Jared Featherstone, director of James Madison University’s Writing Center, will give the keynote address when the South Central Writing Centers Association’s yearly conference visits the University of Central Arkansas later this month.

The SCWCA Conference is a regional meeting of writing centers from colleges and universities from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana. The 2018 conference will be at UCA Feb. 22-25.

Featherstone’s address, “From Rogue to RAD: The Mindfulness Journey of Writing Centers”, is set for 8:30 a.m. Feb. 23, in the Hippo Crafton Conference Room in the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center.

The address is free and open to the public, although the conference requires a registration fee.

The theme for the conference, chosen by staff of UCA’s Center for Writing and Communication, is “Mindfulness at the Center.”

Featherstone is also an associate professor for JMU’s School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication.

Dr. Carey Clark, director of UCA’s Center for Writing and Communication, said the conference would show some of the underpinnings of such writing and communication centers.

“What we do here in the Center for Writing and Communication isn’t just local or just unique to our university,” she said. “It’s part of a larger discipline, and our tutors have ongoing professional development that is steeped in theory and pedagogy like this conference.”

For more information, contact Clark at cclark@uca.edu.

The UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication includes the Departments of Art, Music, and Film, Theatre and Creative Writing, as well as the School of Communication. The College’s primary mission is the preparation of the next generation of artists, educators and communicators. For more information about CFAC, visit www.uca.edu/cfac or call 501-450-3293.

By Megan Bailey
College of Fine Arts and Communication Media Office