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:
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 |

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:


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

Time Left to Register!

If you have not registered for the Iowa Writing Center Consortium 2013 Retreat yet, don’t forget to do so We look forward to seeing everyone next Friday in Fayette, Iowa.

Enclosed are links to maps that may assist you in getting here.

The Consortium will take place on Upper Iowa University’s Fayette, IA, campus (  Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Student Center. The Explore Fayette link on the left side of the consortium web page will allow you to access a campus map ( On it, you will be able to identify Washington Street, the Student Center, and the parking lot beside the Student Center off of Washington Street, identified with the letter G on the map. Another location for parking is identified with an F, off of Union Street and near the afternoon location of Consortium events. You are welcome to park in either lot.

Please let me know if you need any more information.

Caroline Ledeboer
UIU Writing Center Director
Phone: (563)425-5854

Take this Survey for Presentation at 2013 IWCC

Three tutors from the Monmouth College Writing Center will be giving a presentation on vocation in the Writing Center.  We are curious to get a better idea of your tutors’ background and experience on our topic, so we can cater our presentation accordingly.  You can find our survey, along with IRB information, at the following link:

Thank you for sharing this survey with your tutors!  We look forward to seeing you in Fayette on April 5th.

Reminder:Iowa Writing Center Consortium 2013, Call for Proposals

Just a note to remind everyone that the proposal submission date for the 2013 Iowa Writing Center Consortium is January 15, and only a few weeks away. (See Nov. post below) While we will be on break the next couple of weeks, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to forward them to us. A registration page for the conference with all the information you may need will also be set up by the end of January, if possible.

Happy Holidays!

Caroline Ledeboer
Writing Center Director
Upper Iowa University