Annual Conference


The ECWCA Board is pleased to announce that Southwestern Michigan College, in collaboration with Mattawan High School, will host the 2017 East Central Writing Centers Association Annual Conference on March 23rd, March 24th, and March 25th at its campuses in Niles and Dowagiac, Michigan.

The conference co-hosts are Louis Noakes and Kyle Boswell.

More information will be forthcoming soon.


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 Sherry Wynn Perdue(wynn@oakland.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.


2016: Multiple Modes, Multiple Mediums, Multiple Literacies: Writing Center Work Today, Mount Union University (Alliance, OH); March 4-5. Keynote: David Sheridan.

2015: Conversations and Encounters: Exploring Ethics in the Writing Center,
University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN); April 10-11. Keynotes: John Duffy and Sue Mendelson.

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

2013: Writing Commons, Clarion University (Clarion, PA);  April 12-13. Keynote: Frankie Condon.

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: Muriel Harris

2011: Centering Assessment: Roles, Relationships, Respect, Resistance.
Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, Michigan); March 3-5. Keynote: Eileen Evans.

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: Andrea Lunsford.

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

2006: The Work at Hand: Investigation, Articulation, & Labor in the Center, Mount Union College (Alliance, Ohio). Keynotes: Brian Huot and Kurt Kearcher

2005: Writing Empowerment Throughout the Disciplines,Siena Heights University (Adrian, Michigan). Keynotes: Janet Swetson and Jill Pennington

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

2003: 25th Anniversary Tour, Marietta College (Marietta, Ohio). Keynotes: Neal Lerner and Muriel Harris.

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

2001: Inquiry and Innovation: Images of Writing Centers, Denison University (Granville, Ohio). Keynotes: Joan Mullin and Mike Palmquist.

2000: Writing Centers, Writing Cultures: Student Success and Institutional Roles,
Lansing Community College (East Lansing, Michigan). Keynotes: Christina Murphy and Joe Law.

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