How does a country invent a new discipline? || Inkshed and Canadian Writing Centres by Margaret Procter

Margaret Procter is a scholar of writing and rhetoric in Canada, and mentor to many writing centre scholars, tutors, and administrators. Inkshed (CASLL), the brain child of Russ Hunt (St Thomas University), is a key organization in the development of writing and rhetoric in Canada, which Theresa Hyland called, “the grandmother” of both the CASDW and CWCA. The Inkshed archives are an important and vital history and repository.

Inkshed and Canadian Writing Centres (From the WLN Blog, Connection Writing Centers Across Borders)

How does a country invent a new discipline? The answer for Canada would have to involve the organization commonly called Inkshed (otherwise the Canadian Association for the Study of Language and Learning). It brought university teachers together in person and online from 1982 to 2015 to discuss how students learn to use texts, write with their own voices, and interact to develop ideas. In the process, Inkshed gave Canadian writing-centre faculty a way to think about their particular kind of teaching and helped them become growth points in the emerging discipline of writing studies. As a new writing-centre director in the 1990s, I found a community in Inkshed conferences, listserv exchanges, and newsletters. I learned from Inkshed what writing instruction could be, and gained encouragement by seeing others navigate the issues I also faced. Continue reading…


Report: Integrating Online Writing Assistance into the Classroom Creates Challenges, by Boba Samuels, Kelly McDonald, & Emmy Misser, Wilfrid Laurier University

Integrating Online Writing Assistance into the Classroom Creates Challenges


“In an effort to improve writing skills, the Writing Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University developed a series of free online resources and tools for students. However, a recent study by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) found that even when integrated into the classroom experience, only a small number of students actually used the tool as they felt it was not relevant to them, and those who did saw no impact on their grades. The authors feel further research is needed into how to best integrate the service into the classroom, including potentially assigning grades for its use.”

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Inkshed Publications is currently seeking proposals for edited collections

Inkshed Publications is currently seeking proposals for edited collections (~250 pages), monographs (~100-125 pages), and studies (30-70 pages) on a wide variety of topics including:

  • writing studies research and pedagogy
  • writing centre research and practice
  • rhetoric (theories of and specific practices)
  • critical literacy studies of all kinds
  • studies of texts and how they are composed, read, and used
  • studies of literature and response to literature
  • studies of multilingual writers working in English
  • and other fields

To view the full call for proposals, visit the Inkshed blog.

If you have questions about the call or the suitability of a project, contact any member of the editorial team:


Roger Graves & Heather Graves, University of Alberta

Editorial board:

Kathryn Alexander, Independent scholar

Brian Hotson, Saint Mary’s University

Theresa Hyland, Huron University College

Anne Parker, University of Manitoba

Graham Smart, Carleton University

Andrea Williams, University of Toronto