Unbound: The Un-CFP
University of New Hampshire | Durham, NH | April 1-2, 2023

Keynote Speaker
Clarissa Walker
Rhode Island College

Clarissa J. Walker, PhD directs the Rhode Island College Writing Center and is an instructor for the college’s First Year Writing program. Her research suggests African American storycraft as a framework for actionable anti-racism work, curriculum development, and programming. She is interested in writing center pedagogies that employ multimodal storytelling and the taxonomies of story in student writing, an interest born from her 10-plus years in print journalism. She has led professional development workshops at the Duke University TWP Writing Studio, curriculum development workshops in rhetoric and composition at the University of Rhode Island, and was recently a presenter for the OWCA (Online Writing Center Association) speaker series. To build public engagement, Clarissa bridges her scholarship with multiple “grassroots” communities as the host of the Story Culture Live podcast, which launched in July 2022.

Call for Proposals
Proposals due January 2, 2023

In the spirit of this year’s 2022 IWCA conference call, the NEWCA steering committee invites proposals in an open call for our annual conference, coming April 1-2, 2023. Instead of a traditional themed event, we offer up an opportunity to share what’s going on in your Centers and spaces, your work as writing center professionals, administrators, tutors, practitioners, and beyond.

The potential for topics is unlimited, but if you need some direction, possible broad categories could include:

  • Approaches to Feedback
  • Archival Work and Histories
  • Cultivating Communities
  • Defining Practice
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives
  • Institutional Relationships and/or Legacies
  • Labor
  • Language
  • Learning Communities
  • Multilingual Learners
  • Research and Methods
  • Social Justice
  • Theory
  • Tutor Training Programs (graduate and undergraduate)

We hope that you feel inspired to share your goals, research, insights, experiences, and practices with us. In order to include more voices and perspectives in our ongoing discussions, we especially encourage tutors and first-time presenters to send in proposals, as well as writing center workers for community colleges and high schools. After a long hiatus due to COVID, we are looking forwards to seeing you all again (and some of you for the first time) in person next April.

Registration fees will be as follows: 

  • Full-time Faculty/Staff: $150
  • Part-time Faculty/Staff: $100
  • Student: $50
  • Sunday-only: $25
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