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

costs & scholarships


The $800 registration fee includes instruction, materials, a welcome reception and dinner Sunday evening, refreshment breaks during the five-day Institute, and lunches for four of the days.

Travel, lodging and dinners, except Sunday evening’s dinner, are at participants’ expense.  A block of private rooms has been reserved for institute participants at a comfortable dorm on Temple’s campus, and the Doubletree Hotel in Center City will also be offering special rates for participants.  More information about lodging will be available in the near future. For your planning purposes, we expect the dorm rooms to cost approximately $38 per night, while rooms in the Doubletree will cost approximately $145 per night.  For participants who are bringing their families, suite-style accommodations will be available in the dorms for approximately $45 per night.)

If you cancel your registration before June 12, 2009, you will receive a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee. If you cancel after June 12—or do not attend—you are responsible for the entire registration fee. If you have registered but are unable to attend, you are welcome to send a substitute.


The IWCA Summer Institute is committed to recruiting and supporting writing center professionals who need financial assistance and to fostering diversity in the writing center community, both within and beyond the United States.

The Institute planned to offer several full scholarships to cover participants’ tuition.  However, this year, we received an unprecedented number of scholarship applications, and the pool of applicants was very impressive.  We would have been pleased to offer funding to everyone who applied, but we were simply not able to do so.  The review team ultimately decided to extend the reach of the scholarships by offering a mix of full scholarships and half scholarships. We also worked hard to liberate some additional funds from the SI budget so that we could offer a number of smaller partial scholarships. In total, we were able to provide full or partial scholarship funding to twelve individuals.  

We are grateful to all who applied.  The application letters (which described applicants’ programs, interests, and experiences) were fascinating and inspiring to read.  Our community is rich with people who are committed, creative and resourceful.  We hope that those who did not receive funding this year will still be able to attend the SI, either this summer or in the future.