6th annual Writing Center Summer Institute IWCA
July 12-17, 2009
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA   USA

accommodations & travel


The Institute will be held in several spaces on Temple’s main campus, including the Student Center, the Tuttleman Learning Center, and the Writing Center. Temple University’s campus is near shops, food, bars, and transportation.

Temple University campus map

SEPTA (public transportation) map

Philadelphia map


A block of rooms has been reserved for the duration of the Institute in a new dorm building that is located in the center of Temple’s main campus, one block from the meeting rooms and the Writing Center. The rooms are set up as suites:  two bedrooms are linked by a small foyer, off of which are a powder room and a full bathroom with a shower. All of the rooms are non-smoking. The bedrooms will be private (one adult per room), but the powder room and full bath will be shared.  If you have a preference for who your suitemate will be, you can let us know that on the housing form. Otherwise, we will make suite assignments.

If you are coming with family members, and you would like to stay in the dorms, you may reserve a whole suite for your family. Each bedroom has two twin-sized beds, so a total of four family members can sleep comfortably.

If you would like to stay extra nights (either before or after the Summer Institute), you can do so an additional cost.  

Dorm accommodations for an individual:

Sunday night July 12 - Friday morning July 17 (including linen service):  $185.00.  If you would like to stay on Saturday night July 11, Friday night July 18, or Saturday July 18th, the cost will be an additional $34/night. 

Dorm accommodations for a family:

Sunday night - Friday morning (including linen service):  $370.00.  If you would like to stay on Saturday night July 11, Friday night July 18, or Saturday July 18th, the cost will be an additional $68/night.

If you plan to stay in the dorms, please register and pay by June 1st, 2009.

Reserve a Dorm Room (link to the dorm reservation form; reservations are being handled by the University of Oklahoma)

If you would prefer to stay in a traditional hotel, you have two options:

  • The Conwell Inn is a small, boutique-style hotel on campus one block away from our meeting rooms. There are a limited number of rooms available, so if you choose this option, you should book soon. When you book, tell the agent you are coming for a Temple sponsored event, and that you have a quoted rate of $130 plus tax, per Eric. For budgeting purposes, you can expect to pay around $130 per room per night (but this rate may vary depending on when you book). Overnight parking is available for Conwell Inn guests for $15/night.
  • The Doubletree Philadelphia is located on Broad Street just south of historic City Hall, about three miles (or six subway stops) from Temple’s main campus. The Doubletree is a full-service, luxurious hotel located in the center of Center City—the heart of Philadelphia. It is surrounded by restaurants, cafes, bars, book stores, and a whole array of shopping opportunities, from upscale clothing and housewares stores, to department stores, to one-of-a-kind boutiques. You can expect to pay approximately $125 per night plus all of the usual taxes. If you choose this option, you will need to call to book your room after April 30 and before June 13th. Tell the agent that you are coming for the IWCA/Temple conference. Parking is available at the Doubletree for $22/night.

Philadelphia is, of course, a large city, and alternative accommodations can easily be found.


By air – Philadelphia International Airport connects with over 120 cities, and managed nearly half a million takeoffs and landings last year. The airport is about 9 miles south of Temple’s campus. Taxis from the airport charge a flat rate of $25.00 to the Center City area, so expect a few dollars more than that to get to Temple (which is north of Center City). You can also easily reach Temple via train from the Airport; SEPTA’s (SouthEastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority) Regional Rail R1 line runs every half hour from the airport between 5:25 am and 11:25 pm, and stops at Temple’s own train station, a few blocks from on-campus accommodations. The ride is about 35 minutes and costs $5.50.

By car – Philadelphia is located about 90 miles south of New York City and about 150 miles north of Washington, D.C. Temple is easily accessible from most of the Philadelphia area’s major highways, which include I-95, I-76, and US-1.

By bus or train – Temple is also easily accessible for those traveling by bus or train (Amtrak) to Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station. 30th Street Station is located about 3 miles from campus, and travelers can get between the two via the Regional Rail system or by taking SEPTA’s Blue (Market-Frankford) line to City Hall and transferring to the Orange (Broad Street) line, and getting off at the Cecil B. Moore station for Temple. Taxis are also readily available at 30th Street.


For those who wish to drive to campus, daytime and overnight parking will be available near the meeting rooms. If you are planning to drive in for one or two days, your simplest option is to simply pull up at the Liacouras Parking Garage at 15th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. (See campus map here.) You will pay the visitor rate of $12/day, cash only.  

However, if you plan to drive in and park every day, you can arrange for a special weekly parking pass, which costs $7.00/day. To get this pass, you should call Temple’s Parking Services office at 215-204-5301, and say that you are coming to the Writing Center Summer Institute. They will ask you to pre-pay, using a credit card, and they will mail your pass to you. Since the passes are being mailed, it is advisable to do this well in advance. The Parking Services office will not be open on Sunday when you arrive. 

If you plan to park your car at Temple overnight, the procedure and cost are the same as purchasing a weekly parking pass. (See above.) 


Philadelphia is a terrific city, with a rich history and a vibrant arts and culture scene. While you’re here, we hope you explore it. From a bustling downtown to unique museums and galleries to an impressive park system, you’re sure to find something here that interests you. We will be planning outings, and we will also distribute sightseeing guides to help you along. If you want to browse activities, check out the official visitor site for Philadelphia. Or, if you if you have specific questions that you need to answer in advance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Philadelphia at night