Annual Conference


The University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio will host the 2016 ECWCA Conference on March 4-5, 2016. For details see the  conference website.  

Contact ecwca@mountunion.edu with questions or concerns


ECWCA remains a primary regional conference of the IWCA and, unlike other regional conferences that have experienced less consistent fiscal health, this conference is one of two national forums deliberately accentuating the contributions and development of writing center tutors, as well as directors and other professionals. If you are interested in hosting a future ECWCA conference, please contact Kim Ballard (kim.ballard@wmich.edu) and see the conference planning guide. With very few exceptions, ECWCA conference revenues have not only covered all host institution costs but also generated substantial revenue for the organization. Attendance has generally run between 200 and 300, with 50-75% of those attending participating in presentations of some kind. The ECWCA conference is also an important opportunity for host institution students and tutors to enter and begin participating in a relevant and sustained professional organization.


2015: Conversations and Encounters: Exploring Ethics in the Writing Center
University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN) April 10-11
Keynote Speaker:

2014: “Fostering a New History: The Next Generation of Writing Centers.”
Miami University (Oxford, Ohio); March 28-29, 2014.
Keynote Speaker: Chris Anson.

2013: “Writing Commons.”
Clarion University.  (Clarion, PA)  April 12-13

2012: “It’s the End of the World As We Know It: Negotiating Change in the Writing Center Context.”
Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (Indianapolis, Indiana); March 30-31.
Keynote Speaker: Muriel Harris

2011: “Centering Assessment: Roles, Relationships, Respect, Resistance.”
Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, Michigan)

2010: “Converging at the Vanishing Point.”
Lansing Community College and Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan)

2009: Writing Center Ecologies: Developing and Sustaining our Resources.”
Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana)

2008: “Looking Back; Looking Forward: The Next 30 Years of ECWCA.”
The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio)
Keynote Speaker: Andrea Lunsford

2007: “Under Construction: Writing Center Strategies, Research, and Contributions.”
Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, Ohio)
Keynote Speakers: Jeanne Simpson, Bill Macauley, & Rodney Dick

2006: “The Work at Hand: Investigation, Articulation, & Labor in the Center”
Mount Union College (Alliance, Ohio)
Keynote Speakers: Brian Huot & Kurt Kearcher

2005: “Writing Empowerment Throughout the Disciplines”
Siena Heights University (Adrian, Michigan)
Keynote Speakers: Janet Swetson & Jill Pennington

2004: “The Many Faces of the Writing Center”
Seton Hill University (Greensburg, Pennsylvania)
Keynote Speaker: Ben Rafoth

2003: “25th Anniversary Tour”
Marietta College (Marietta, Ohio)
Keynote Speakers: Neal Lerner & Muriel Harris

2002: “The Expanding Center: Big and Little Bangs in Writing Center Theory and Practice
Kent State University-Stark Campus (Canton, Ohio)
Keynote Speakers: Paula Gillespie & Cindy Johanek

2001: “Inquiry and Innovation: Images of Writing Centers”
Denison University (Granville, Ohio)
Keynote Speakers: Joan Mullin & Mike Palmquist

2000: “Writing Centers, Writing Cultures: Student Success and Institutional Roles”
Lansing Community College (East Lansing, Michigan)
Keynote Speakers: Christina Murphy & Joe Law

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