Call for CWCA Conference (due Jan. 10)

The Call for Proposals for the Canadian Writing Centres Association 2016 conference (Calgary, Alberta, May 26 and 27, 2016) has been posted on a handsome new conference website at The deadline for submission is January 10, 2016. Travel funding for a limited number of presenters will be available. More information will be added to the website as available.

Inkshed 31 Registration

A message from Roger Graves:

If you are planning to come to the Inkshed conference–more information here–please go to the link below to register. We’re trying to finalize numbers for food and drink, including a continental breakfast and afternoon social hour at the pub below.

To register for the conference, go to Registration ($100 regular/$50 student) includes all food.  Note: You can also pay your Inkshed (and CASDW) membership dues on this site.
We’re planning to workshop our current writing projects, including the Statement on Writing Centres and Staffing, a Google doc that anyone can read–if you want to help write the document, email and he’ll give you editing access. We think this will become an important document for those engaged in writing program administration across the country, and we hope you’ll have a look at it and contribute what you can to it.
We also plan to discuss the future of Inkshed at the AGM. If you can’t be there, consider sending comments to Brock MacDonald or any of the conference organizers (Roger Graves, Andrea Williams, or Deborah Tihanyi) and we’ll make sure your positions are presented.


CWCA May 29, Ottawa: Program and Registration

Theresa Hyland writes:

We have organized the 2015 conference of the Canadian Writing Centres Association around the theme of this year’s Congress — “Capital Ideas” — and our programme includes sessions that explore the multiple meanings of “capital” in writing-centre practice: where we find the financial capital to fund our work; the social capital that is generated through partnerships between writing tutors and faculty; the cross-cultural capital gained through additional-language staff and student writers, and many other topics.

Our keynote speaker this year is Dr. Kathy Absolon-King (Wilfrid Laurier University), who will share her research on holistic concepts of Indigenous health, learning, and community. More information about our conference (the programme and registration) is available at:
We are very excited about the programme, and hope you will consider coming!

Consortium on Graduate Communication: Toronto, March 25

The Consortium on Graduate Communication invites colleagues who provide instruction on academic writing and speaking to graduate students to attend the inaugural CGC Colloquium, with the theme of “Building Community,” on Wed. March 25, 2015 from 1:30 to 7:30 pm at the University of Toronto. The colloquium website gives details and a link for online registration: The registration fee is $50, or $25 for graduate students and part-time instructors. Please register before February 26.

The colloquium will feature keynote addresses by John Swales and Chris Feak (Michigan) and Jane Freeman (Toronto), and will provide opportunities for colleagues to share experiences, discuss current research, and forge new collaborations to strengthen support for graduate communication.

Created in April 2014, this new organization already has members from 25 countries (including Canada). It was formed to address issues related to creating, teaching and administering courses and programs for graduate students, providing training and professional development in academic speaking and writing, and advocating for this growing population.

Join us in Toronto between the AAAL/CAAL and TESOL conferences for a half-day of scholarly and professional development!