To communicate successfully in different contexts, writers need a variety of rhetorical, academic, sociocultural and linguistic competencies. When approaching specific writing tasks, students need to draw on prior learning experiences, and select and deploy strategies and skills appropriately. They also need to navigate situations that require them to upgrade or transform their current knowledge and skillset. Writing centers and writing programs have a pivotal role to play in helping students transfer, apply and adapt writing-related competencies from one context to another. In preparing the MENA region’s writers of the future, regional writing centers and programs may also wish to reappraise objectives and practices in light of recent trends in writing theory, notably ‘writing for transfer’ and multi-modal composition.
MENAWCA’s 6th biennial conference is a platform for teachers, tutors, peer tutors, center directors, and other professionals supporting student writers in the MENA region, to share and explore theoretical and practical perspectives related to themes of transfer and transformation. We invite proposals that reflect the conference theme with specific reference to the MENA context. Questions to consider include: