The 39th Annual East Central Writing Centers Association Conference will be hosted by Southwestern Michigan College, in collaboration with the Mattawan High School Writing Center, from March 23rd through March 25th. “The Community Lighthouse: How Writing Centers Help Navigate the Changing Tides of Academic Life” will focus on a wide range of topics including center budgets, staff relationships, marketing/campus outreach, online writing services, high school/community college Writing Center structure, and many other related writing topics. This year, ECWCA’s 39th event will feature three keynote speakers and a pre-conference “Meet and Greet” where each speaker will have a chance to talk with conference guests as well as lead small training sessions. Please check out the details below which includes information about the Call for Proposals form.
Introducing Kyle Boswell from Mattawan High School. Kyle will be our featured speaker on Friday, March 24th before lunch. Kyle was the 2015 Michigan Writing Centers Association Ideas Exchange keynote speaker and has led Mattawan’s Writing Center since its inception. Kyle previously worked for Western Michigan University as a writing consultant and an Undergraduate Assistant Director.
Our featured dinner speaker, Jill Reglin from Lansing Community College, will close our Friday event. Jill is the Writing Center Coordinator at Lansing Community College and has previously spoken at the East Central Writing Centers Association Conference. Jill was one of the key members in establishing the Michigan Writing Centers Association Ideas Exchange which recently held its 21st conference at Macomb Community College.
On Saturday, March 25th, Dr. Troy Hicks, Associate Professor at Central Michigan University, will close the 39th Annual ECWCA Conference. Dr. Hicks is the Director of the Chippewa River Writing Project, and he has additionally worked on Project WRITE that began in 2007. Dr. Hicks is a published author/co-author and is a member of several professional organizations.
Check back on the conference website in the coming weeks for a biography of each speaker and a snapshot of their keynote topics.
Pre-conference Event-March 23rd
ECWCA is offering conference guests a chance to meet with the three keynote speakers and members of the Writing Center community at a special “Meet and Greet” at the Niles Campus
. The “Meet and Greet” will begin at 5 p.m. with light appetizers and drinks available with training sessions beginning at 5:40 p.m. Each session will run for about thirty minutes with a ten minute break between each speaker. Conference guests will also have a chance to preview many of the poster presentations throughout the night which will be located in the Niles Campus commons. If you are interested in attending this event, please r.s.v.p. on the registration form. (Niles Campus map & driving directions)
Conference Event-March 24th & 25th
The 39th Annual ECWCA Conference will take place on SMC’s 240 acre Dowagiac Campus.
Major conference events such as check-in, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and each keynote address will take place in the Fred L. Mathews Library and Conference Center. All sessions will take place in the Barbra Wood Building, a short walking distance from the Mathews Library and Conference Center. Poster sessions will be located in the Mathews West Conference Center for viewing throughout the day. Parking on campus is free, and it is recommended for conference guests to use the Cherry Grove Road lot, but parking will also be available off of Dailey Road. (Dowagiac Campus map & driving directions)