Conference Schedule Overview

The following is the current OWCA 2021 conference schedule (last updated: September 2, 2021). Session titles will be finalized by mid September.

All sessions will be recorded, and all conference recordings and materials will available to attendees through January 2022.


Monday, October 4

  • Asynchronous presentations are posted and can be viewed anytime through the conference. The full list of asynchronous sessions is at the bottom of this page.

45pm EST

  • OWCA Board Plenary session with Beth Nastachowski, Lisa Nicole Tyson, and Megan Boeshart

Tuesday, October 5

  • Synchronous sessions with conference sponsors. Sessions and times to be determined.

Wednesday, October 6

Wednesday sessions will be open to the public:

2–3pm EST

  • Meet and Greet with the OWCA Executive Board Board:  Jenelle Dembsey, Sarah Prince, Beth Nastachowski, Lisa Nicole Tyson, Megan Boeshart, Paula Rawlins, and Brooke Hessler

Thursday, October 7

2–3pm EST

  • Session A: Workshop on “Being Here Now: Helping Students (and Ourselves) Write Our Way to Presence and Connection ” by Mary O’Shan Overton (keywords: pedagogy, practice, embodiment)

3:20–4:20pm EST

  • Session B: Workshop on “Consulting on Multimodal Texts” by Jacob Herrmann (keywords: pedagogy, training, multimodal)

4:40–5:40pm EST

  • Session C1: Roundtable on “Interdependent interventions: exploring co-creative practices for online writing centers” by Emma Catherine Perry and Christina Lee (keywords: pedagogy, practice, theory)
  • Session C2: Workshop on “Expanding Disability Access: Developing your Multimodal Toolkit for Writing Center Sessions” by Ellen Cecil-Lemkin and Lisa Marvel Johnson (keywords: accessibility/usability, disability, pedagogy)

Friday, October 8

12–1pm EST

  • Session D: Workshop on “Incorporating Kindness in Asynchronous Video Tutoring” by Lisa Nicole Tyson and Megan Boeshart Burelle (keywords: pedagogy, training, asynchronous)

1:20–2:20pm EST

  • Session E1: Roundtable on “Leading Towards Interconnectedness” with Janine Carlock and Heidi Marshall (keywords: practice, theory, leadership)
  • Session E2: Workshop on “Technomoral Virtues in Online Center Writing Spaces and Interactions” with Antony Ricks (keywords: pedagogy, space/design, technomoral virtue)

2:40–3:40pm EST

  • Session F1: Panel Presentation on “Experimenting with Peer Mentoring: Models for Professional Development Among Staff and Administrators” by Paula Rawlins, Michelle Cohen, Emily Gresbrink, and Beth Nastachowski (keynote: administration, training, mentoring)
  • Session F2: Panel Presentation on “Impact of Writing Center Effectiveness and Practices” by Jeffrey Galin, Beatriz Acosta-Tsvilin, and Ashley George (keywords: accessibility/usability, innovation, research study)

Asynchronous Sessions

The following sessions will be available throughout the conference, starting Monday, October 4.

  1. “Online Adult Student Perceptions on Racial and Linguistic Identity and Academic Writing” by Julie Johnson Archer (keywords: race, research study, translingualism)
  2. “Videoconferencing is Not a Replication of Face-to-Face Tutoring: Training Tutors to Prepare for Technology Interdependence in Synchronous Tutoring” by Kim Fahle Peck (keywords: accessibility / usability, theory, training)
  3. “Achieving the “Inter” in “Interdependence”: Reframing a Theory of Expertise for Online Writing Center Relationships” by Adrienne Lamberti (keywords: innovation, practice, theory)
  4. “Promoting ESL Students’ Writing Development in Online Synchronous Tutoring: A Dynamic Assessment Approach” by Ruge Zhao (keywords: pedagogy, practice, theory)
  5. “Using Computer-Assisted Language Learning to Foster Self-Editing Skills: The Interdependence of Writers, Tutors, and Technology” by Kimberly Becker, Sarah Huffman, Kristin Terrill (keywords: innovation, technology, self-editing)
  6. “Demonstrating Interdependence: Aligning Writing Coach Skills & Multimodal Practices” by Jennifer Gray, Mary McGinnis (keywords: interdisciplinary collaboration, practice, training)
  7. “Rethinking Dependency: Building Rapport and Motivation in Online Consultations during Times of Crisis” by Annelise Norman (keywords: program assessment / reporting / data collection, research study, training)
  8. “Behind the Screens: Managing Emotional Labor and Fostering Positive Interdependencies” by Janice Lark (keywords: pedagogy, practice, emotional labor)
  9. “’Are You Allowed to Help Me with This?” Interdependence, Academic Integrity, and the Boundaries of “Help’ in Online Writing Centers” by Meghan Velez (keywords: administration, practice, academic integrity)
  10. “The Role of Writing Center Directors in Achieving Interdependency through Facilitating Online Virtual Sessions During the Covid-19 Pandemic” by Muhammad Alamri (keywords: administration, practice, technology)
  11. “Inspiring Tutors to Move Beyond Competence and Courtesy to Compassion Online” by Sean Telvik and Katherine Schmidt (keywords: innovation, practice, training)
  12. “Rewriting ‘Collaboration’ in (and around) the Center: Reflections on a Co-Curricular Writing Lab Pilot” by Matthew Bryan (keywords: administration, innovation, theory)
  13. “Aligning with the Language of Justice in the Writing Center” by Cynthia Cochran, Joshua Knight, Justine Kennedy, and Katelyn Scott (keywords: race, pedagogy, innovation)

How to Attend

To attend the OWCA conference, you just need to be a student, professional, or institutional member of the OWCA. Membership includes conference registration and access to recordings of all conference sessions through January 2022.

If you joined the OWCA between October 2020 and February 2021, you will need to upgrade your membership to receive conference access. You can Add a New Membership through your account.

If you are not currently an OWCA member, please join the OWCA to attend our conference.