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

Event || Canadian Writing Centres Association Conference, May 29, 2015

Registration for the third annual Canadian Writing Centres Association Conference will open soon.

The conference will be held at the University of Ottawa on Friday, May 29th , 2015. The conference immediately precedes the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences Annual Conference (CHSS). We welcome writing centre administrators, writing instructors and tutors to join us for a day of discussions about writing centre practice, theory, and research.

Registration fees are as follows:

Regular member: $100
Student member: $70

Call for papers Extended || Canadian Writing Centres Association Conference, May 2015, Ottawa, ON

Notice of Extension: The deadline for submissions for the Canadian Writing Centres Association Conference has been extended to January 15, 2015.

Please join us for our third annual Canadian Writing Centres Association Conference which will be held at the University of Ottawa on Friday, May 29th , 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario. The conference immediately precedes the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences Annual Conference (CHSS). We welcome writing centre administrators, writing instructors and tutors to join us for a day of discussions about writing centre practice, theory, and research.

Ottawa, as our capital city, has much in common with our profession as writing centres personnel. Ottawa struggles to revision an identity based on two solitudes, just as we often struggle to make connections between faculty and writing services. Writing Centres are at the intersection of languages, teaching , and learning, where we meet the challenges of putting theories and research into practice. We need to constantly problematize inclusive practices, respect diversity, engage with the wider academic community and promote a culture of self-reflection and critical thinking.

Ideas connect us to the world and reconnect us to our lives and our professional practice, and theories and research can reconfirm what we do, or can provide us with fresh perspectives. We invite you to present a paper, conduct a workshop, or suggest a panel or roundtable on one of the following “capital ideas”:

  • The politics of location and funding in the Writing Centre
  • Perceptions of the Writing Centre in the community: Debunking myths.
  • Inclusive practices in the Writing Centre: Focusing on indigenous populations and bilingualism.
  • Opportunities for self-reflection in the Writing Centre.
  • The theory and practice of tutor training for the Writing Centre.
  • Technology and the Writing Centre.
  • Facilitating collaborative practices between Faculty and the Writing Centre.


Proposals are invited from tutors, instructors, administrators and others interested in the teaching of writing. Proposals should in some way address the theme of writing without borders and/or one of the suggested topic areas. We welcome your proposal for one of three formats:

  • 30-minute papers
    • Please plan for a 15-20 minute presentation to allow for discussion
  • 60-minute workshops
    • Workshops should be interactive and appeal to a wide audience
  • 60-minute panel discussions
    • Please submit your discussion topic along with names of presenters. If you are keen to discuss a topic but do not know others interested in leading a discussion on it, please let us know. We may be able to group people with similar topics.

To submit a proposal, please send the name of the proposed session, the session format, the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the presenter(s) and a 250-word proposal. Please specify any AV or room requirements. Please send proposals and inquiries to Vice Chair Lucie Moussu at .

Please note that proposals in French are encouraged as well as proposals in English. The proposal deadline has been extended to midnight PST on January 15th, 2015. Proposers will be notified of the status of their proposal by February 15th, 2015.