A Little About Us

 

Welcome to The Writing Center Journal’s website! As The WCJ editors, we — Pam Bromley, Kara Northway, and Eliana Schonberg, as well as Steve Price, WCJ's first-ever book reviews editor — would like to introduce you to our vision for the journal, as well as give you a brief history and background of The Writing Center Journal.

The Writing Center Journal was launched in 1980 by Lil Brannon and Steven North and remains the primary research journal in the field of writing centers. WCJ is the official journal of the International Writing Centers Association, an Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English. WCJ is published twice a year: fall/winter and spring/summer; the journal's acceptance rate is 17%.

We're committed to publishing strong empirical research and theoretical scholarship relevant to writing centers. In addition, we seek to build a stronger research community for writing centers. To that end, we are committed to three key practices. We will:

  • Provide meaningful feedback on all manuscripts, including those we choose to reject.

  • Make ourselves available and accessible through retreats, workshops, and other engagements at regional and international writing center conferences.

  • Coordinate online professional development events related to The Writing Center Journal and our research community.

For library subscriptions, the annual rate is $80.00 USD. Checks should be made out to:
IWCA/WCJ, Stephanie Liu-Rojas, 170 E. 6th Street, Claremont CA, 91711.

For individual subscriptions, please click here.

 

How It Began

 

We--Pam, Kara, and Eliana--first met in 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the IWCA Summer Institute hosted at Temple University. Since then, we have collaborated on a variety of professional development events and became editors of The Writing Center Journal in Fall 2017. As the co-editors, our vision for The WCJ centers on a strong research community of writing center scholarship.

We work together to maintain the scholarly integrity of the journal while also promoting a strong, inclusive community for all who are interested in writing center research and scholarship. 

In addition to providing substantial feedback to authors and expanding the journal’s online presence, we facilitate a variety of interactive professional development opportunities to help sustain a dynamic and inclusive research community, such as facilitating works-in-progress sessions at the annual IWCA conference, participating in editors' roundtables, and one-one-one conversations with authors.

We want The WCJ to continue to be the hub of a thriving, diverse, and interactive group that includes researchers and scholars representing a variety of backgrounds, including secondary schools, community colleges, four-year institutions and graduate programs.