The purpose of the PNWCA is to further the theoretical, practical, and political interests of writing center professionals, and to encourage dialogue about writing and learning among students, faculty and staff. Membership includes writing center staff from Alaska, British Columbia, Oregon, Washington and the Yukon.
Founded and affiliated with the International Writing Centers Association in 2004, the PNWCA and its officers truly wish to represent the needs unique to writing centers in our North American geographical region.
If you're a writing center professional from the region--and, yes, that includes writing tutors, consultants, assistants, and graduate teaching assistants--then we invite you to create an account, explore this site's resources, ask questions, and join conversations.
Below you will find links to the most recent announcements, posts, and news items below.
Piecing it Together
Making, Tinkering, and DIY in our Colleges
TYCA-PNW & Pacific Northwest Writing Center Association
Joint Annual Conference
Cornish College of the Arts
October 25-26, 2013
Proposal Deadline: June 17, 2013
We may witness DIY (Do-It-Yourself) culture all around us as part of a larger shift towards producing rather than consuming: urban homesteaders with chicken coops on their tiny back porches; fan art or mashups that reimagine or pay homage to subcultural icons; Kickstarter campaigns that utilize grassroots community support to fund art and invention; and the resurgence of arts and crafts culture that celebrates a renaissance of all things handmade.
Along with the shift towards a culture of production, comes a shift in mindset:
The critical question at the heart of our 2013 conference is:
How do we see ourselves practicing the DIY maker mindset in our institutions, classrooms, and writing centers? In what ways are we making new and innovative things out of existing space, place, pedagogy, and objects?
Proposals are invited, but not required, to respond to any of the following sub-questions:
Submit proposals via the web form below by 12 midnight, June 17th, 2013.
Guidelines: All proposals should address the following:
Session Formats: All should allow 15-20 minutes for discussion, minimum.
(A) 50-minute individual presentation
(B) 15-20 minute individual presentations (program chairs will form groups)
(C) 50-minute panel presentations (3-4 individuals present on a central theme)
(D) 50-minute roundtable discussion: presenters address a specific question and facilitate audience discussion.
(E) 50-minute workshops: audience interaction via hands-on practice of a particular learning strategy or central theme
(F) 5-minute poster session presentation, with handouts and plan to engage participants in further discussion (program chairs will form poster session groups)
Conference Chair/Site Host
Amanda Hill email@example.com
TYCA-PNW Program Chair
Gretchen Coulter firstname.lastname@example.org
PNWCA Program Chair
Prairie Brown email@example.com
Online Proposal Submission Form
The CWCA/ACCR is pleased to invite PNWCA members to
Emily Carr University of Art and Design is looking for a full-time, tenure track faculty position in English with ESL specialization that includes a 50% appointment to the Writing Centre. Please feel free to direct any interested potential applicants to our website - www.ecuad.ca/jobs. I am also happy to give any information or answer any questions that I can, though I am also new to this institution.
The deadline to apply is 4pm on December 17, 2012.