Annual ECWCA Conference, March 23 – 25, 2018

Occupational Hazards:

Writing Center Labor, Self-Care, and Reflection

Featuring Dr. Dana Driscoll (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) as Keynote Speaker
Featuring a roundtable on writing center administration, Saturday afternoon

Greetings from Columbus, Ohio!

The 40th Annual East Central Writing Centers Association Conference will be hosted by The
Ohio State University from March 23rd through March 25th.

This year’s conference theme, “Occupational Hazards: Writing Center Labor, Self-Care, and
Reflection,” focuses on a wide range of topics including wellness in the writing center, writing
center as labor site, writing center best practices, writing center history (local, regional, national,
international), training and professional development, as well as assessment and the changing
face of writing center scholarship. ECWCA will feature two keynotes and an additional day of
presentations that will run through the afternoon of Sunday, March 25 th . Please check out the
details below, which includes information about CFP Submission.

ECWCA welcomes proposals from the community of writing center faculty, staff, and
researchers, especially high school tutors/leaders and college/university undergraduate and
graduate tutors/consultants. Deadline for proposals for the 2018 ECWCA Conference will be
November 17th, 2017. We welcome presenters to submit proposals for panel discussions,
training sessions, workshops, and roundtables. The proposal form also asks presenters to note
audio-visual needs. All rooms are smart classrooms. We will do our best to accommodate all
audio-visual requests.

Call for Proposals
Recent writing center scholarship has focused on the idea of better understanding writing center
work, particularly from the perspective of new directors and administrators (Jackson, McKinney,
& Caswell, 2016), as well as from consultant experiences with their own stress and mental health
(Degner et al., 2015), but how does the idea of understanding and showcasing the labor of the
center staff and tutors solidify our understanding of what we do as well as the resources and
education that it takes to do it?

We invite panels that explore these ideas through various research questions, including (but not
limited to):

  • What does “wellness” mean in the center or for various center constituents?
  • What role does self care play in training and center maintenance?
  • How does center research support self care or self reflection?
  • How can mindfulness be practiced in the writing center?
  • What does center history (local, regional, national, international) tell us about occupational hazards in the center?
  • Can writing center labor be assessed?
  • How can self care be assessed to strengthen training and scholarship?
  • How do WCAs create sustainable program development?
  • How is diversity in the writing center facilitated and sustained?
  • How can we support consultants of color within writing center work?
  • How can we train and encourage a culture of mentorship in writing center work?
  • From different perspectives, what are some of the challenges of writing center work?

The ECWCA conference is also interested in engaging presentations centered on race in Writing
Center Studies work, please consider submitting to the Digital Black Lit (Literatures/Literacies)
and Composition (DBLAC) sponsored panel for the 2018 conference. Interested applicatants
should identify submissions to the DBLAC panel at the top of their proposals, in the heading.
DBLAC is an inter-institutional network of Black-identified graduate students in fields related to
the study of language, literacies, and literature at US institutions. DBLAC aims to create and
cultivate spaces in which its members might share, discuss, and exchange their work and
experiences, to encourage the retention and prosperity of Black academics. We act as a learning
community for professional development, networking, and resource-pooling that maintains a
generative presence at academic events.

Please visit http://dblac.org/ to find out more.

  • All proposals should be submitted electronically by Friday November 17th, 2017, before 11:59PM.
  • Notification of acceptance by mid-January, 2018.
  • Travel grant applications due January 15th , 2018.
  • Tutor Award nominations due January 15th , 2018.
  • Conference early bird registration ends February 1st, 2018.
  • Regular registration runs from February 2nd – March 10th (day-of registration available)

Registration Fees (Early Bird)*:

  • College Administrators 150
  • College Consultants 100
  • HS administrators 85
  • HS consultants 70
  • Parents, chaperones, partners of presenters 70

*All registrations levels include a required $10 dollar ECWCA membership fee.
**Fees increase $15 dollars per category, after February 1st, 2018.
If you have any further questions, contact us via this Google Form.

You can also like OSU Writing Center’s Facebook Page and follow along for updates.

The East Central Writing Centers Association and The Ohio State University look forward to seeing you at
“Occupational Hazards: Writing Center Labor, Self-Care, and Reflection” from March 23rd
through March 25 th, 2018!


The ECWCA organization welcomes proposals from Writing Center/English Department staff, especially high school tutors/leaders and college/university tutors/consultants. Proposals for the 2017 ECWCA Conference should be submitted by Friday, February 10th, for consideration. We welcome presenters to submit proposals for panel discussions, training sessions, workshops, and poster only sessions. All presenters will have a chance to add a poster to their session, and this poster will offer speakers the opportunity to advertise/market their presentation. Many times, conference programs are limited in the amount of space that can be allotted to each session description and often leaves guests choosing between multiple topics. The poster will not only allow speakers to highlight key points and location of their session, but it will also allow those who could not attend the presentation a chance to learn about the topic for further follow-up with the presenters at one, or both, of the Idea Sharing Sessions. The proposal form also asks presenters to request audio-visual needs, allows for optional uploading of materials, and asks if speakers would like a presenters certificate. All rooms are smart classrooms. The audio-visual request allows SMC to arrange for additional needs/resources that might not be available in each room. Please check all options that apply for your proposal.