Past Events

Adaptability: Tutor Initiative and Writer-Centered Work

Kentucky SWCA Student Conference

Asbury University

April 5, 2019 11 am-5 pm

Registration fee of $10

In each session, writing consultants have the opportunity to take initiative in creating practical applications of theory. Consultants are constantly challenged because each writer is different, thus writing consultants must be adaptable. We want to spend some time learning about the practical ways Kentucky writing consultants adapt in their sessions with writers. What are some practices you can share with your colleagues at other colleges and universities? We’re all trained and educated differently--what theories do you find most applicable to your practice? How are you utilizing pedagogical theory as you employ your practices? At this conference, you’ll get the chance to meet other writing consultants and learn from your colleagues across the state of Kentucky.

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2017 SWCA-KY Director's Day Out

On March 24, 2017, Transylvania University was pleased to host writing center professionals from all over the Commonwealth for an afternoon of creative conversations.  Participants shared narratives and workshopped projects concerning writing center assessment and development. Thanks to TU's Library and Academic Center for Excellence for hosting, and to SWCA for funding support.



2016 Directors' Day Out

The University Writing Center at Uof L hosted fourteen writing center professionals from Indiana and Kentucky for “Directors’ Day Out.” The event, sponsored by SWCA, brings together writing center directors and professionals from the region for workshops and discussion. Dr. Bronwyn Williams, Professor of English and Director of the University Writing Center, was the featured speaker. The theme for the day was “Creating ‘Feasible Utopias’ for Writing Centers.”


On Sept 25, SWCA-KY held an amazing statewide event -- a collaboration with Habitat for Humanity of Madison County, KY. Over 35 staffers, administrators, directors, and writing center allies gathered from all over the Commonwealth to build walls for a current HFH project. Throughout the day, our work led us to think about our connections to creativity, collaboration, and community. We hope to take on another HFH project soon.

A huge thanks to Jennifer Marciniak of Berea College for all her hard work in making this event happen.


On Friday, March 27, over 60 staffers and directors from nine colleges and universities gathered for workshops and research presentations at the SWCA-KY statewide. Our conversations explored connections between writing center work and creativity, collaboration, and community. Our keynote speakers included poet Carrie Green, visual artist Lori Larusso, and hip hop artist/activist Hendrick Floyd. Via their performances and reflections on their own collaborative projects, staffers and directors alike were able to make key connections between the fine arts and our shared work in writing centers.

A huge thanks to Judith Gatton Prats (Director, Robert M. Hemenway Writing Center/University of KY) for hosting this excellent event.

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