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See below for information and programs from our previous annual conferences. 

NOTE: If you have any information or documents related to past conferences that are not provided here, please email the SWCA DCD.

Conference Archives

Date/Year: February 22-24, 2024
Location: Atlanta (Decatur), GA, at the Courtyard by Marriott
Theme: "Writing Center Movements"
Chair: Levin Arnsperger, Leigh Elion, Melissa Yang
Host: Emory University

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Date/Year: February 9-11, 2023
Location: Nashville, TN, at the Guesthouse at Graceland
Theme: "Navigating the Rivers of Change"
Chair: Clayann Panetta
Host: Christian Brothers University

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Date/Year: February 10-12, 2022
Location: Online via Zoom
Theme: "Present Tense, Future Perfect: Shaping Purposeful Writing Center Practices"
Chair: Conference Host Committee: Kevin Dvorak, Executive Director, NSU WCC; Nikki Chasteen, Assistant Director, NSU WCC; Janine Morris, Faculty Coordinator, NSU WCC; Eric Mason, Faculty Coordinator, NSU WCC; Kelly Anne Concannon, Faculty Coordinator, NSU WCC
Host: Nova Southeastern University (NSU Office of Academic Affairs; NSU Writing and Communication Center; NSU Department of Communication, Media, and the Arts; Master of Arts program in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media

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Date/Year: February 11-13, 2021
Location: Online via Zoom
Theme: "Trauma and Transformation: Writing Centers in an Era of Change"
Chair: SWCA Conference Committee
Sponsors: NSU, FSU, EKU, UAB, UCF, WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship, The Writing Center Journal,

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Date/Year: February 20-22, 2020
Location: University of Alabama - Birmingham, AL
Theme: "Growing Our Centers"
Chair: Jaclyn Wells, Director, University Writing Center & Associate Professor of English

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Date/Year: February 19-23, 2019
Location: Coastal Carolina University, Myrtle Beach, SC
Theme: "The Ongoing Conversation"
Chair: Scott Pleasant

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Date/Year: February 22-24, 2018
Location: Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Theme: "Writing Centers in Transition"
Chair: Brian McTague

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Date/Year: February 16-18, 2017
Location: University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
Theme: "Welcome to Today's Multimodal Writing Center"

Date/Year: February 18-20, 2016
Location: Columbus State University, Columbus, GA
Theme: "Writing Center Inclusivity"
Chair: Eliot Rendleman

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Date/Year: February 19-21, 2015
Location: Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN
Theme: "Identities in Consultation: Diversity in the South and Beyond"
Chair: Stacia Watkins

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Also, of note: Write It Like Disaster: A compilation of music made by writing center staffers, professionals, and allies, released as part of the conference.

Date/Year: February 6-8, 2014
Location: Eastern Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Theme: "Our Language, Ourselves: Rethinking Our Writing Center Communities"
Co-Chairs: Will Banks and Nikki Caswell, East Carolina University  

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Date/Year: February 21-23, 2013
Location: Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Theme: "The Work We Do"
Co-Chairs: Shanti Bruce and Kevin Dvorak, Nova Southeastern University

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Date/Year: February 16-18, 2012
Location: Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
Theme: "Next-Gen WC: Composing Spaces, Exploring Ideas"
Chair: Russell Carpenter, Eastern Kentucky University

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Date/Year: February 17-19, 2011
Location: Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa, AL
Theme: "Turning the Tide"
Chair: Luke Niiler, The University of Alabama

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Date/Year: February, 2010
Location: Regional-conferences held in four states (Agnes Scott College, GA; Nova Southeastern University, FL; Mississippi College, MS; Wingate University, NC)
Theme: "Back to the Tutor"


Dates: March 5-6, 2010

Location: Nova Southeastern University

Keynote Speaker: Paula Gillespie, Florida International University
Conference Chairs: Shanti Bruce, Nova Southeastern University Kevin Dvorak, St. Thomas University

Florida Statewide Conference Program


Dates: February 12-13, 2010

Location: Mississippi College

Keynote Speaker: Michele Eodice, University of Oklahoma
Conference Chairs: Kerri Jordan, Mississippi College Steve Price, Mississippi College

