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  • 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
  • 12 Dec 2020 10:00 AM | Eric Mason (Administrator)

    REGISTER nOW for the SWCA 2021 Conference

    We're excited to see you at the 2021 conference. This year, you can register as an individual, or your center director can register a group from your center at a discounted rate. Either way, all registrants will receive information as the conference approaches about how to access conference sessions online.

    Please note:

    • "Member" and "Institutional Member" registration options will only be available if you are logged in. The button to log in is near the upper right of every page on this site.

    • Even if you have been accepted as a conference presenter, you still need to register.
    • Individual registration: Member: $15; Non-Member: $20

    • Group registration: see the Registration page for details

  • 04 Dec 2020 11:16 AM | Eric Mason (Administrator)

    Call for Nominations Posted for
    SWCA 2021 Featured Keynote Panel

    In lieu of the traditional keynote address, the 2021 Southeastern Writing Center Association (SWCA) virtual conference will feature a keynote panel dedicated to elevating the voices, experiences, and practices of undergraduate and graduate tutors who identify as Black/African American. The SWCA board invites nominations (including self-nominations) for Black/African American-identifying student-tutors to participate as featured panelists for the fully-online 2021 SWCA Conference, “Trauma and Transformation,” to amplify voices often silenced yet most impacted by structural racism. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Talisha Hatiwanger Morrison, who will work with panelists to develop a list of questions that will frame their roundtable discussion.

    With Dr. Morrison, panelists will

    • Title the featured keynote panel.
    • Develop questions for discussion.
    • Prepare remarks.

    Nomination Process

    We invite writing center administrators to nominate Black/African American student-tutors to participate on this featured keynote panel. Self-identified Black/African American student-tutors, both undergraduate and graduate, may nominate themselves. Submit nominations here.

    Please include the following with your submission:

    • The nominee’s name, pronouns, email address, home institution, and role
    • Nomination type (writing center administrator, self-nomination, or other)
    • Nominator’s name and email address (if not self-nominated)
    • A150-word rationale for the nomination, including proposed fit or contributions to the panel.

    If self-nominated, please include a list of questions or topics the nominee suggests for discussion.

    Download this Call for Nominations to share with colleagues.

    Nominations are due via this form by December 31 by 11:59 PM.


  • 25 Nov 2020 10:12 AM | Eric Mason (Administrator)

    Dear colleagues,

    Given the rush around the end of the semester, we've decided to extend the deadline to propose to the 2021 Southeastern Writing Center association virtual conference to Thursday, December 10, 2020. 

    You can see the CFP and proposal information here: https://southeasternwritingcenter.wildapricot.org/conference

    Please feel free to reach out to Janine Morris (jmorris2@nova.edu) with any questions.

    We look forward to your proposals!

    Best,

    SWCA Executive Board 

  • 30 Oct 2020 8:40 AM | Eric Mason (Administrator)

    Dear Colleagues, 

    The deadline for SWCA Tutor and Achievement Awards has been extended to Monday, November 9, 2020.

    Please direct questions and nominations to Megan Minarich (megan.l.minarich@vanderbilt.edu). 

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    Call for Award Nominations

    Nominations for SWCA awards are due by Monday, November 9, 2020

    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 October 31 of the year in which they are nominated. 


  • 29 Oct 2020 1:15 PM | Eric Mason (Administrator)

    This year’s SWCA-Florida Tutor Collaboration Day will take place Friday, November 13th from 9:15 am - 11:30 am. It will be held virtually and is free to attend!

    This year’s TCD will bring together tutors, consultants, and writing centers across the state to discuss the challenge of creating change and how we can continue to evolve our centers. There will be eight sessions to choose from lasting 30 minutes each where we discuss some of the larger issues that we face as writing centers such as social justice, diversity, and inclusion. Each session will ask participants to collaborate and generate ideas that they would like to see in their writing centers.

    We look forward to seeing you on November 13!

    For login information, register here: https://forms.gle/eAc5TFsEoS9vTzaF8


  • 28 Oct 2020 1:18 PM | Eric Mason (Administrator)

    Please join us for our fall SWCA-KY event and invite your writing center colleagues.

    Crafting Conference Proposals Workshop

    Facilitated by Dr. Scott Whiddon

    Workshop Description

    This workshop will focus on 1) reflecting on our challenges and choices as writing center professionals during this time of crisis and then 2) using those experiences to help create proposals for the upcoming SWCA conference.

    This workshop is open to anyone involved with KY Writing Centers to attend -- so, please encourage your undergrad staffers, your grad students, and/or your assistant directors to be part of what I hope will be a thoughtful conversation. 

    We'll use our time to look carefully at the CFP and then to do some brainstorming about our current and recent work in our respective programs. In the end, participants will have the beginnings of a conference proposal draft. 

    It is my hope that we can use this time to demystify conference proposal drafting (especially for folks who might feel less than confident about writing center research) and to encourage each other to showcase their efforts at SWCA. Despite my regrets about us not being able to gather in Memphis (one of my favorite cities for food and music!), I think this could potentially be the biggest and most accessible SWCA ever. I'd love to see a record number of KY WC's represented.

    Also, thank you to Dr. Rusty Carpenter for hosting this workshop via Zoom and speaking about our spring event focused on SWCA CARE.


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