A Big Success For SSU’s Writing Center Conference

On Saturday, April 5, SSU’s Writing Center hosted a wildly successful conference for the Northern California Writing Centers Association. A total of 150 writing center directors, coordinators, tutors, and faculty members from universities, community colleges, and high schools around Northern California and Nevada participated in a full day of presentations and workshops related to writing center administration, tutoring, and composition pedagogy. The theme, Playing to, from and with Our Strengths: Authorizing Centers and Students, generated dynamic workshops and presentations about everything from the influence of personality types on tutorial sessions to using Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) in the composition classroom to creating a welcoming environment for linguistically diverse student populations. Many of the workshops also focused on the roles of creativity and play in writing center work.

The conference’s keynote speaker, Dr. Kevin Dvorak, is the current president of the International Writing Centers Association and an SSU alum! He served as assistant director of the SSU Writing Center while completing his master's in English. Currently an associate professor and Writing Center/WAC Coordinator at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, he completed his Ph.D at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Dvorak’s address, “The Art of Writing Center Work: Drawing On and Playing t Our Strengths,” examined “ways in which writing centers determine their strengths and build upon them in order to provide spaces that empower tutors, students, and communities.”

The event was held in the Student Center and was co-sponsored by Ink Tank! (the SSU Writing Center’s literary journal), Academic Affairs, the International Writing Centers Association, and the Northern California Writing Centers Association.

To learn more about the conference, and view the program and conference photos, please visit the website at http://www.sonoma.edu/writingcenter/ncwca2014/.

ABOVE: Some of the SSU Writing Center staff after a long, successful day of conference hosting