Mississippi-Alabama Statewide Conference Program 


Dates: February 12-13, 2010

Location: Agnes Scott College

Conference Chairs: Beth Burmester, Georgia State University Christine Cozzens, Agnes Scott College

Georgia Statewide Conference Program 

The Carolinas

Dates: February 5-6, 2010

Location: Wingate University

Conference Chair: Laura Bokus-Benton, Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

Carolinas Statewide Conference Program 

Date/Year: February 26-28, 2009
Location: North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro, NC
Theme: "The Writing Center's Role in Student Success: 21st Century Strategies for Empowerment Rooted in Culture and Diversity"
Chair: Hope Jackson

Date/Year: February 7-9, 2008
Location: The Armstrong Center, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, GA
Theme: "Work in Progress: Destination Unknown"
Chair: Debi Reese, Armstrong Atlantic State University

Date/Year: February 8-10, 2007
Location: Middle Tennessee State University, TN; Doubletree Hotel, Nashville, TN
Theme: "Static and (dis)Harmony: Tuning into Writing Centers in the Music City"
Chair: Trixie G. Smith, Middle Tennessee State University
Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth Boquet, Fairfield University

Date/Year: February 16-18, 2006
Location: Chapel Hill, NC - Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill; The Carolina Inn
Theme: "Let’s Research: Gathering Evidence to Support Writing Center Work"
Chairs: Kim Abels, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, and Vicki Russell, Duke University
Keynote Speaker: Neal Lerner, Northeastern University
NOTE: See pictures in Summer 2006 issue of Southern Discourse.

Date/Year: February 10-12, 2005
Location: Charleston, SC - The Citadel; Francis Marion Hotel
Theme: "Writing as Learning: Understanding and Promoting Intellectual Growth and Critical Thinking in the Writing Center"
Chairs: Linda Miller, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and Chris Fudge, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina
Keynote Speaker: Chris Anson, North Carolina State University

Date/Year: February 19-21, 2004
Location: Kennesaw State University Writing Center, Atlanta, GA
Theme: "Getting Back to Writing"
Keynote Speaker: Peter Elbow, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Conference Chair: Bob Barrier, Kennesaw State University

Date/Year: February 13-15, 2003
Location: University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC; The Hilton at University Place
Theme: "Making a Difference: Writing Centers and Change"
Keynote Speaker: Patricia Lambert Stock, Michigan State University
Conference Chair: Deanna Rogers, University of North Carolina - Charlotte

Date/Year: April 11-13, 2002
Location: Savannah, GA; Savannah Marriot Riverfront Hotel
Theme: "The Art of Writing Centers"
Keynote Speaker: Wendy Bishop, Florida State University
Conference Chair: Traci Augustosky, Savannah College of Art and Design
Keynote Speaker: Wendy Bishop

Date/Year: February 15-17, 2001
Location: Auburn, AL; Auburn University and the University of Montevallo; Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center
Theme: "Collaboration at the Center"
Chair: Isabelle Thompson, Auburn University, nd Glenda Conway, University of Montevallo
Keynote Speaker: Lisa Ede

Date/Year: February 3-5, 2000
Location: Savannah, GA; The DeSoto Hilton Hotel
Theme: "Vision and Revision: A Renaissance within the Writing Center"
Keynote Speaker: Eric Hobson, Albany College of Pharmacy
Conference Chair: Christina Van Dyke, Armstrong Atlantic State University

Date/Year: February 3-6, 1999
Location: Charleston, SC
Theme: "Conversations about Teaching and Writing: Where Are We after Two Decades?"
Keynote Speakers: Tilly Warnock, University of Arizona David Bartholomae, University of Pittsburgh Conference Chair: Tom Waldrep, Medical University of South Carolina

Date/Year: April 23-25, 1998
Location: Wesleyan College, Macon, GA
Theme: "Stories from the Center"
Keynote Speakers: Albert Deciccio, Merrimack College Kathleen Shine Cain, Merrimack College
Conference Chair: Peggy Ellington, Wesleyan College 

Date/Year: April 18-20, 1997
Location: Radisson Riverfront Hotel
Theme: "The Need for High Tech, High Touch in the Writing Center"
Chair: Karen Sisk, Augusta State University
Keynote Speaker: Gail E. Hawisher, University of Illinois

Date/Year: February 1-3, 1996
Location: Myrtle Beach
Theme: “Convergence”
Chair: Phillip Gardner, Francis Marion University
Keynote Speaker: Wendy Bishop, Florida State University

Note: No conference held this year due to change in conference scheduling.

