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.

New CWU-Des Moines Writing Consultant

I am thrilled to announce that Prairie Brown has accepted the position of Writing Consultant for CWU-Des Moines. Ms. Brown holds a Master's in English Literature from CWU-Ellensburg. She has been an instructor of English and a writing consultant at CWU and, most recently, North Seattle Community College. Altogether, she has seven years' experience working in writing centers. CWU is lucky to have her back. As a side note, Ms. Brown was chosen from among a highly competitive pool of candidates, which I believe bodes well for our field. -Teresa Teresa Joy Kramer, Director

Writing Centre impact on student retention?

Hi there, I'm looking for some information regarding how Writing Centres can contribute to increased student retention. Is anyone aware of any studies that have been done on this question, or do you perhaps have any information that you might be able to share about the experiences of your own Writing Centre regarding student retention? Thanks very much, Theresa Bell

Privacy issues regarding disclosure of use of writing centre services?

Hello, First of all, I should introduce myself since I'm new to this group. My name is Theresa Bell and I'm the Writing Centre Coordinator at Royal Roads University. Our writing centre is still very new (the doors only opened on April 13, 2007), and it's been an exciting process of building a completely new service for our 3500 students, all of whom spend most of their programs working in the online environment.
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