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October 21, 2017
Oakland University Rochester, MI

Conference Theme: Writing Center 2.0: Navigating WC Services Within and Beyond What Is to What Can Be

In “Factories, and Warhols:  A r(Evoluntionary) Future for Writing Centers,” Ben Rafoth’s 2015 keynote address to the International Writing Centers Association, he encouraged the audience to interrogate our core beliefs about the writing center’s parameters, purview, and practice. In so doing, we become BOTH liberated AND obligated to consider not only what has been but also what can be.

During the last two years, centers like our own have sought to do just that: to move beyond center-based consulting, to explore new iterations of our services,  and to seek novel partnerships as well as to resist easy polemics like writer versus product and direct versus indirect. This year, we seek conference proposals that explore the possibilities and the problems of such a rhetorical and literal reexamination of the writing center’s mission, space, pedagogy, cherished beliefs and the like, whether or not the momentum for change has been self-driven or externally mandated.

To submit a proposal or learn more about the conference, please visit the conference website: www.miwca2017.com

Concurrent sessions will be 50 minutes each with a 10-minute break for movement to the next, allocated as follows:

  • Two separate 20-minute presentations followed by 10 minutes for questions.
  • One panel or workshop devoted to in-depth examination of the conference theme or professional learning for administrators and/or consultants. Please indicate your preference as part of the submission.

The MiWCA Ideas Exchange conference 
is held every fall semester at a different institution. It is a day-long event featuring concurrent sessions on various writing center
-related topics of interest. The MiWCA strives to keep registration fees minimal and to maintain a tutor focus in which tutors vastly outnumber directors and administrators in attendance and as presenters.

If you have questions about the 2017 MiWCA Ideas Exchange, please email wynn@oakland.edu or refer to this list of previous hosts. If you have questions about information on this site, please contact Patrick Johnson (johpatri@gvsu.edu)

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