The Rocky Mountain Writing Centers Association (RMWCA) is a regional chapter (covering AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT & WY)  of the International Writing Centers Association.  This regional network acts as a support and resource for administrators and tutors and gathers yearly at the Rocky Mountain Peer Tutoring Conference to celebrate and learn from those who tutor writing.

New RMWCA President                      

President’s Message

Kelly Webster, University of Montana

RMWCA President’s Message: Autumn 2016 

The Autumn 2016 President’s Message signifies an important transition for the Rocky Mountain Writing Centers Association. We not only welcome our new RMWCA President Kelly Webster (University of Montana) but also Clint Gardner (Salt Lake Community College) as President-elect and Michelle Miley (Montana State University) as Secretary. We boast a full slate of eight ambitious State Representatives who will serve as your local liaisons to the RMWCA Executive Board. 

These transitions evidence continued momentum for RMWCA:  the last several years have seen a growing network of regional writing center directors leaning on one another, a new emphasis on communication among our regional colleagues, and a renewed commitment to outreach. And not least of all, our huge and diverse region (eight states and over 800,000 square miles!) will host the International Writing Centers Association Conference in Denver this October. We are a consequential group of writing center advocates.

But first things first. Some of our most valued RMWCA advocates are passing the torch so that others can become public servants to the writing center community. We heartily thank Star Coulbrooke for her service as RMWCA President for the past two years; Chris LeCluyse for his tireless work as a liaison to the IWCA Executive Board and for his bottomless knowledge of RMWCA history; Mary Ann Judge, our outgoing Outreach Coordinator, for her efforts to keep far flung colleagues connected; Joyce Adams for her careful and effective work as our former RMWCA Secretary; and all of our past State Representatives who have been our local eyes and ears. Please visit our “Governance” link to meet our current Executive Board members and State Representatives.

We are indeed a large region whose writing centers are shaped by unique geographies, varied institutional settings, uneven access to resources, and specific contexts. RMWCA is committed to honoring these differences while supporting our common efforts to celebrate and hone our complex work supporting writers, teachers, and tutors of writing. How can RMWCA support you? This is the central question the new RMWCA Board asks you to consider. We will explore avenues for growing our sub regional conferences; we will work to develop a website that acts as an avenue for interaction and connection; we will work to schedule an RMWCA Tutor Conference every other year; we will mine your experiences and needs to build a more relevant RMWCA. Please connect with your RMWCA State Representatives to help us understand your needs.

Finally, for those of you who are lucky enough to have travel funds, please mark your calendars to join us for two important events in our region this academic year:

The International Writing Centers Association Conference in Denver, October 13-16   RMWCA will host an RMWCA-only event on Friday evening. Come hang out!

The RMWCA Tutor Conference in Bozeman, Montana, February 24-25, 2017.                    The conference theme is  Get Lost (in Tutoring), and Michele Eodice, co-author of The Everyday Writing Center, will be the keynote speaker. Join us in Montana as we “get lost” in the conversations that keep the writing center community relevant, motivated, and visible.

We’ll be in touch.

Kelly Webster, President                                 Star Coulbrooke, Past-President

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RMWCA High School Directors   
Check out our regional high school directory on the Connect page. With over 1300 entries, there is some great contact info and eye-opening trends in the Rocky Mountain West and subregionally. Make use of the directory and add to it by sending additional info to  Kelly Webster.

Consider Hosting a Writing Center Conference or Professional Development Event         

RMWCA Seed Money Guidelines

Seed money grants are intended to provide start-up funds for hosts of writing center conferences and professional development events. Seed money must be repaid within 60 days of the event. RMWCA should be listed as a sponsor of the funded event.

Applications should be submitted to Elizabeth Kleinfeld by email ( Questions about the application should be directed to Elizabeth. Applications should include

 The applicant’s name, title, institutional affiliation, email address, phone number, home address, and a clear statement of whether the application is for Seed Money or a Research Mini-Grant.

  1. An abstract (200 words maximum) describing what the Seed Money or Research Mini-Grant will be used for.
  2. A proposal narrative (1000 words maximum) describing the purpose and outcomes of the proposed activity; who will benefit from the proposed activity; and a timeline for the activity.
  3. A budget justification
  4. The applicant’s CV

Proposals will be evaluated by the RMWCA Executive Board.

Recipients of Seed Money will be required to submit a report within 30 days of the event which explains how the funds were used. Seed money is expected to be repaid within 60 days of the event.