The 2018 EWCA Summer Retreat

Back Row: Íde O’Sullivan, Lisa Ganobcsik-Williams, Birgit Huemer, Doris Pany-Habsa, Franziska Liebetanz, Shareen Grogan, and Lawrence Cleary. Front row: Pam Bromley, Katrin Girgensohn and Annemieke Meijer. The man with the very long arms is Mario van de Visser.

On the 21st and 22nd of June, 2018, in an effort to move our association toward greater sustainability, three members of the EWCA board, the current EWCA Chair Franziska Liebetanz, Center for Key Competencies and Research Learning (ZSFL) Writing Center Head, Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany;  Doris Pany-Habsa, Head of the Writing Center, University of Graz, Austria;  and Lawrence Cleary, Educational Developer and Co-Director of the Regional Writing Centre, University Limerick, Ireland met with Lisa Ganobcsik-Williams, Head of Centre for Academic Writing, Coventry University, EATAW ex-officio board member and editor of the Journal of Academic Writing (JoAW), the journal of the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing); Íde O’Sullivan, Senior Educational Developer and Co-Director Regional Writing Centre, University Limerick, Ireland;

University Limerick straddling the River Shannon, Limerick, Ireland

Birgit Huemer, Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching (Academic German) University Luxembourg Language Centre; Shareen Grogan, Director, Writing and Math Centers at National University, San Diego, California and past President, IWCA; Alison Farrell, Teaching Development Officer in the Centre for Teaching and Learning and Head of the University’s Writing Centre, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Ireland; Pamela Bromley, Assistant Director of College Writing and Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations, Pomona College, California; Mario van de Visser, Instructor Division Academic Support Language Center coordinator of the Scriptorium, Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands; Annemieke Meijer is a lecturer and academic tutor at University College Utrecht, and the coordinator of UCU’s Writing & Skills Center, University College, Utrect, The Netherlands; and Katrin Girgensohn, Center for Key Competencies and Research Learning (ZSFL) Head, Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, past Chair Together, we developed a plan for the future with very concrete steps: EWCA and current Advisory Board member to the EWCA

EWCA Board opening the conversation

We had very good and helpful presentations about the EWCA, the IWCA (International Writing Center Association), the EATAW (European Association of Teaching Academic Writing) and the Writing Center Journal, and we had lovely Pecha Kuchas about the writing centers of all the contributors.

 

We spent two very productive and fruitful days thinking about our European Writing Center Association. We would like to say thank you to those who came all this way to Ireland to make contributions.

All those attending contributing to making the EWCA a more sustainable organisation

Together, we developed a plan for the future with very concrete steps:

  • In 2019, we will have an EWCA Summer Institute for writing center people at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. Details will be announced soon.
  • In 2020, we will have the EWCA Conference in Graz at the Karl-Franzens University. Doris Pany will host the conference. https://schreibzentrum.uni-graz.at/de/schreibzentrum/
  • We will continue our dialogue with the EATAW Board to collaborate on common issues and the needs of our members.
  • We will create a really simple website, which will also include the revised text of our Mission Statement.
  • Lastly, we would like to announce that our EWCA Board will be supported by Annemieke Meijer (Writing Center coordinator, University College Utrecht).
Back Row: Lisa Ganobcsik-Williams, Birgit Huemer, Doris Pany-Habsa, Franziska Liebetanz, Shareen Grogan, Mario van de Visser and Lawrence Cleary. Front row: Pam Bromley, Katrin Girgensohn and Annemieke Meijer

We look forward to moving forward with our objectives and to communicating further through our listserv and in the coming weeks and months.

University of Cologne issues an invitation to their upcoming 10th Write-Peer-Tutor * intern Conference

The University of Cologne has issued an invitation to their upcoming 10th Write-Peer-Tutor * intern Conference to be held from September 30th to October 2nd, 2017.

“We are looking forward to welcoming you to the SPTK in Cologne this year. We want to discuss the latest developments and experiences in the area of peer consulting with you, the writing staff from all over Germany and Europe.

A call for papers was issued as well on the topic of “Roles (conflicts) in the peer-writing advice”. Abstracts must be submitted by April 30th, 2017 to: sptk-2017@uni-koeln.de.

For more information: contact us by e-mail or telephone: 0221/470 38 14 or  sptk-2017 (at) uni-koeln.de. visit: http://www.schreibzentrum.phil-fak.uni-koeln.de/sptk2017.html