Written By Jessica Kukla
My experience at ECWCA was a positive one. It was refreshing to be in an environment were people could speak passionately about their work, and share innovative thoughts for others to process and apply to their own practice. As relatively new writing consultant, I had no idea that there was such a wide spread network between writing centers at other universities. It was beneficial for my own consulting to learn about what other centers are doing or what resourced other centers have that my own might not. My biggest takeaway from the center was learning about inclusion initiatives other writing centers have in place to make writing centers a better experience for both clients and consultants. I found it interesting that there were a lot of conversations happening about what could be done for supporting consultants that are minorities or have invisible disabilities.
I am glad I was able to experience the conference as both an audience member and a presenter. My presentation anxiety was subdued once I realized the friendly and productive atmosphere ECWCA has. My session on how consultant bios might effect consultations resulted in an insightful discussion that gave my group a lot to think about after. Post-conference, I feel very confident in the feed my group received and am looking forward to finishing our research. Overall, I’m happy that I was able to experience ECWCA and do my part in contributing to the growth of my own writing center as well as others.