CFP: Tuning into Writing Centers (10/1/06; SWCA, 2/8/07-2/10/07)

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Trixie Smith
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Southeastern Writing Center Association 2007 Conference
"Static and (dis)Harmony: Tuning into Writing Centers in the Music City"

February 8-10, 2007
DoubleTree Hotel Downtown - Nashville, TN
Keynote Speaker-Elizabeth Boquet

Music City, U.S.A., serves as the perfect location to discuss the issues of
noise, sound, static, and silence in the writing center. Home of the Grand
Ole Opry, Nashville serves as the center of country music but also supports
jazz, blues, bluegrass, and gospel. Songwriters, publishers, producers,
artists all come to Nashville to learn the business, whether in school,
hands-on in the studio, one-on-one with mentors, or even through observation
in the local bars.

Proposals due October 1, 2006.
Tutors of all education levels, directors, administrators, and all other
members of the writing center community are welcome to submit proposals.
First-time presenters are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

Writing centers can be noisy, chaotic, and downright rowdy. But what is
happening in all of that noise? Communication. By talking and listening to
each other, we all can improve our writing and the approaches we take in our
own writing centers. In her book Noise from the Writing Center, Elizabeth
Boquet examines and filters this noise in order to find "the relationship
between noise [including static] and music in an attempt to hear again what
tutors, students, and colleagues have been saying (and writing) about the
institutional context of writing centers and about the pedagogical moments
taking place in our writing centers (in other words, the feedback)" (4). As
2007's keynote speaker, Boquet will motivate us to listen to our own
tutoring sessions, staff members, and to one another in order to better the
writing center field and our centers in general.

Some possible topics to consider for this conference include, but are not
limited to:
The purpose of conversing about writing
Songwriters (and other creative genres) in the writing center
The writing center as stage or platform
The sound of the writing center environment
(Mis)communication within the writing center
The effects of gender on writing center session dynamics
Silence in the writing center
How to make administrative noise to get what a center needs

We encourage submissions for 75-minute panels, roundtables, or workshops;
20-minute, individual papers to be shared within a 75-minute session; or
poster presentations in hour-long increments. Individual papers will be
grouped with two other, 20-minute papers about related topics whenever
possible with a 15-minute period at the end for questions

All submissions should be submitted via the website by October 1, 2006. For
any questions or concerns, please e-mail More info at

Dr. Trixie G. Smith
Director, University Writing Center
Director, Middle Tennessee Writing Project
Dept. of English, Box 70
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Office: PH 351
Phone/Voice mail 615-904-8153
Fax: 615-898-5098
UWC Phone: 615-904-8237

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