The Relevant Writing Center: Advocacy through Inquiry
IWCA Summer Institute 2017

The fifteenth annual IWCA Summer Institute will be held June 19-22, 2017, in Vancouver, Canada, at the Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel

The Summer Institute continues an established tradition the International Writing Center Association began in 2003. See the history of previous sites.  

The Summer Institute is ideal for current or would-be writing center directors and assistants, writing program administrators, tutors, writing teachers (high school or college), curriculum developers, graduate students, new Ph.D.s, and academic leaders.

SI leaders offer presentations and discussions on a variety of writing center topics. Leaders also work one-on-one with participants throughout the week. Participants from around the world are encouraged to apply.

​Membership in IWCA is required to register for an IWCA event or to submit a proposal. See the Registration page for more information.
2017 IWCA Summer Institute 


This year’s SI focuses on how writing centers can demonstrate their relevance both inside and outside institutions by cultivating evidence-based practices. 

Basing our work in sustained research—whether it takes the form of assessment or scholarly inquiry—helps us not only teach writing effectively but also empower writing tutors and student writers to engage in a complex, often conflictual, world. 

Grounding our work in inquiry can also reveal the important, idea-driven work writing centers engage in daily, enhancing their role and value within academic communities. 

SI 2017 workshops will cultivate informed, sustainable, and effective writing centers by focusing on tutor training, budget and logistics, diversity and inclusion, institutional advocacy, and qualitative and quantitative assessment and research.
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