Forming a Community

Efforts to create a formal, membership-based professional organization for writing across the curriculum have strong roots in efforts such as the national WAC seminars and institutes that occurred in the 1980s and '90s, the meetings of the National WAC Network (later the International WAC Network), which was led for more than three decades by Chris Thaiss, the National (later International) Writing Across the Curriculum conference, and the formation of regional and special-purpose WAC organizations, such as the Northeast Writing Across the Curriculum Consortium, the WAC Graduate Organization, and Consortium for Graduate Communication. In 2014, the Statement of WAC Principles and Practices was published by the Network, and, beginning in 2016, efforts were initiated to form what would become the Association for Writing Across the Curriculum (which we discuss below).