Welcome to the Pacific Northwest Writing Centers Association

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.

TYCA-PNW/PNWCA Joint Conference: Resist/Persist

TYCA-PNW/PNWCA Joint Conference: Resist/Persist

Register now for the Resist/Persist conference to be held October 13-14 at UW Tacoma! Information about the conference theme is below.

All conference events are on the UW Tacoma campus or within very easy walking distance. Registration costs include conference attendance at Saturday’s panels and keynote, the catered Friday night reception at the Washington State History Museum across the street from UWT from 6:30-9:00, and lunch on Saturday. Please join us!

Registration Costs:

Full-time faculty and staff: $95 (before October 2), $115 (after October 2)
Students, adjunct, and retired: $65 (before October 2), $85 (after October 2)

Please contact Rebecca Disrud, conference co-chair, with questions at rdisrud@uw.edu.

Register now via this registration form!


The full program is available here.

Thanks so much for your collaboration, suggestions, and sharing!

Thanks so much Hill Taylor, Jenny Halpin, and Amy Whitcomb for your response, questions, suggestions, and interest to advance graduate research writing support in the PNW. Your collaboration and sharing are crucial to identify the real needs of  graduate research writers across the PNW and develop different writing support approaches for better research communication and innovation.

Happy New Year 2015!



Northwest Tutoring Center Conference 2015

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Green River Community College

February 28, 2015 in Auburn, WA

With increased national attention on degree completion rates at universities and colleges, tutoring programs and academic resource centers routinely demonstrate their value on campuses across the US. Many working in higher education understand how tutoring and academic resource centers help students in traditional ways, but oftentimes these programs serve functions that are not recognized. Students have to navigate difficult terrain in college, and they face many obstacles in their efforts to be successful. Tutors, peer navigators, mentors, Supplemental Instruction leaders, advisors, and others act as guides who make the pathways to academic success more visible for students. This conference challenges the faculty, administrators, staff, and students of these kinds of programs to share and critically examine the strategies and practices they use to help students achieve their goals and reach the summit of success.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Joyce Hammer, Director of Transfer Education for the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges

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