2017 Conference Schedule


Boat: Negotiating & Adapting to Institutional Change
Moore: Negotiating the Personal with Writing Center Students
Weller: Investigating—and Increasing—Consultant and Clientele Diversity at a Writing Center

Boat: Straddling Academic Realms
Moore: Learning Language through Writing: Three Perspectives on Spanish Writing Tutoring
Weller: “So What Do You Do Anyway?” Faculty Impressions of the Writing Center
Van Emmerik: Negotiating & Adapting Tutoring Techniques

10:50-11:15 AM BREAK

Boat: Negotiating and Adapting in Writing Center Community Outreach and IRB-approved
Research: You Can’t Always Get What You Want
Moore: No Right Way to Write: Negotiating Marginalization to Affirm Student Writers
Weller: Stories and Statistics: A Dual Approach to Writing Center Adaptation

Walking Tour: meet at 1:10 outside Annex

Boat: Negotiating Misconceptions of/in the Writing Center
Moore: Negotiation & Adaptation in Peer Tutoring Dynamics
Weller: We Write Differently in Our Field! Developing a Linguistic Corpus to Help
Graduate Students Write in the Disciplines



Register for the IWCC Conference

Registration for the Iowa Writing Center Consortium Conference on April 7, 2017 is now available! Please follow this link to the registration page. We will have more information in the coming weeks.

Directions to Central College:
The Central College campus is located in Pella, Iowa just 40 miles southeast of Des Moines on Highway 163 and 22 miles south of I-80. The Visitor’s Parking Lot is located on University Ave.


Directions to Central
From the north:
Take exit 173, Kellogg/Sully off I-80. Drive south on T-14, following the signs to Pella. At Pella, T-14 turns into Main Street, continue south until you reach University Ave. Turn right on University. You will cross Broadway St. and the visitor’s parking is on the left hand side of the road.


From the east:
From Highway 102, drive until you reach the stop sign at Hazel Street. Turn left and follow the curve to the stoplight at Main Street. Turn left onto Main Street, continue south until you reach University Ave. Turn right on University. You will cross Broadway St. and the visitor’s parking is on the left hand side of the road.


From the southeast:
From Highway 163 take exit 42, turn right and head north and drive to
Oskaloosa Street. Turn left and follow the road around to University Street. Turn left on University. You will cross Broadway St. and the visitor’s parking is on the left hand side of the road.


From the southwest:
Take T-15 across the dam over Lake Red Rock. Turn right onto Idaho Dr. (first road on right after dam) and take into Pella. Idaho turns into University St. Visitor’s parking is on the right hand side of the road right after West 1st. St.


From the west:
Take Highway 163 to exit 40, turn left. This is Washington St. Take into town and turn right onto Broadway Street. Drive south to University Ave. Turn right. The visitor’s parking lot is directly on your left.


Campus Map

Hotels in Pella

Proposal Due Date Coming Soon!

We hope you have had a wonderful break and are ready (or getting ready) for spring semester! 

Please remember that proposals for the Iowa Writing Center Consortium conference are due on January 27, 2017, by 11:59 pm! The CFP is attached here. Please feel free to share this CFP with anyone who may not be on our mailing list.

We will also have a limited number of poster slots available for a poster session, so if you (or your tutors) would like to participate in a poster session, please email Sue Pagnac separately. At this time, each college can present 2 posters for the poster session. 

Registration information will be out soon. 

Iowa Writing Center Consortium Conference 2017

Please join us on April 7, 1017, for the Iowa Writing Center Consortium conference! We will be meeting in Pella on the Central College campus. The theme for the conference is Negotiation and Adaptation in the Writing Center.

The Call for Papers (CFP) is linked here. Feel free to share the CFP with anyone who might be interested. Details about registration, housing, and food options will be coming soon.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

MWCA conference

I hope you can join us March 3-5 for the MWCA conference in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Brad Hughes will be our keynote speaker, and we are pleased to offer three free pre-conference workshops. Get information here: http://midwestwritingcenters.org/conference/2016/
The conference schedule and workshop abstracts are attached.

Hotel rooms are still available at the Cedar Rapids Doubletree Conference Center. Be sure to reserve your room by Feb. 6 in order to take advantage of the MWCA conference rate.

Click here to book your room now.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
All the best,
Laura Farmer
2016 MWCA Conference Chair
Laura Farmer | Writing Studio Director and Fellowship Director| 319.895.4509 | cornellcollege.edu

IWCC 2015!

