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SWCA - Virginia

The Virginia chapter of the SWCA, founded in June 2013, is a collaborative group of writing, communication, and learning center support administrators from across the state. Members share resources about tutoring and teaching writing with the purpose of advancing our professional development. We meet twice annually, typically in early June and September/October. Coordinators from high schools, community colleges, and public and private colleges and universities are welcome at our meetings. There is no cost to attend, and lunch is included.

Our state representative is Lori Jacobson, Director of the Writing Resources Center at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She has been attending SWCA-VA meetings since June 2016. She can be reached at

SWCA-VA Representative (2021-2023)
Lori Jacobson, College of William & Mary

SWCA-VA is proud to be supported by members from the following institutions:

  • Appalachian School of Law
  • Christopher Newport University
  • College of William & Mary
  • Eastern Mennonite College
  • Jefferson College of Health
  • Longwood University
  • New River Community College
  • Northern Virginia Community College
  • Piedmont Virginia Community College
  • Randolph-Macon College
  • Roanoke College
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Tech
  • University of Virginia's College at Wise

SWCA-VA Events

    • 11 Nov 2023
    • online

    Join us for

    Virginia Tutor Collaboration Day (TuColla-VA 2023)

    WHEN: Saturday, November 11, 2023

    WHERE: Virtual Conference

    Hosted by the William & Mary Writing Resources Center.

    The SWCA-VA invites writing center tutors to submit proposals for TuColla-VA 2023. The theme for this year’s conference is “Finding Our Place.”

    The authors of the book The Everyday Writing Center (2007), identify writing centers as “communities of practice.” Such communities form when members commit to common goals, engage in shared efforts and experiences, and feel empowered to be both teachers and learners who can shape and challenge the group’s values and norms. Members of a community of practice feel invested in its success and see profound meaning in its work. Scholar Brooklyn Walter extends this point when she argues that, in order to effect positive social change in their institutions, writing centers must also become “critical communities” that “[cultivate] brave, bold, and creative work with student-writers.” Critical communities are formed intentionally, with the goal of supporting and sustaining efforts at social change through appropriate guidance, strategies, motivation, and reflection.

    At the 2023 Virginia Tutor Collaboration Day, we will focus on this idea of writing centers as intentional communities, as locations where individuals (both those who use our services and those who provide them) are invited to “find their place.”

    Our conference theme is purposefully broad in order to invite a range of session topics. Download the CFP to get ideas to spark your thinking.

    Check out the Call for Proposals

    Submit a Proposal (due Oct. 2)

    Register to Attend (due Nov 10)


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