RMWCA Newsletter#1 Wntr 2013

President's Welcome

RMWCA President Chris LeCluyse

Welcome to our first Rocky Mountain Writing Centers Association newsletter! On our last survey of RMWCA members, nearly ninety percent expressed an interest in communicating with us in this way. We hope to produce two issues a year to inform you of opportunities to connect with other writing center professionals in our region.

And what a big region it is. The Rocky Mountain Writing Centers Association includes all of the states between Kansas and California, from the Canadian to the Mexican border—a grand total of over 800,000 square miles. Interestingly, though, members across our vast region have expressed a need to connect with others more locally. To facilitate those connections, last year we instituted state representatives to share the perspectives of their constituents and help the RMWCA executive board communicate with writing centers in their states. Please see the list of state representatives on our website if you would like to contact yours.

We also hope to connect members by promoting events on a subregional level. Rather than trying to assemble the entire region in a single annual Rocky Mountain Peer Tutoring Conference, we hope to support multiple, smaller conferences in years when the International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) doesn’t meet. The map below suggests a way to divide our region into thirds so that conference organizers can focus on drawing colleagues from their neighboring states. The Colorado-Wyoming Writing Tutors Conference, held in April at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado, long predates our efforts and is an example of a successful subregional effort that the rest of us can follow. Another opportunity is the Rocky Mountain Peer Tutoring Conference, to be held October 19–20 at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. A call for the RMPTC is included in the Upcoming Events section of this newsletter.

Even more locally, several mini-regional organizations have developed to serve writing centers in a particular urban area. The Utah Community Literacy and Writing Consortium, for example, brings together directors and tutors from several Salt Lake-area writing and community literacy centers. Their recent tutor symposium involved members of seven area centers and showed tutors from academic centers the broader relevance of their work in the community. Mini-regional don’t have to be formal, however. Simply letting people know that your center is open for a meet-and-greet and providing refreshments can be enough.

If you would like to become more involved in your state or have questions or concerns to pass along to the RMWCA Executive Board, feel free to contact your state representative, listed in this issue. Let us know whatever we can do to support your vital work in the writing center.

Best wishes,

Chris LeCluyse

President, RMWCA

RMWCA Informal Subregions