Sunday, July 03, 2005

WPA???? I thought the program said IWCA!!!!!

Just kidding, folks . . . your humble narrator did indeed knowingly come to Anchorage Alaska for the WPA workshop/conference. My reasons for coming to WPA this particular year have to do with my move to the University of Delaware, where I’ll be starting this fall as a Director of Writing and member of the English faculty. (This position includes directing the writing center, so don’t think the writing center community is getting rid of me that easily! I’ll still be at IWCA this fall.)

While I’ve waited a whiles, I’ve wanted to come to the WPA conference in the past, but never found the time (and by “time,” I mean money). I’ve wondered how the “other half lived” at WPA, but the travel money attached to my administrative work sent me to the Cs and to IWCA, the conferences most directly related to my position as a writing center director.

I wonder how many of us find ourselves in this position: we’d like to broaden our participation in the varieties writing program conferences (WAC, Comp, TechWriting) but lack the time or other resources to do so? What opportunities we (I) miss by going to the same conferences every year? I think the support offered by our most immediate professional community at these conferences is crucial, but so is the cross-pollination of ideas available in a broader community of scholars. Maybe we’d benefit from something the Alliance of Rhetoric Societies, which promotes interdisciplinary work among rhetoric scholars? Or maybe not?

But, in reality, many of us are lucky if we get funded to see our colleagues at a single regional or national conference each year. Accordingly, my goal this week is to impart some sense of WPA from a writing center p.o.v . . . now, I'm off for a quick nap before things start up!

Until later, Melissa

Whoops! Wrong conference photo!


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