It is exciting we all meet this Friday for IWCC 2015! I am writing to send out the final schedule and other logistics. I am resending the registration link to the conference—please forward it to your panel members or other presenters from your institution in case their email is not in the IWCC list.

Here is the overall schedule (For presentation schedule, please check attachment)

8:30 am:           Check-in (Pioneer Room, 3rd floor, Memorial Union)
9:00-9:50:         Opening Session/Discussion
10:00-11:50:    Presentations
12:00-12:45:    Lunch
12:45-1:15:      Campus Tour
1:30-3:20:        Presentations
3:30-4:30:        Debrief/Closing Session

Registration for the conference

Here is the link:


Other Payment Options

Check: Make a check out to Iowa State University, College of Business
In Person: Pay at the Check-in door: Pioneer Room, 3rd floor, Memorial Union

For those attendees who haven’t informed me yet, please let me know if you plan to have lunch at the conference, so we can order accordingly.

Hotel Booking: We have rooms in the Memorial Union Under group block: IWCC2015

Iowa State University Memorial Union
Iowa State University
2229 Lincoln Way | Ames, IA 50011-1130
Hotel Main Desk: 515-296-6848


Parking: Please park in the Memorial Union Ramp. Your parking permit will be included in the conference materials. I am attaching photos of the ramp entry.

I am looking forward to all of you. Safe travels!



Reminder: IWCC Proposals due Jan 31, 2015

Hello everyone,

Hope everyone feels settled into the semester!

The proposal deadline for IWCC is approaching soon, so here is a gentle reminder to send in your proposals if you haven’t done so yet.

In case you plan to make hotel reservations, the rooms are in the Memorial Union, the same building as the conference presentation. The have a group block under IWCC2015. Here is their contact info:

Website: http://www.mu.iastate.edu/en/hotel_memorial_union/

Tel: 515-296-6848, 800-433-3449

Some details regarding the proposal submission: Sessions will be 50 minutes long, and proposals of various formats—workshops, roundtable discussions, or any other creative design—are welcome. Proposals should be 250 words or fewer and in addition should include the following:

  • session title
  • format of presentation
  • A/V equipment needs
  • Special room needs, such as multiple laptops for workshops

Proposal Information (click here)

Looking forward to hearing from you!


Abhijit Rao, Ph.D.

Call for Proposals: 2015 Iowa Writing Center Consortium

Dear Writing Center Colleagues,

Please find attached the call for proposals for the 2015 Iowa Writing Center Consortium conference, to be held at Iowa State University on March 27, 2015. Please forward this CFP to anyone who would be interested in presenting or attending the conference: center directors, staff, peer consultants, professional consultants, graduate students. All are encouraged to submit.

I shall send details regarding registration and hotel reservations in a week.

The writing center community at Iowa State looks forward to seeing all of you in Ames next spring!

Abhijit Rao, Ph.D.

Iowa Writing Center Consortium Conference 2014

Registration is now open for the Iowa Writing Center Consortium Conference 2014 on Friday, April 4. Emails regarding acceptance to present at the conference have been sent, and a conference schedule will be created and uploaded to the registration site and to the IWCC blog as soon as all presenters have informed me if they are coming. I have included all the contacts I could find in this email, but please forward this registration link on to any and all interested parties! Remember, this isn’t just a conference for directors. This is for anyone who works in a Writing Center: directors, professional staff, graduate consultants, undergraduate consultants, and anyone else interested in the work of Iowa’s Writing Centers!
Please click on the link below to register. All the information needed for registration can be found on the page, including a map for where the conference is located and information regarding lodging–at a discounted rate! Make sure you mention that you are a guest of Morningside College to receive the discounted rate. A final bit of information about the event: we know many of you will be traveling across the state for this conference, thus Ryan and I decided to plan a couple events forThursday afternoon/evening for anyone who is here and at a loss for what to do. In the afternoon, we are planning a prairie walk on the Nature Preserve at Briar Cliff’s campus, and in the evening we will hold an open mic poetry/short fiction/short nonfiction reading at a local art gallery/restaurant.
We can’t wait to see you all in Sioux City!
David and Ryan

Call for Proposals for April 4 Conference

Please click the link for the call for proposals for the 2014 Iowa Writing Center Consortium conference, to be held at Morningside College (with the help of Briar Cliff University) on April 4, 2014. The page for registration isn’t quite completed yet, but information about registration and lodging will be forthcoming. Please disseminate this CFP to all interested parties: center directors, staff, peer consultants, professional consultants, graduate students, etc. All are encouraged to submit. We look forward to seeing all of you in Sioux City next spring!


David Elder, PhD

Writing Center Director
Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric
Morningside College