University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

2018 SCWCA Arkansas Conference

The Business Communication Lab and CLASS+ Writing Center would like to invite you to the South Central Writing Centers Association's 2018 Microregional Conference. The University of Arkansas is thrilled to be able to host our colleagues from all across Arkansas and Louisiana on Saturday, September 22nd!

Conference Goals

This conference has a simple goal: to provide an opportunity to collaborate with, learn from, and build relationships among writing center tutors, faculty, and staff. With this in mind, the conference will consist of a series of roundtables and workshops that will focus on practical strategies that you can take home and implement.

Conference theme

Our theme – Embodied Communication – takes a look at how we as writing centers are often seen as the body within the university responsible for helping students become more confident and effective communicators. This conference will address how we handle that responsibility and how that responsibility has an impact on tutor training strategies, our own policies, and how we define ourselves.

Tutors are especially encouraged to attend, as we will have professional development sessions for tutors and a tutor meetup hosted by CLASS+ and Business Communication Lab tutors. We are admittedly biased, but this is going to be an amazing conference and we hope you can join us on September 22nd! We look forward to meeting you, your tutors, and learning from each other!

This conference would not have been possible without the generous support of the South Central Writing Centers Association, whose support has enabled us to host this conference at no charge to attendees. Our SCWCA state representative, Carey Smitherman Clark, will be attending the conference - click here for a quick introduction to Carey!


Conference Schedule

8:15 - 9:00AM: Breakfast, registration

9:00 - 9:30AM: Opening remarks

9:45 - 11:00AM: Concurrent Sessions I and II

11:15 - Noon: Director's Roundtable and Tutor professional development session

Noon - 1:00PM: Lunch and table/networking activities

1:00PM - 2:15PM: Tour of campus, CLASS+ Writing Support, and the Business Communication Lab

2:30 - 3:45: Concurrent Sessions III and IV

4:00 - 4:30: Closing Remarks


We will be having an optional post-conference meet-up at Hog Haus Brewpub on Dickson Street. We also have a list of fun things to do while in NWA for the weekend, here are a few of our favorite things!


Hotel and Parking

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Courtyard by Marriott, which is located at 600 E. Van Asche Dr. in Fayetteville.

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Room rates: $110/night

Reservations can be made by calling (479) 571-4900 or by visiting the hotel online.

The 2018 SCWCA Arkansas Conference will be held at the Arkansas Union, which has a parking deck adjacent to it. Parking is free after 8pm and free on Saturday and Sunday.