About Us

What is the MWCA?

As a regional nonprofit organization and an affiliate of the International Writing Centers Association, the Midwest Writing Centers Association (MWCA) encourages communication and collaboration among writing centers in the Midwestern region of the United States, which include Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Upper Michigan, and Wisconsin. Our mission is to assist writing centers in promoting clear and effective writing, offer support to those who are involved in writing center work, and encourage scholarly activities, such as primary/secondary research and presentations/publications of research results.

The MWCA regularly awards research and travel grants to applicants from its membership. The association’s newsletter is published twice a year, and its regional conference is held every other year.

Our membership is inclusive; administrators, faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduates all enjoy the benefits of their involvement with the MWCA. Members come from middle schools, high schools, community colleges, and universities. Not all members are from writing centers; many come from a variety of writing programs and student support services.

MWCA Governance

Oversight of the MWCA is performed by a twelve-member Board of Directors. Board members are elected by the general membership for 3-year terms; ideally, with one-third of the Board elected annually. Candidates for the Board can be either nominated or self-nominated and must complete a brief application for consideration by the membership. Each member of the Board holds a specific role which is described in the Executive Board Duties.

The MWCA follows both its By-laws and Articles of Incorporation.

MWCA’s Policy on Professional Ethics

The MWCA is committed to advocating for writing centers as sites where bigotry has no place. Read more on the MWCA’s Policy on Professional Ethics.

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