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.

PNWCA Conference: Let's Talk About Talk, April 27-28th, 2007

At the heart of writing center work is talk: writers and readers sit side-by-side to discuss ideas, experiences, assignments, writing, classes, education itself…. In fact, our intention to have one-on-one conversations with writers is what makes us unique in our academic settings. As conference keynote speaker Muriel Harris points
out in “Talking in the Middle,” student writers have a lot to gain from the kinds of interactions we offer in the writing center. The conversations we have there can facilitate thinking and encourage trust and openness in writing: through conversation, writers and readers can ask questions and explore ideas freely. Ultimately, Harris writes, “Sitting with a student for a half hour or an hour, a tutor is able to work primarily with the writer as a person.” At this year’s
PNWCA conference, we will reexamine talk as we use it in the writing center.
Muriel Harris: Keynote Speaker, Muriel (Mickey) Harris.Muriel Harris: Keynote Speaker, Muriel (Mickey) Harris.
The conference is being held at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington, April 27th - 28th, 2007.

You may download a conference brochure via the attachment link below.

A draft of the conference program is now available for download

For more information, contact Sherri Winans.

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