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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

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Call for Proposals


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.

Program Format

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

the following types of presentation:​


20 min. presentation (that will be combined into a panel presentation by the program chairs)


50 min. interactive session that engages attendees, i.e. collaborative work, discussions, games, tasks, etc. to prompt collaboration and discussion.

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

Submission CLOSED


2020 rooms are reserved at the following location:

(please indicate you are with the "MiWCA Conference" for discounted rate)


Baymont Inn & Suites - Auburn Hills

1294 North Updyke Rd., Auburn Hills, MI. 48326

2.5 miles from university

Website     (248) 373-2228

The following are hotels also near Oakland University.

Extended Stay America - Auburn Hills, University Drive

3315 University Dr., Auburn Hills, MI. 48326

0.4 miles from university

Website     (248) 340-8888

Quality Inn - Auburn Hills

1461 Opdyke Rd., Auburn Hills, MI. 48326

2.0 miles from university

Website     (248) 370-9590

Extended Stay America - Auburn Hills, Featherstone 

2100 Featherstone Rd., Auburn Hills, MI. 48326

2.7 miles from university

Website     (248) 355-5200





High School Tutors - $10

College/University Tutors - $20

Writing Center Administrators/Professionals - $50

Campus Directions

Directions to Oakland University

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

Advertisement Opportunities


Advertise in our program and on our website!

This year, we are offering the following types of advertisement:

Writing Center


*2.5"x3.5" shout-out to colleagues, tutors, or centers*


Quarter-Page Ad

*5"x3.5" ad*


Half-Page Ad

*5"x7.5" ad*


Full-Page Ad

*10.5"x7.5" ad*


*All ads will be featured in our program and on our website!*

Please fill out the following form to submit your ad.

We will confirm your ad upon review of your form.

Information on payment will be sent at that time.



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

Oakland University
Breakfast Bar
Keynote Address
The OU Writing Center
Raffle Items
Lunch sponsored by Applebee's
Thank you from the OUWC!
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