By: Joseph Oliveri
Western will host the annual Northeast Writing Centers Association conference from Saturday, March 30 through Sunday, March 31.
The NEWCA conference, which will be held on Midtown Campus, will center around the theme “Voices of Engagement: The Roles Writing Centers Play in Making Writing Meaningful,” in response to a study, The Meaningful Writing Project by Michelle Eodice, Anne Ellen Geller, and Neal Lerner. Geller (St. John’s University) and Lerner (Northeastern University) will speak at the conference on the 30.
WCSU’s Writing Center coordinator, Dr. Kelli Custer, associate professor of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process, is hosting this year’s NEWCA gathering. Custer said she is expecting up to 350 attendees.
Custer told The Echo, that presenters are, “student tutors, faculty, and administrators,” and attendees will travel from Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.
Adjacent to the “Voices of Engagement” theme, presentations will cover issues such as working across cultures, multilingual writers, and theory-driven methods to engage writers.
“Successful conferences are ones that generate conversation. That’s why we encourage all voices,” Custer said.
NEWCA is a regional affiliate of the International Writing Centers Association. IWCA has affiliates throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East.
Custer has directed Western’s Writing Center since 2014 in the Ruth Haas Library on Midtown Campus. It operates Monday through Thursday, as well as Sunday, and employs eleven students from various disciplines as writing consultants.
All WCSU students are encouraged to come for free writing consultations on any writing project for any class, as well as cover letters and applications.