SUSTAINING WRITING AND WRITING CENTERS
IN THE MIDDLE EAST-NORTH AFRICA REGION
November 7-8, 2014
Canadian University of Dubai
Call for Proposals
Clint Gardner Biographical Statement
As writing centers grow in the MENA region, questions emerge not only about how to sustain and develop them but also about how they can serve as model centers. What strategies can and should regional writing centers adopt in order to establish a solid presence within institutional frameworks? How can peer tutors, international collaborations, and local/regional research initiatives drive the momentum? What alliances, within or across academic institutions strengthen writing center continuity and support? What technological initiatives, including the use of mobile devices, influence our effectiveness with student writers and as we network with other centers? What theories and practices that grow out of local contexts can promote writing center work both within the MENA region and with other local, regional, and international writing forums? This conference aims to identify multi-faceted variables that promote the sustainability of writing programs, writing centers, and most importantly, the dialogue between writers.