Saturday, October 21st, 2017
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Oakland University
Rochester, MI.

Writing Center 2.0:

Navigating Writing Center Services

Within and Beyond What Is to What Can Be

Program Format

The 2017 MiWCA Ideas Exchange will be organized in 50-minute sessions and welcome

the following types of presentation:​

Proposal Submission Deadline EXTENDED: Friday, September 29th, 2017

Writing Center 2.0:

Navigating WC Services Within and Beyond What Is to What Can Be


In “Faces, Factories, and Warhols:  A r(Evoluntionary) Future for Writing Centers,” Ben Rafoth’s 2015 keynote address to the International Writing Centers Association, he encouraged the audience to interrogate our core beliefs about the writing center’s parameters, purview, and practice. In so doing, we become BOTH liberated AND obligated to consider not only what has been but also what can be.


During the last two years, centers like our own have sought to do just that: to move beyond center-based consulting, to explore new iterations of our services, and to seek novel partnerships as well as to resist easy polemics like writer versus product and direct versus indirect. This year, we seek conference proposals that explore the possibilities and the problems of such a rhetorical and literal expansion of the writing center’s mission, space, pedagogy, etc., whether or not the momentum for change has been self-driven or externally mandated.


Concurrent sessions will be 50 minutes each with a 10-minute break for movement to the next, allocated as follows:

  • Two separate 20-minute presentations followed by 10 minutes for questions.

  • One workshop devoted to in-depth examination of the conference theme or professional learning for administrators and/or consultants.




High School Tutors - $10

College/University Tutors - $20

Writing Center Administrators/Professionals - $50

Oakland University is located in southeastern Michigan between Flint and Detroit. The 1,441-acre campus actually extends into two cities, Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills, between Adams Road and Squirrel Road, just south of Walton Boulevard.


2200 North Squirrel Rd.

Rochester, Michigan, 48309  

From I-75
I-75 to Exit 79 (University Drive)
East about one mile to Squirrel Road

From M-59 East (from Pontiac)
M-59 past Wide Track Drive
Stay in left lane, follow sign to University Drive
Turn right on University Drive
East about four miles to Squirrel Road

From M-59 West (from Rochester)
M-59 to Squirrel Road Exit
North on Squirrel Road about three miles

North Foundation Hall (#12)


South Foundation Hall (#11)
Session rooms

Kresge Library (#4)

Home of Oakland University Writing Center

Campus Map

Directions to Oakland University

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8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


8:00 a.m. Welcome Reception

8:30-9:15 a.m. Keynote Address

9:30-10:20 a.m. Session A

10:30-11:20 a.m. Session B

11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Session C

12:30-2:00 p.m. Luncheon

2:00-2:50 p.m. Session D

MiWCA Board Meeting

3:00-3:50 p.m. Session E



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