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.

Style guide used by business programs?

Hi there, A faculty member recently asked me if I knew which style guide (APA, Chicago Manual of Style, etc.) is most commonly used amongst business education programs. My response was a blank stare, accompanied by an erudite "uh, no." However, I promised him that I'd look into it - hence this posting! Here are my two questions: a) Do your Bachelor of Commerce and/or MBA students use the APA style guide, Chicago Manual of Style, or another guide?

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
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