Save the Date: CWCA Conference, May 2017

Save the Date

The CWCA Conference will take place May 25-26, 2017 at OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Frankie Condon, University of Waterloo

We will circulate the call for proposals within the next few weeks, but in the meantime, mark your calendars for what promises to be a fabulous event in a great city!

If you’re attending IWCA this week, please look for the CWCA chair, Heather Fitzgerald, at the CWCA affiliates meeting on October 14th at 6:45pm.


CWCA Conference || Travel Grants Available

Due to a higher-than-expected amount of money we received in grants and from sponsors this year, the CWCA/ACCR still has funds available for six travel grants for the upcoming “Energizing Writing Centres” conference May 26-27 held at SAIT in Calgary, AB.

These grants are available to both conference presenters (up to CAN$500) and all students/tutors (up to CAN$400) who are either attending or presenting at the conference.

The deadline for applications has been extended to Friday, April 22; however, these grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, provided that the applications are complete and meet the basic criteria outlined for each category.

Additional information can be found here.

CWCA Conference Registration Open

Registration is now open for the 2016 conference of the Canadian Writing Centres Association/Association canadienne des centres de rédaction. Click here to register.

The conference will be held at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology on May 26th (pre-conference Global Café) and May 27th in Calgary, Alberta.

Full conference details can be found on the conference website, Energizing Writing Centre Communities.

CFP || CASDW: Energizing Communities – Congress 2016

The Eighth Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing (CASDW / ACR) will be held in Calgary, Alberta from Saturday, May 28th to Monday, May 30th. Download the full Call for Proposals via CFP 2016 – Calgary CASDW.

We invite papers on all aspects of writing studies for the eighth annual conference of CASDW/ACR, the largest gathering of writing studies scholars in Canada. In particular, we invite papers on research on writing theory and pedagogy connecting with our theme of The Power of Writing. This theme encompasses research and theoretical studies of not only the effects of writing, but also the energy and efforts required to cultivate and sustain effective writing and writing program initiatives.

Papers might address topics such as:

  • the nature of effective and powerful writing in the academy, the professions, and the workplace
  • how strong and energetic writing programs are created and supported or undermined
  • writing and power
  • the writing centre as a “writing resource”
  • writing in the energy sector and Canada’s natural resource fields
  • the discourse of environmental activism – local and global
  • teaching students to write: what motivates and energizes writing instruction?
  • how writing shapes, challenges, and energizes communities

We invite papers that draw on work in genre studies, rhetorical theory, writing studies, writing centre theory and practice, and professional and technical writing research and practice. We welcome papers that connect with CASDW’s heritage as a place for sharing research on technical and professional writing as well as those that connect with its more inclusive mission to examine all forms of discourse and writing and to explore pedagogical practices and innovations.

The proposal deadline is January 25, 2016

Download the complete Call for Proposals via Download the full Call for Proposals via CFP 2016 – Calgary CASDW.

CFP EXTENDED || Canadian Writing Centres Association Conference 2016, Calgary AB | Energizing (Writing Centre) Communities

Canadian Writing Centres Association Conference, 2016 (Calgary, AB) || Call for papers

 Call extended to January 10, 2016

Energizing (Writing Centre) Communities

May 26 (pre-conference Global Café afternoon) and May 27 (full day conference) 2016
Calgary, Alberta

In their essay, “Some Millennial Thoughts about the Future of Writing Centres,” Lisa Ede and Andrea Lunsford (@LunsfordHandbks) describe the possibility inherent in the idea of a Centre: “Centers create spaces for the kind of work that needs to be done in higher education, work that is difficult or impossible to do within traditional disciplinary frameworks … At their best, they encourage highly productive forms of collaboration” (Writing Center Journal 20.2, 33).

Fifteen years later, our malleable writing centres (sometimes under different names) continue to innovate. In the creation of and collaboration with communities of all kinds–within and beyond departmental/institutional borders–in the face of sometimes daunting challenges that cause us to re-examine our work, mandates, and vision, the work of writing centres expands and is constantly redefined.

The Canadian Writing Centres Association invites writing centre practitioners to consider how they build and energize communities—within their own centres, institutions, cities, or within larger regional, national, and international contexts—by encouraging these “highly productive forms of collaboration.”

Possible topics might include:

how writing centres create communities for students: those who use the Writing Centre and, in some centres, those who work there;

how writing centres create supports for specific writing communities: undergraduate, graduate, mature students, alumni, multilingual students, liberal arts, business, health, sciences, etc.

  • how writing centres work to build and grow e-communities and/or online writing support;
  • how writing centres energize research and teaching among faculty communities;
    how writing support is offered as part of centres with broader student support mandates (language centres, learning centres, learning commons, academic success centres, research centres, recruitment, etc.);
  • how writing centres build partnerships and/or joint programming with other university programs or offices;
  • how writing centres work with regional, national and international writing centre and student centre associations to build and mobilize knowledge;
  • how writing centres collaborate with one another to develop programs, services, training, and research;
  • how writing centres engage with external (off-campus) communities, e.g., NGO academic support groups, communities service groups, high schools, academic volunteer groups.

We invite proposals from tutors, instructors, administrators, and others interested in the teaching and tutoring of writing. Proposals should address some aspect of the theme of “Energizing (Writing Centre) Communities,” and should be organized for one of the following formats:

  • 30-minute practice- or research-oriented session: A session that shows/tells a tutoring, teaching, or administrative technique or theory, or explains a specific issue/project in relation to theory, research, and/or practice. 1-3 presenters.
  • 60-minute panel discussion: A group of people who present and discuss different perspectives on a current writing centre-related issue. 3-5 presenters.
  • 60-minute workshop: A hands-on, interactive presentation/activity, which allows presenters and participants to tackle a specific teaching, tutoring, or administrative technique/project. 2-4 presenters.
  • 30-minute roundtables session: Presenters interested in getting feedback on work in progress will present their ideas/projects for 5-10 minutes then get feedback from participants around the table for another 20 minutes. Roundtables are excellent venues for giving and receiving targeted feedback and engaging in in-depth discussions. No AV available.
  • Poster session: A visual and interactive exhibit that allows for short and informal discussions between the presenter(s) and the attendees. No AV available. 1-2 presenters.

Full CFP description