2018 Tutor Conference

The 2018 Southern California Writing Centers Association Tutor Conference — the organization’s 14th — was held at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California on Saturday, March 3, 2018. The 2018 conference theme is:

Connecting with Purpose

Connections are central to writing center work: between tutor and student, between concept and execution, and across genres, disciplines, and departments. This year’s conference asks us to question and confirm these connections. The conference organizers intend for participants and presenters to leave with new or renewed connections to each other, and to the meaning and value of their writing center work.

Questions you might consider as you develop your proposal; use them to aid, not limit, your thinking::

  • What is the purpose of a writing center in facilitating connections across campus—connections around service, scholarship, support, learning, advocacy, development, professionalization?
  • How can tutors help facilitate students in making their own connections between current and future writing projects?
  • Who are we connecting with when we involve ourselves in supporting writers and promoting literacy education outside the classroom?
  • Are there types of connections that writing centers should resist fostering? Or seek to promote?


Click here to view the Call for Proposals online and here to download the conference poster. Proposals were due no later than November 3rd, 2017.

The SoCal WCA tutor conference presentations are offered by tutors, for tutors, so we encourage proposals from any staff who work directly with student writers. The conference will offer a parallel set of meetings and presentations for writing center administrators.