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. MENAWCA sponsors a conference on the work of writing centers in the MENA region every two years.  Scroll down to learn more about our upcoming 2016 conference in Muscat, Oman.


Announcing the MENAWCA 2016 conference 

MENA Writing Centers:  Reality vs. Ideal

in collaboration with the International English Language Teaching Conference

April 21-22, 2016

Sultan Qaboos University

Muscat, Oman

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Dana Driscoll 

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

About Our Keynote Speaker

Conference Flyer

Conference co-chairs:

Ryan McDonald rmcdonald@squ.edu.om
Susan Finlay susanf@squ.edu.om

Abstract submission deadline: January 20, 2016

Conference proposal form:  Submit a proposal here.

Pre-registration deadline: April 14, 2016

Call for proposals: While every writing center and program is unique, we follow common theoretical threads that are the core of our service.  This year's conference theme asks us to explore and evaluate the theoretical ideal against our writing center and classroom realities in the MENA region.  In our work as writing center administrators, tutors, users, and writing teachers, we will reflect on our beliefs

We invite proposals that reflect the general theme of the conference, responding to the following questions:

  • What are we preparing writers for?
  • What do students and writing instructors want from writing centers?
  • How can we maximize benefits from visits to the writing center?
  • Does theory support practice in MENA writing center interaction?
  • What are the realities of conducting writing program and writing center research in the MENA region?
  • Within our reality, how can we best direct and manage writing center services in our campuses?  What lessons have we learned?
  • What is the ideal for tutor training?
  • What professional development opportunities could benefit MENA writing center and writing program staff?
  • What are the solutions to meeting resource and operational challenges in writing centers?
  • How can MENA writing centers ideally situate themselves within their institutions?

This conference aims to support and promote current writing center practice in the region, explore or identify areas of research in our MENA writing centers and writing programs, and facilitate dialogue among writing center professionals and writing program instructors.

We hope to see you in Oman in April!

Please check back here for updates about conference registration, accommodations in Muscat, and  the conference FAQ page.  

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