METU SFL Academic Writing Center Conference

Conference Program & Conference Booklet

The Middle East Technical University School of Foreign Languages Academic Writing Center is proud to announce that a one-day national writing center conference will take place on Ankara campus on April 29th, 2016.

This year is the 15th anniversary of our Academic Writing Center. We would like to celebrate this by bringing together all language professionals interested in academic writing center work. We hope to meet the writing center professionals of all academic writing centers in Turkey as well as everyone who plans to establish a writing center in their institution in the near future. The writing center conference aims to provide an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to present different perspectives in the field and to contribute to the continual growth and progress of writing centers in our country. Therefore, the conference theme ‘Meeting in the Center: Writing centers in Turkey’ is an open invitation to all interested in writing center work and academic writing. Your writing center stories, practical ideas, theoretical insights, and questions will stimulate discussion on current writing center theory and practice in EFL contexts and allow us to draw the route maps to give direction to writing center work and to promote networking among the writing centers in Turkey.

We invite proposals on topics that include (but are not limited to):

  • writing center profiles/structure/status
  • mission of writing centers
  • establishing and sustaining writing centers
  • institutional support for writing development and writing centers
  • learning, tutoring, and teaching academic writing
  • collaboration in writing development
  • tutoring and peer tutoring
  • writing tutor training and development
  • writer and tutor needs
  • tutor identity
  • discourse in the writing center
  • culture, gender, power, and authority in the writing center
  • teaching and tutoring writing across the curriculum (WAC)
  • writing in the disciplines (WID)
  • technology in the writing center
  • online writing centers and tutorials
  • supporting writing development in the classroom and the writing center
  • national and international writing centers’ collaboration
  • writing center administration
  • writing in academia
  • role of academic writing in the globalized and digitalized world
  • academic writing in non-native languages/EFL context
  • student writers as multilinguals and language learners
  • individual and intercultural writer differences

Potential presenters are kindly requested to submit a proposal in the form of a 300-500 word abstract to by February 15, 2016.

The conference language will be English. As we use English as a foreign language, absolute accuracy is not a requirement. Furthermore, if you wish to offer a session in Turkish, we will respect and consider your request.

Further conference details will be announced soon!