Date/Year: October 27-29, 1994
Location: Rollins College
Theme: “Writing (Centers) in the South: Special Miseries and Extraordinary Possibilities”
Chairs: Twila Papay Yates, Rollins College; Beth Rapp Young, Rollins College
Keynote Speaker: Lil Brannon, University of North Carolina - Charlotte

Date/Year: October 21-23, 1993
Location: The Holiday Inn in Decatur, GA
Theme: "Authorial Odysseys: Steering Writers into the 21st Century"
Chair: Christine Cozzens, Agnes Scott College
Keynote Speaker: Jacqueline Jones Royster, Ohio State University

Date/Year: April 22-25, 1992
Location: Colonial Williamsburg
Theme: "Embracing Connections: The Past, Present, and Future of Writing Centers"
Chair: Tom MacLennan, UNC-Wilmington

Date/Year: April 11-13, 1991
Location: Embassy Suites
Theme: "Writing Beyond the Curriculum: Approaching the 21st Century"
Chairs: Loretta Cobb, University of Montevallo; David Chapman, Samford University
Keynote Speaker: Elaine Maimon, Queens College CUNY

Date/Year: April 12-14, 1990
Location: Georgetown University Conference Center and Guest House
Theme: "Politics and Prose: Inviting the Dialogue"
Chair: Wilkie Smith Leith, George Mason University

Date/Year: April 13-15, 1989
Location: Hyatt Regency in Knoxville
Theme: "The Writing Center Connection: Campus and Community"
Chair: Jim Knox, Roane State Community College
Keynote Speaker: Art Young, Clemson University

Date/Year: March 3-6, 1988
Location: Omni Hotel
Theme: "The Composing/Computer Connection"
Chair: Angela Williams, The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina
Keynote Speaker: Donald Gallehr, George Mason University

Date/Year: April 9-11, 1987
Location: Marriott's Bay Point Resort 
Theme: "The Writing Center: Purpose, Place, Process"
Chair: Barry Brunetti, Gulf Coast Community College

Date/Year: April 17-19, 1986
Location: University of South Alabama
Theme: "Beyond Basic Writing: What More Can Writing Centers Do?"
Chair: Renee Harper, University of South Alabama
Keynote Speaker: Lou Kelly, University of Iowa

Date/Year: April 18-20, 1985
Location: Georgia State University
Theme: "Theory and Reality: The Ideal Writing Center"
Chair: Dabney Hart, Georgia State University  
Keynote Speaker: Muriel Harris, Purdue University

Date/Year: February 3-4, 1984
Location: University of South Carolina
Chair: Tom Waldrep, University of South Carolina
Keynote Speaker: Tilly Warnock and John Warnock, University of Wyoming 

Date/Year: February 4-5, 1983
Location: University of South Carolina
Theme: "Writing Centers: Redefining, Reassessing, Reaffirming"
Chair: Tom Waldrep, University of South Carolina
Keynote Speaker: Mary Croft, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Date/Year: February , 1982
Location: University of Alabama
Theme: "Problem Solving in the Writing Center: Confronting the Day-to-Day Difficulties of Center Operation"
Chair: Gary Olson, University of Alabama
Keynote Speaker: Patricia T. Bates, Louisiana State University

Date/Year: February 7, 1981
Location: University of Alabama
Theme: "The Effective Operation of a Writing Center" and "Obstacles to the Effective Operation of a Writing Center"
Chair: Gary Olson, University of Alabama

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