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  • 29 Nov 2021 10:59 AM | Eric Mason (Administrator)

    You still have time to get in your proposal for the SWCA conference! Submit your conference proposal by Dec 1.

    Just head over to our conference page for all the details.


  • 11 Nov 2021 3:28 PM | Eric Mason (Administrator)

    Nominations for SWCA awards are due by Friday, December 10. We have extended the nomination period this year to accommodate changes to the conference format.

    Nominations and self-nominations are welcome for all award categories: Undergraduate Tutor, Graduate Tutor, Professional Tutor, and SWCA Achievement Awards.  

    For information about nomination instructions and criteria, visit our Awards page. To submit a nomination, please email the required information to the SWCA Awards Committee Chair, Megan Minarich, at megan.l.minarich@vanderbilt.edu

    Nominees should be from schools within the SWCA region. For a nominee to be eligible for an award, the nominee, their center’s director, or their institution must be an SWCA member by December 10 of the year in which they are nominated. 


  • 21 Oct 2021 9:00 AM | Eric Mason (Administrator)

    Dear Colleagues,

    After much deliberation, the Southeastern Writing Center Association has decided to move the February 10-12, 2022 conference to a virtual format. The in-person conference hosted by Christian Brothers University Writing and Communications Corner will take place in 2023. The 2022 virtual SWCA conference will be sponsored by SWCA and hosted by Nova Southeastern University's Writing and Communication Center.

    Please see the updated conference CFP and note the extended deadline for proposal submissions is November 20, 2021. We hope that the move to a virtual conference will allow for a wide range of participation.

    Visit https://southeasternwritingcenter.wildapricot.org/conference for more information and submit questions about the conference or proposal queries to swca.conference@gmail.com.

    We look forward to (virtually) seeing you Feb. 2022!

    Sincerely,
    The SWCA Board

  • 02 Sep 2021 7:34 PM | Eric Mason (Administrator)

    SWCA-GA Fall Forum
    The Road Ahead : What Lies Beyond COVID for WCs 

    Register at: https://forms.gle/JQEbaL4h24LhEPYa8

    Schedule:

    10-10:50 a.m.    Featured Panel: Tutor & Admin Experiences During COVID https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/1938a 0fdbfb7406ea3784db3d5e466e1

    11 a.m.-12 p.m. Breakout Session (choose one of three session options!)

    12:10-1 p.m.      Closing Activity/Discussion & Farewells
    https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/1938 a0fdbfb7406ea3784db3d5e466e


    Download PDF flyer to share.

  • 25 Aug 2021 12:00 PM | Eric Mason (Administrator)

    The Southeastern Writing Center Association’s “Center Acknowledgment and Recognition of Excellence” (C.A.R.E.) program was developed by the SWCA Research & Development (R&D) Committee as part of its focus on using institutional and organizational research to provide enhanced resources and opportunities for members of the writing center community.

    The SWCA invites centers to apply for certification to be recognized for the value they bring to their consultants, clients, and institutions. Certification applications are welcomed on a rolling basis and reviewed tri-annually.

    The C.A.R.E. Writing Center Certification program invites nominations for the position of SWCA-CARE Co-Chair (January 2022-January 2024).

    The SWCA-CARE Co-Chair coordinates the long-term vision of SWCA-CARE program, encourages submissions, fields questions, manages the application review process as well as tools and resources used in the review process, and organizes/oversees the committee of reviewers that is approved by the current SWCA President. Other duties might include professional development and SWCA-CARE promotion. The Co-Chair position is a two-year commitment. In the first year, the candidate serves as Co-Chair. In the second year, the Co-Chair becomes Chair and helps train the incoming Co-Chair.

    Interested candidates should send their CV/Resume and 500-word statement of interest to Dr. Candis Bond: CBOND@augusta.edu and/or Dr. Joy Bracewell: joy.bracewell@gcsu.edu by October 15, 2021. In the statement of interest, please include a rationale for your interest, your qualifications, and your vision for how you might maintain or improve the program.


  • 15 Aug 2021 12:00 PM | Eric Mason (Administrator)

    You're invited to the 2022 SWCA Conference

    At the 2022 SWCA Conference, we invite you to explore the ways writing centers are places of advocacy and renewal, places that navigate toward important changes and innovations at our institutions. The conference theme--"Navigating the Rivers of Change"--recognizes that we are anything but static. As you think about how your writing center navigates change, we encourage you to use our host city, Memphis, TN, as inspiration for your proposals. 

