The 2017 IWCA Summer Institute will be held in Vancouver, Canada, from Monday, June 19 through Thursday, June 22 (with an opening reception the evening of Sunday, June 18).
The Summer Institute (SI) is an opportunity for both new and experienced writing center administrators, scholars, and practitioners to develop their practice. Focusing on the theme “The Relevant Writing Center: Advocacy through Inquiry,” SI 2017 workshops will cultivate informed, sustainable, and effective writing centers by focusing on tutor training, budget and logistics, diversity and inclusion, institutional advocacy, and qualitative and quantitative assessment and research. This year’s leaders include Vershawn Young (Waterloo University), Lucie Moussu (University of Alberta), and guest presenter Harry Denny (Purdue University) as well as SI co-chairs Christopher LeCluyse (Westminster College, UT) and Stacia Watkins (Lipscomb University) and IWCA President Shareen Grogan ( National University).
More information is included below. Participants must be IWCA members and can register through the IWCA members website. Please let SI co-chairs Chris LeCluyse or Stacia Watkins know if you have any questions.
The Relevant Writing Center: Advocacy through Inquiry
An established tradition within the International Writing Center Association since 2003, the Summer Institute (SI) is meant to guide current or would-be writing center directors and assistants, writing program administrators, tutors, writing teachers (high school or college), curriculum developers, graduate students, new PhDs, and academic leaders. SI leaders offer presentations, workshops, and discussions on a variety of writing center topics. Leaders also work one-on-one with participants throughout the week.
The fifteenth annual IWCA Summer Institute will be held June 19-22, 2017, in Vancouver, Canada, at the Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel. This year?s SI focuses on how writing centers can demonstrate their relevance both inside and outside institutions by cultivating evidence-based practices. Basing our work in sustained research?whether it takes the form of assessment or scholarly inquiry?helps us not only teach writing effectively but also empower writing tutors and student writers to engage in a complex, often conflictual, world. Grounding our work in inquiry can also reveal the important, idea-driven work writing centers engage in daily, enhancing their role and value within academic communities. SI 2017 workshops will cultivate informed, sustainable, and effective writing centers by focusing on tutor training, budget and logistics, diversity and inclusion, institutional advocacy, and qualitative and quantitative assessment and research.
Leaders for the SI 2017
Christopher LeCluyse, Westminster College (Utah), Co-Chair Stacia Watkins, Lipscomb University, Co-Chair Shareen Grogran, National University; President, International Writing Center Association Lucie Moussu, University of Alberta Vershawn Young, University of Waterloo Harry Denny, Purdue University, Guest Presenter
Participants can register online. Registration will be open until March 25, 2017. After the first 50 applications are received, a wait list will be started.
The SI registration fee of $900 includes participation in all workshops and presentations, receptions on Sunday, June 18, and Thursday, June 22, daily breakfast, and outside events. A limited number of travel and lodging grants are available. Please contact SI co-chair Chris LeCluyse if you would like to be considered for a travel or lodging grant.
The IWCA Summer Institute 2017 will take place in Vancouver, Canada, at the Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel. Room reservations can be made directly with the hotel (phone 604-331-1000); a special conference rate of $205/night Canadian (about $150/night U.S.) has been secured for the SI. This beautiful, cosmopolitan city boasts many natural and cultural attractions. Special excursions during the SI will give participants the opportunity to connect with this remarkable and diverse city.