Four people sitting facing an audience.
Panel presenting on issues of race and the writing center at the 2016 conference.

Since 1984, NCPTW has hosted a conference focused on peer writing tutoring and collaborative learning. From its inception, NCPTW has promoted peer writing tutors to develop presentations and present them to their peers–one of the first such academic conferences. NCPTW offers peer tutors the opportunity to contribute in professional and scholarly ways to the larger writing center community, and we’re dedicated to providing forums for tutors to share and present research at national and international conferences.

NCPTW professionals, play a vital role in mentoring peer tutors in their presentations, and also present at the conference, many of them with peer tutors from their writing centers. Topics at the conference range from collaborative approaches, responding to the challenges of creating and operating writing centers, developing innovative peer tutoring programs, and promoting the work of their peer tutors.

This Year’s Conference

2024: Tacoma, Washington

Past Conferences



Three women presenting to many people seated around a large boardroom table.
Alyssa Cavazos, Norma Denae Dibrell, Leticia Gonzalez-Leal, and Sandra Musanti, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; “(Re)thinking Writing Tutoring Across Linguistic Borders: A Translingual-Community Engaged Framework for Peer Tutoring in Writing” at the 2018 conference on South Padre Island, Texas.


Man address large auditorium crowd.
Jon Olson welcomes 2007 conference attendees to Penn State.
  • 2009 South Hadley, MA: Mt. Holyoke College
  • 2008 Las Vegas, NV: IWCA/NCPTW Joint Conference
  • 2007 State College, PA: Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus
  • 2006 Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan
  • 2005 Minneapolis, MN: IWCA/NCPTW Joint Conference Hosted by the MWCA
  • 2004 Hackettstown, NJ: Centenary College
  • 2003 Hershey, PA: IWCA/NCPTW Joint Conference
  • 2002 Lawrence, KS: NCPTW/MWCA Joint Conference Hosted by the University of Kansas
  • 2001 Allentown, PA: Muhlenberg College
  • 2000 North Andover, MA: Merrimack College


  • 1999 State College, PA: Pennsylvania State University
  • 1998 Plattsburgh, NY: Plattsburgh State University of New York
  • 1997 Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky
  • 1996 Ada, OK: East Central University; Colorado Springs, CO: Colorado College
  • 1995 Muncie, IN: Ball State University; Ada, OK: East Central University
  • 1994 Birmingham, AL: University of Montevallo; Winter Park, FL: Rollins College
  • 1993 Grand Rapids, MI: Grand Valley State University
  • 1992 Indiana, PA: Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • 1991 Burlington, VT: University of Vermont; Champlain College; Trinity College of Vermont; Colchester, VT: Saint Michael’s College
  • 1990 State College, PA: Pennsylvania State University


Typewritten letter
Letter from Tori Haring-Smith of Brown University proposing the creation of NCPTW.
  • 1989 Youngstown, OH: Youngstown State University
  • 1988 Saratoga Springs, NY: Skidmore College
  • 1987 West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University
  • 1986 Washington D.C.: Georgetown University; College Park, MD: University of Maryland
  • 1985 Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University
  • 1984 Providence, RI: Brown University
Program with time and date listings
The first NCPTW program.