IWCA/NCPTW Come Together in Pennsylvania

Two national organizations for tutors and writing center directors will come together for the first time for a conference to be held October 23-25, 2003 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Approximately 700 people are expected to attend.

The International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) and the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW) will meet at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, located in Hershey (near Harrisburg). The conference will feature presentations by undergraduate and graduate student tutors as well as writing center directors from the U.S. and abroad.

Anyone interested in tutoring, writing centers, and the teaching of writing is invited to submit a proposal and to attend the conference. Undergraduate and graduate students who work as tutors in their college or university writing centers are especially encouraged to participate.

Additional information is available at Information about submitting a proposal, registering for the conference, and accommodations will be posted here as it becomes available. The Hershey Lodge features a grand fireplace and college-lodge atmosphere, with all guest and meeting rooms in close proximity. There is a large indoor pool along with a whirlpool, sauna, fitness room, and game room. There are numerous dining and eating facilities in the Convention Center, which adjoins the Lodge. Walking and fitness trails are available too. Nearby fun includes Hershey Theme Park and Chocolate World. They will be open for the dates of our conference, and a get-together for conference attendees there is being planned.

The conference planning committee includes Jon Olson, Michele Eodice, Harvey Kail, Paula Gillespie, Al DeCiccio, Marcy Trianosky, and Ben Rafoth (chair). For more information, visit the website or contact Ben Rafoth at

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