    Check out the Call for Papers and submit your proposal by the October 25, 11:59pm, deadline.

    WHAT: 2022 SWCA conference
    WHEN: February 10-12, 2022
    WHERE: The Guest House at Graceland in Memphis, TN!
    WHO:  Open to all

    Sponsored by the SWCA, Christian Brothers University, and the CBU Writing and Communications Corner.

    Registration and lodging info coming soon. Please send any conference-related inquiries to conference chair, Clayann Gilliam Panetta (cpanetta@cbu.edu).


  • 14 May 2021 4:52 PM | Eric Mason (Administrator)


    Dear SWCA Members,

    We hope you’re all doing well and enjoyed the great online conference this year on Trauma and Transformation. I’m writing to share with you one of the many ways SWCA continues its support of the outstanding writing center work taking place throughout our region and beyond—SWCA CARE.

    The SWCA-CARE program (Center Acknowledgment & Recognition of Excellence) offers access to writing center planning materials, rubrics, research, and resources related to continued enhancement of your centers, including SWCA certification. You’ll find information on SWCA-CARE on the website.

    The SWCA-CARE co-chairs provide regular webinars that offer SWCA members more insight into the certification program. Each webinar will be hosted online. The webinars will focus on the basic information that you can use to get started (or finish!) your certification application. In addition, facilitators will be prepared to answer questions regarding the application process or your specific questions.

    We hope you’ll join members of the Research & Development committee for one of the June or July webinars. Sign up here!

    SWCA Co-Chairs, Joy Bracewell & Candis Bond

  • 14 May 2021 9:00 AM | Eric Mason (Administrator)

    Need funds to support your writing center research or professional development? Consider applying for the SWCA Christine Cozzens Research Grant and Initiative Program (CCRGIP) fall award. 

    Deadline for SWCA CCRGIP Fall Awards is July 15

    The SWCA CCRGIP is designed to encourage collaboration among new and established centers, support professional development for writing center administrators and staff, and further writing center research and scholarship throughout the SWCA region. 

    The program awards up to $500 in grants per term.

    Application deadline for fall 2021 award: July 15

    Contact Jenny Koster (Chair of the CCRGIP Selection Committee) for questions or additional information.

    Learn more about how to apply for the CCRGIP

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  • 23 Apr 2021 1:50 PM | Eric Mason (Administrator)

    The Writing and Reading Lab of Gulf Coast State College would like to invite you to this year’s SWCA-Florida Tutor Collaboration Day. 

    Date:  May 21, 2021     

    Time: 9:15-11:30 a.m. (EST) 

    Location: on Zoom in the GCSC virtual Writing and Reading Lab 

    Register: https://tinyurl.com/eez72mty   

    (NO REGISTRATION FEE)

     This year’s virtual Tutor Collaboration Day will bring together tutors, consultants, and directors across Florida for an informal discussion of topics about next steps for our writing centers as our institutions return to in-person instruction. These discussions will be open to all attendees so that we can share our experiences over the last year and our ideas for moving forward. 

    Download the flyer to share event details and consider facilitating a 30-minute discussion. For more information, contact Mary Middlemas at mmiddlem3@gulfcoast.edu.   


  • 28 Dec 2020 1:00 PM | Eric Mason (Administrator)

    The fall 2020 issue of SDC can now be read online. We also have a new archives structure that allows you to  download individual pdfs of articles from this issue, in addition to the pdf of the entire issue, and will be updating our past issues over the next few months to allow for this as well.

    Enjoy these texts in SDC 24.2:

    • "Hosting a Conference: The Ultimate Team-Building Activity," Jaclyn Wells (SWCA 2020 Conference Chair)
    • "Come Here, and You will Grow: Connecting Writing Development with Writing Center Practices", Dana Driscoll (SWCA 2020 Keynote Speaker)
    • "Leveling the Playing Field in Composition? Findings from a Writing Fellow Pilot," Candis Bond
    • "Expanding Your Boundary: Improving Writing Services to LGBTQ+ and Black Students through Satellite Locations," Erika Nelson
    • "When Writing Centers Collaborate with Athletics: The CAMSA Program at Francis Marion University," Lindsey Banister and Meredith Reynolds
    • "Course Embedded Tutoring, New Genres, and the Small College Environment: An Exploration and Reflection," Emma Masur
    • "Extending a Helping Hand: Increasing Visibility for The University Writing Center at the University of West Georgia," Duane Theobald
    • Review of Theories and Methods of Writing Center Studies: A Practical Guide, reviewed by James Hamby
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