CASDW/ACR Awards Ceremony and Annual General Meeting Agenda


DATE: Monday, June 1, 2020

TIME: 8:00 am PT; 9 am MT; 10 am CT; 11 am ET; 12 pm AT; 12:30 pm NT

DURATION: 2 hours

The meeting will take place on Zoom:

Meeting ID: 881 6015 5845

Password: 4Gfxce

Meeting Agenda 

  1. Welcome & Awards Presentations (President)
    1. Best Dissertation Awards Committee
    2. Best Article/Chapter Awards Committee
  2. Approval of the minutes from the 2019 AGM
  3. Executive Reports from the following members and subcommittee representatives:
    1. President
    2. Vice-President’s and Conference Chair
    3. Treasurer
    4. Communications Officer
    5. Membership
    6. Graduate student
    7. Nominating and awards committee
    8. Canadian Journal for Studies in Discourse and Writing/Redactologie
  4. Nominations and elections for the following positions:
      1. Vice-President & Conference Chair
      2. Editors for the Canadian Journal for Studies in Discourse and Writing/Redactologie
      3. Secretary
      4. Communications officer
      5. Graduate student representative
  5. (Re)naming the Best article/chapter award to honour Doreen Starke-Meyerring
  6. Update on Statement on Writing Centres
  7. Fostering inclusion and outreach: connecting with indigenous, francophone, and diverse communities.
  8. New business




Call for Submissions: Special Edition of WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship

Special Edition of WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship

Stories and Reflections on the Impact of Covid-19 on Writing Center Work
The editors of WLN would like to create a space to gather and record your reflections and impressions on how Covid-19 has impacted your writing centers. They are certain that writing center professionals will want to reflect upon, learn from, and understand how we experienced this moment and its impact on our services, users, and our futures. They also know that writing centers will prevail and in some situations emerge stronger with renewed clarity of purpose or strengthened value to the campus community.  For this special issue, then, they are interested in capturing your reflections on any potential positive outcomes that have or may emerge from the impact of Covid-19 plus new solutions, approaches, and/or strategies that have worked for you.

They are inviting short submissions of 500-750 words from directors, tutors, and even frequent writing center users. Please submit them through the WLN website by August 1, 2020, and choose OTHER as the type of submission.

Here are some possible prompts:

  • How has your care for tutors and writers changed since COVID 19 emerged? What long-term effects of this care do you predict will last in your writing center?
  • What new methods, processes, or tools have you adopted that you would not have if COVID 19 did not occur? How has this changed the way your writing center now operates? How does this change impact the ways you will offer tutoring in the future?
  • What is the best outcome you have experienced from COVID 19? How has this changed you, your center, your tutors?
  • How has COVID 19 changed the way you educate tutors? Will these changes be temporary or long-term pedagogical shifts?
  • How has COVID 19, or thinking in terms of infection control procedures more generally, impacted your relationship to the physical space of your writing center?
  • When your writing center returns to its physical space, what will you change, add, or revise after experiencing being online as the only way to interact with writers? For example, will you add or continue to have online accessibility?
    • What has been your experience with online technology, and what would you recommend and why?
    • What tutoring adaptations have you and your tutors made when tutoring online? Why?
  • For writing center users: how has your experience with the writing center been enhanced through online interaction? Or how has the writing center helped you through the shift to online learning as a consequence of Covid-19?
  • If you have tested or used multiple platforms, such as Zoom, GoToMeeting, Skype, FaceTime, etc., what are the various advantages and/or disadvantages?












Forthcoming Title in Inkshed: Writing Studies in Canada Series

Inkshed Publications has joined with Parlor Press to publish future Inkshed books as part of a book series called Inkshed: Writing Studies in Canada. Information about this series and how to propose a book can be found here.

The first book in the series was Cross-Border Networks in Writing Studies by Derek Mueller, Andrea Williams, Louise Wetherbee Phelps, and Jennifer Clary-Lemon (2017), an examination of how writing studies scholarship has developed over the past several decades.

In the next few months, Inkshed Publications will publish the second book in the series: Uptake, Memory, and Genre: The Discursive Career and Social Effects of the “Housing First” Approach to Homelessness in Canada by Diana Wegner (2020).

Inkshed Publications has money to support the publication of several more books, so if you have an idea for a monograph, edited collection, or some other form of scholarly publication, please contact the publishers of Inkshed Publications, Heather Graves and Roger Graves.

Update from CASDW-ACR President

1. The CASDW Award Presentations and Virtual AGM will be Monday, June 1 from 11 am to 1 pm ET:

Please mark your calendar; the meeting agenda and details will be announced soon.

2. Please renew your membership:

Please visit our website to renew your annual CASDW-ACR membership.

3. CASDW Conference Update from Dana Landry, Vice-President and Program Chair:

As you know, the CASDW 2020 conference and the 2020 Congress have been cancelled. Despite this disappointment, we are excited about next year’s conference, which will preserve and build on this year’s work. Program updates will follow the June 1st AGM where we will elect the new Vice- President and Program Chair 2021-2023 and CASDW Executive.

It takes a village to raise a conference. Thank you to the many people who contributed to the 2020 program: Local coordinator (Boba Samuels) the program committee (Stephanie Bell, Shurli Makmillen, Brit Amell, Adrienne Raw, and Laura Baumvol), the proposal reviewers (Kim Mitchell, Brian Hotson, Sara Doody, Brit Amell, Adrienne Raw, Laura Baumvol, Boba Samuels, and JoAnne Andre).

We hope to connect with you on June 1st.


Andrea Williams, President, CASDW/ACR

CASDW-ACR 2020 Conference Update

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the board of CASDW-ACR has decided to postpone our 2020 conference, Visions for Writing Studies. We appreciate all the submissions and all the efforts that have already gone into organizing this conference. We look forward to holding a conference in the not-too-distant future. Thanks again for all the thoughtful engagement with the theme of the conference.