In early 2019, the Canadian Journal for Studies in Discourse and Writing / Rédactologie (CJSDW/R) will publish a special section based on presentations made at the CWCA/ACCR 2018 conference. Whether you presented as part of a panel, in your own 20-minute presentation, or through a poster, CJSDRW/R guest editors Liv Marken and Nadine Fladd welcome your article submission.
Articles will follow the conventions of the CJSDW/R. Please see the CJSDW/R website for more information for prospective authors: http://journals.sfu.ca/cjsdw/index.php/cjsdw/announcement/view/6
All articles must be formatted in Word and submitted via the CJSDW/R website (http://journals.sfu.ca/cjsdw/index.php/cjsdw/about/submissions) by October 19, 2018.
Articles will be screened by the special section guest editors and then submitted to a blind-review process.
Prospective authors may contact guest editor Liv Marken at with questions.