MWCA 2013 proposals are due today!

By April 1, 2013Outreach and Events

MWCAquotesThe Midwest Writing Center Association will meet October 17 through 19 in Chicago, and proposals for the annual conference are due today!

Review the guidelines and submit here.

Here’s a little more info about the conference:

Chicago’s beloved “L”—the elevated train system—is the bloodstream of the city in that it functions as a lifeline connecting people to each other for work, education, family, friends, and fun. The L’s iconic map delineates how each colorful line of this public transportation system branches out to most of the varied and diverse neighborhoods and leads back to the “Loop”—the heart and downtown of Chicago. We see the L as a ripe metaphor for the work we do as peer writing tutors and administrators. Our programs may be structured differently, our staff come from a range of backgrounds, the writers we work with are diverse, and the ways we work with writers may be varied, but, at the end of the line, we all end up—sooner or sometimes much later–in the same place with the goal to help people become better writers.

Just as the L connects these diverse and varied neighborhoods, so we as peer writing tutors, administrators, and programs have the opportunity to help writers understand and connect with the variety of modalities that are available in today’s digitized educational environments. In addition, we are constantly finding new ways through technology to make our services available to writers— through online chat forums, written feedback via email, and even video chat—in addition to the use of technology within more ―traditional‖ face-to-face appointments. Thus, just as the “L” is constantly undergoing renovation and expansion, our work as tutors has begun to focus on the new and changing modalities that we and other writers work with today.

Beyond mapping modalities, the 2013 MWCA conference also invites submissions that address themes of connectivity and diversity. How can peer writing tutors build rapport with writers? How can our programs forge meaningful connections with programs across campus or in the community? What does diversity look like in our programs? How can we diversify our strategies? How can we better meet the needs of increasingly diverse student populations? What place does linguistic diversity have in our programs?

Proposal Deadline: Monday, April 1, 2013