The National Network of WAC Programs began in 1981 with annual meetings at the conventions of the National Council of Teachers of English and the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Through the ongoing help of the Northern Virginia Writing Project (Donald Gallehr, Director, and Karen Hickman and Mark Farrington, Program Coordinators) and with financial support from members, an annual print directory was published from 1981 to 2005. In addition to the books mentioned above, a regular column in the Composition Chronicle, "The Network News," was published from 1989 to 1997. The Network became the International Network of WAC Programs in 2005, the year before the partnership with the WAC Clearinghouse began.
A history of the Network to 2005, "Still a Good Place to Be: More than 20 Years of the National Network of WAC Programs" (by Chris Thaiss), was included in Composing a Community: A History of Writing Across the Curriculum, Susan McLeod and Margot Soven, editors (Parlor Press, 2006).