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NCWCA CONFERENCE 2014:
Playing to, from, and with Our Strengths: Authorizing Centers and Students


Thank you to everyone who attended for making the 2014 NCWCA Conference such a rousing success!


Conference Information

Location
Sonoma State University
1801 E. Cotati Ave.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Dates and Times
Pre-Conference Workshop:
Friday, April 4th: 1:00 - 4:30PM
Main Conference:
Saturday, April 5th: 9AM - 5PM

Conference Organizers:
Scott L. Miller, Ph.D., Director
Sonoma State Writing Center
Schulz 3047
707-664-4402

Sheryl Cavales Doolan, Coordinator
Santa Rosa Junior College Writing Center
Emeritus 1655 (Office located at SRJC)
707-527-4429

Loriann Negri, Coordinator
Sonoma State Writing Center
Schulz 1103
707-664-2629

Katie Pinkston and John B. Kincheloe, Assistant Directors
Sonoma State Writing Center
Schulz 1103
707-664-4401

When we are young, imagination allows us to define ourselves; in turn our first writings are free from notions of “goodness” and “correctness.” Writing centers have long defined themselves as places that welcome this spirit of writing, apart from disempowering dogmas and punitive judgments, and apart from the normal regime of academic writing that often de-authorizes writers. The Writing Center has the power to serve instead as a play-space. Here the confines of administrative infringement (standards and current-tradition) have no home; rather our goal is to re-authorize students to approach their writer-identities with a renewed sense of freedom. However, this definition of our identity as a writing-utopia presents many conceptual and practical problems, and there are many barriers to achieving it.

For the 2014 Convention of the Northern California Writing Centers Association, we invite proposals that share with fellow members of the NCWCA how your centers have played to, from, and with your many strengths. Each center, bringing its unique institutional heritage and role, offers its own strengths in the constant bid to authorize and re-authorize students as writers. Please come to the Northern California wine country in spring of 2014 to share with your colleagues some ways you have engaged this mission. We of course gladly accept proposals covering many concerns faced by centers today, but we are especially interested in questions like these:

  • What kinds of tutoring practices best promote the imagination and playfulness of student writers?
  • What ways can we use technology to foster writer identity and playfulness?
  • In what ways have institutional, academic, or administrative agendas infringed on your utopian dreams?
  • How can we playfully grow the relationship between us and the communities we serve?
  • How can we marry our spiritual philosophy with our pragmatic duty to help students navigate academia?
  • In what ways can the students and clientele of WCs serve each other?


  • Pre-Conference Workshop (Friday, April 4th 1 - 4:30PM): Building Curricula and Extra-curricula through Creative Approaches to WC Work

    Workshop Leaders: Kevin Dvorak, Scott Miller, and staff members of the SSU Writing Center

    Creative play is essential for learning—but it is not always valued within academic contexts. This workshop aims to equip participants with both strategies for energizing WC curricula through creative activities and arguments for supporting those activities to relevant constituencies. Please note: The workshop is generally designed for writing center directors and coordinators, but anyone is welcome to attend.

    Keynote Speaker: Kevin Dvorak, Ph.D.

  • Kevin Dvorak is an Associate Professor and Writing Center / WAC Coordinator at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale.
  • He is President of the International Writing Centers Association and former president of the Southeastern Writing Center Association.
  • His co-edited book, Creative Approaches to Writing Center Work (Hampton, 2008), won the 2009 IWCA Outstanding Book / Major Work Award. His writing has appeared in The Writing Center Director’s Resource, ESL Writers: A Guide for Writing Center Tutors, The Successful High School Writing Center: Building the Best Program with Your Students, The Writing Center Journal, Praxis, and Academic Exchange Quarterly.
  • Dvorak started his writing center career at Sonoma State University’s Writing Center, where he worked as a tutor and Graduate Assistant Director while earning his master’s degree. His first conference presentation was delivered at the 2001 Northern California Writing Centers Association Conference, and he is now happy to return to his writing center home.

  • Click the button below to download a PDF copy of Dr. Dvorak's Keynote Speech PowerPoint Presentation!



    Click the button below to download a PDF copy of the Conference Program!



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