Welcome to MENAWCA

As a regional affiliate of the International Writing Centers Association, MENAWCA is a network of writing center directors, employees, tutors and others interested in supporting student writing in the Arab world.  




FEBRUARY 2018 (dates tbc)
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
Deadline for Submissions:  19 November 2017

Middle East-North Africa Writing Center Alliance
in collaboration with
Student Academic Success Program (SASP)
University College, United Arab Emirates University (UAEU)

To communicate successfully in different contexts, writers need a variety of rhetorical, academic, sociocultural and linguistic competencies.  When approaching specific writing tasks, students need to draw on prior learning experiences and select and deploy strategies and skills appropriately.  They also need to navigate situations that require them to upgrade or transform their current knowledge or skillset.  Writing centers and writing programs have a pivotal role to play in helping students transfer, apply and adapt writing-related competencies from one context to another.  In preparing the MENA region's writers of the future, regional writing centers and programs may also wish to reappraise objectives and practices in light of recent trends in writing theory, notably 'writing for transfer' and multi-modal composition.

MENAWCA's 6th biennial conference is a platform for teachers, tutors, peer tutors, center directors, and other professionals supporting student writers in the MENA region, to share and explore theoretical and practical perspectives related to themes of transfer and transformation.  We invite proposals that reflect the conference theme with specific reference to the MENA context.  Questions for consideration include:

  • How can writing centers and writing programs help students transfer writing-related knowledge from one context to another?  How can we help students use current competencies to navigate new writing contexts?

  • How can writing centers and writing programs collaborate to foster writing transfer between different learning contexts?  How can writing professionals work towards transforming writing support throughout an institution?

  • To what extent can MENA writing centers transfer theory and practices forged in predominantly English-speaking academic communities into their own mutlicultural and multilingual contexts?  how can research inform decisions about the appropriacy of our work?  How could our practices extend or transform previous scholarship on writing centers?

  • Do MENA writing programs and centers prepare students adequately for the diversity of writing tasks they encounter in educational settings and abroad?  To what extent should writing centers and writing programs re-imagine their objectives and practices in response to the growth of multi-modal composition?

  • Research strand:  MENAWCA is committed to fostering writing-related research activity in the region and providing a forum for researchers to network and share.  Proposals for sessions reporting on research studies carried out at an undergraduate, postgraduate, or professional level, specific to the MENA region, are strongly encouraged.  

Session Formats:
A.  Presentation:  1-2 presenters; 45 minutes including Q & A.  This format can be lecture style, but presenters are encouraged to be interactive.

B.  Multi-presenter panel:  3 or more speakers; 45 minutes including Q & A.  This format provides for structured discussion e.g. choreographed roundtables, intentionally sequenced panels, or point-counterpoint discussions.

C.  Workshop:  1 or more facilitators; 90 minutes.  This format is intended as a teaching session dedicated to enabling participants to gain specific practical knowledge, experience, or skills.

D.  Poster presentation:  1-2 presenters; 15 minutes.  Poster presentations provide short, visual representations of a specific topic, issue or research study accompanied by a brief oral presentation.

Proposal Guidelines:
  • Please submit proposals in the form of a session abstract (no longer than 100 words).
  • Be specific and clear about the focus and purpose of your session.  No supplementary material will be accepted.
  • Proposals should respond directly to the conference theme (per the Call for Proposals), foster constructive interaction and be of potential interest to a diverse group of conference attendees.  

Submitting Proposals:
  • Proposals should be submitted online via this link:  http://bit.ly/menawca2018
  • You will be asked to submit a presenter bio description with your proposal (no longer than 50 words).  Please ensure all information is accurate and up to date.
  • Submission deadline:  19 November 2017
  • Presenters will be notified of acceptance by 10 December 2017
  • Selected presenters must accept invitations and register for the conference by a specified date.

Conference chair, Elizabeth Whitehouse:  Ewhitehouse@uaeu.ac.ae

Conference administrator, Asma Al Naqbi:  menawca@uaeu.ac.ae

Note:  All presenters and participants are responsible for obtaining their own visas.  This responsibility does not lie either with MENAWCA or the UAEU.

Information about all past MENAWCA conferences can be found in our Archives.

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