2014 Conference

Changing Landscapes, Changing Literacies
TYCA-PNW & Pacific Northwest Writing Center Association Joint Annual Conference
Washington State University - Vancouver
Vancouver, WA
October 10-11, 2014

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Sandra Jamieson , Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, Drew University

Click here for a link to the PNWCA website and the submission form.

The extended deadline for proposals is July 21!

Computers and Writing Conference Scholarships for Native American Women Available

The Washington State University English Department and the Eva Peterson Scholarship Fund is happy to be able to provide several scholarships for Native American women to attend the Computers and Writing Conference (June 5-8) in Pullman, WA. This three-day national Conference includes keynote speakers, concurrent presentations, workshops, and a unique opportunity to interact with teachers who are implementing technology in their writing classes. This scholarship includes registration, a housing allowance, and travel.

Details about the Conference can be found at the Conference Website (http://siteslab.org/cwcon/2014/). Those interested in this scholarship opportunity should contact Patricia Ericsson (ericsson@wsu.edu) for more details.

See attached .pdf for more information.

Winter 2014 TYCA-PNW Newsletter is Here!

Congratulations Carolyn Calhoon-Dillahunt and Dodie Forrest!

Carolyn Calhoon-Dillahunt and Dodie Forrest, both from Yakima Valley Community College, are winners of the 2014 Mark Reynolds TETYC Best Article Award for 2014. Their article, "Conversing in Marginal Spaces: Developmental Writers’ Responses to Teacher Comments" (full access requires NCTE/TYCA membership. If you are not a member, check with your librarian) in the March, 2013 edition of Teaching English in the Two-Year College.

The article describes a pilot study on developmental writers’ attitudes toward and use of instructor-written feedback in multiple sections of a precollege-level writing course at Yakima Valley Community College.

Job Openings!

If you would like to share job opportunities, please contact us using the information at the bottom of the page.

Spokane Falls Community College

Spokane Community College--info coming soon

Wenatchee Valley College

2013 Conference

Piecing it Together: Making, Tinkering, and DIY in our Colleges

TYCA-PNW & Pacific Northwest Writing Center Association Joint Annual Conference

Cornish College of the Arts
Seattle, WA
October 25-26, 2013
Click here to view conference photos courtesy of Sheri Winans at Whatcom CC

View the slideshow from Jentery Sayer's keynote address: Why Do Makerspaces Matter for the Humanities? For Writing Centers?


We may witness DIY (Do-It-Yourself) culture all around us as part of a larger shift towards producing rather than consuming: urban homesteaders with chicken coops on their tiny back porches; fan art or mashups that reimagine or pay homage to subcultural icons; Trickster campaigns that utilize grassroots community support to fund art and invention; and the resurgence of arts and crafts culture that celebrates a renaissance of all things handmade. Along with the shift towards a culture of production, comes a shift in mindset:

  • Embracing “maker culture” in taking everyday objects and modifying them for new, previously unimagined purposes
  • Seeing constraints as opportunities for invention rather than as limitations
  • Approaching production as an act of “tinkering,” “bricolage” or “hacking” -- opportunity for low-stakes play that emphasizes trial and error rather than success or failure
  • A privileging of peer-to-peer, collaborative learning which promotes intrinsic motivation an

The critical question at the heart of our 2013 conference is:

How do we see ourselves practicing the DIY maker mindset in our institutions, classrooms, and writing centers? In what ways are we making new and innovative things out of existing space, place, pedagogy, and objects?

TYCA-Pacific Northwest

Welcome! TYCA-Pacific Northwest is part of the College Section of the National Council of Teachers of English. We remain committed to our original purposes:

  • to provide professional activities for teachers in two-year colleges of the Pacific Northwest region;
  • to sponsor an annual conference on the teaching of English in two-year colleges in the region;
  • to encourage research, study and writing by teachers in two-year colleges (see links at our resources page);
  • to recognize excellence in teaching, we invite nominations for the Lisa Ede Teaching Excellence Award; two faculty, one full-time and one adjunct, may receive this award each year, which includes a cash grant of $500.

As the fastest-growing of the seven regions of the TYCA, we welcome your interest and invite your membership in the organization.

Dodie Forrest and Cheryl Siemers
Chairs, Regional Executive Committee

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