South Central Writing Centers Association

15th Anniversary Celebration and Conference

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

March 3-5, 2005



“This time, like all times, is a very good one if we but know what to do with it.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Time does not change us. It just unfolds us.” –-Max Frisch

“Time is a versatile performer. It flies, marches on, heals all wounds, runs out and will tell.” –-Franklin P. Jones

“Time is the fire in which we burn.” –-Gene Roddenberry

“Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough.” –-George Bernard Shaw

“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.” –Douglas Adams

“In a minute there is time/ For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.”Alfred Prufrock

If you believe in the Japanese proverb, “Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods,” then join us for the South Central Writing Center Conference. You’ll enjoy creative energy, laughter and learning with writing center colleagues.


Keynote speaker is Dr. Muriel Harris, Professor Emerita of English, Purdue University, founder of the Purdue Writing Lab in 1976, originator and editor of the Writing Lab Newsletter in 1976, founder of the Purdue OWL, and the author of numerous books and articles on writing center work, teaching writing, writing centers and WAC programs.

We encourage all members of your writing center staff, especially undergraduate and graduate students, to attend and present at this conference. Presentations that address one or more of the following questions, as well as those that invite audience participation and discussion, are especially encouraged. We are particularly interested in your interpretations of the theme of time.

. How has time dictated changes in your center?

. How does time influence your decision-making in the center?

. Can an investment of time compensate for the lack of finances? Whose time and whose finances?

. How can a center best allocate its resources in terms of time?

. How has time affected theoretical approaches to writing center work?

.How can we best use the time we have to prepare our consultants? To work with writers?

. How can a center keep pace in a time of rapidly changing technology, campus policies, and curricula?

. And is time really on your side, as the Rolling Stones claimed? Or was Art Buchwald more accurate when he said, “Whether it’s the best of times or the worst of times, it’s the only time we’ve got?”

Proposals should include a title, the names and contact information of all presenters and a description of the presentation (250 words for individuals; 500 words for panels, roundtables, and workshops) and a 50-word abstract. All presenters must be conference registrants.

Deadline for Proposals: All proposals must be emailed or postmarked by Dec. 15, 2004.

Electronic submissions should be sent to jcaprio@lsu.edu . If you prefer to send your proposal by surface mail, send two copies to the LSU Writing Center, B-18 Coates Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 ATTN: J. Caprio.

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