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Pacific Northwest Writing Centers Association

Virtual Conference

April 18 - 23 2021



Where Are We? Writing Centers as Sites of Existential Conundrums

The Pacific Northwest Writing Centers Association is gearing up for our 2021 Virtual Conference. A gallery of presentations will be available on this website starting Sunday, April 18th and we will host a live conference via Zoom on Friday, April 23rd.

We invite you to participate synchronously and asynchronously.

Synchronous Participation and Live Conference (Registration required.)
Our live conference will feature large-group events hosted by keynote speaker Dr. Justin Young, and small-group discussions in break-out rooms. 

Conference registrants can engage in live, chat-based conversation about presentations through our Discord server starting at 12pm PDT on Sunday the 18th through Friday, April 23rd at 5pm PDT. You do not need to attend day-of events to participate in synchronous conversation throughout the week! 

Register for the conference using this form to receive access to the synchronous discussion forum and Zoom link for the live conference. 

Asynchronous Participation (No registration required.)
Viewers of presentations can post comments or questions about presentations on this website. 

Media will be available on the conference website until the 2022 conference.

Presentations are live now on the Presentation Videos page. Check your email for Zoom and Discord access information or email Erik Echols at

Conference Agenda: Friday, April 23rd


9:30 --10:15 PDT Coffee Chat & Greetings

  • Bring your own morning beverage and (re)acquaint yourself with other writing center folks from the region and beyond

10:15 --11:00 PDT Keynote Kickoff: Justin Young, PhD

  • "Responding to the Writer in This Moment: The Writing Center as a Space of Change, part 1”

11:00 --11:30 PDT Discussion Break-out rooms

  • Topics based on kickoff

11:30 --12:00 PDT  Discussion Break-out rooms

  • Also based on kickoff or other topics 

12:00 --12:30 PDT Lunch

  • Bring your own lunch and chat about the conference, your center, or other facilitated topics

12:30 --1:00 PDT Discussion Break-out rooms

  • Based on presentation meta-topics

 1:00 --1:30 PDT Discussion Break-out rooms

  • Based on presentation meta-topics

1:30 --1:50 PDT Keynote Wrap-up: Justin Young, PhD

  • "Responding to the Writer in This Moment: The Writing Center as a Space of Change, part 2”

1:50 -- 2:00 PDT Closing Remarks: Chris Ervin, PhD,  PNWCA President

Conference Keynote

Justin Young, PhD is a Professor of English at Eastern Washington University, where he directs the Writers’ Center and the Composition Program. Justin’s research focuses on multiliteracies and digital rhetorics, writing center theory and practice, and reading and writing instruction across the P-16 continuum.


Conference Co-Chairs

Brooklyn Walter,  Washington State University
Erik Echols, University of Washington Bothell
Kim Sharp, Shoreline Community College 

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