Pacific Northwest Writing Centers Association

The purpose of the Pacific Northwest Writing Centers Association (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, Oregon, and Washington.

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.

You will find links to the most recent announcements, posts, and news items on the right.

What's Happening in the PNWCA

As we’re beginning a new year, we thought it would be a good idea to include YOUR special events and YOUR celebrations on our PNWCA website for all of us to share. Please reach out If you have an event, conference, launch party or any other occasion that your regional colleagues would be interested in.

Simply email Erik Echols at eechols[at]uw[dot]edu with all the details.

Here's what's going on:


  • Wednesday, November 29th
    • 11am PST to 12pm PST

PNWCA Board Meetings 

  • Wednesday, November 15th 11am PST to 12pm PST
  • Wednesday, December 6th 11am PST to 12pm PST
  • Wednesday, January 17th 11am PST to 12pm PST

Join the PNWCA!

Would you like to join our email listserv or update your membership information? Fill out this short form:


Our last PNWCA CONNECT for 2023!

Wednesday, November 29th from 11am to 12pm PDT.

As usual, this will be on open opportunity to meet, network, and connect with other writing center professionals in the region. We'd like to know what's going on in your center and on your campus as well.

We've been asked to share ideas and strategies for working with AI.


Pacific Northwest Writing Center Association General Meeting

Dear PNWCA Members,

We are thrilled to announce our general meeting next week, where we will come together to share updates, ideas, and insights that will strengthen our shared mission of supporting and empowering writing centers, leaders, and tutors in the region. Your active participation is essential to the success of our association, and we are eagerly anticipating your involvement.

Here are the details for the meeting:

  • Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2023
  • Time: 2:00 pm PDT to 3:30 pm PDT
  • Location: Zoom (access the link on our PNWCA listserv or email eechols(at) for an invitation


An Open Letter to PNWCA Members and Potential Members

Hello, PNWCA Members and potential new Members.

We’re writing because we want to rejuvenate/rebuild/re-something the Pacific Northwest Writing Centers Association and we want you to join us. 

The PNWCA has a long, robust history of conferences, professional development, and camaraderie among writing center professionals in the region, but the pandemic and everything that came with it took the wind out of our sails. The Executive Board is eager to bring back the annual conference and regional meetups, revive and expand the PNWCA website, foster collaboration among our membership, and increase professional development opportunities throughout the region.

Here are some things we’ve been working on throughout the last year:

  • Revising the PNWCA constitution to account for the major shift of virtual-everything and the adjustments to the PNWCA over the last few years
  • Defining the PNWCA membership as anyone and everyone on the PNWCA email listserv (no membership fees – yay!)
  • Developing and hosting virtual “PNWCA Connect” meetings 
  • Adjusting roles in the PNWCA Board to ensure compliance with IWCA and to meet the needs of our region
  • Imagining the best use of PNWCA funds and resources to support writing center administrators and practitioners in the region. 

Here’s what we want from you: