Atlantic Canada

Annual ACWCA Conference – Saint Mary’s University, Feb 21st

Annual Atlantic Canadian Writing Centres Association Conference, 2019

February 21, 2019

Saint Mary’s University, Halifax

Atrium 101 (CAMPUS MAP)

Special workshop talk on gendered language and writing, provided by the South House Sexual & Gender Resource Centre.


Conference schedule


Do you work in writing centres in Atlantic Canada, or are interested in the field?
Please join us at Saint Mary’s in February.

To attend, please complete this form; there is no charge for attending.

An optional lunch of $15 is available.


A reduced rate of $125.00 / night with the Lord Nelson Hotel is available for Feb. 20th. You will need to call to make the reservation, and mention you are booking for a Saint Mary’s University event.


For more information, please contact writing @

See you then!


ACWCA is an affiliate of the Canadian Writing Centres Association.

Importance of writing instruction and practice in Atlantic Canadian universities

A recent report from the Nova Scotia Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, reported on below, outlines concerns from Nova Scotian manufacturers regarding literacy and numeracy in high school graduates. Many Atlantic Canadian students coming to universities use these institutions’ academic services, such as writing centres, to provide them with basic writing literacy skills. The academic staff of these centres provide vital skills to Atlantic Canadian graduates entering the workforce.


Literacy, numeracy subpar in Nova Scotia high school grads

“A new report reveals manufacturers in Nova Scotia are seeing fewer young people with basic math and literacy skills applying for entry-level jobs, despite having high school diplomas.”




Literacy, numeracy subpar in Nova Scotia high school grads. (2015, June 12). CBC News: Nova Soctia. Retrieved from


“Literacy, numeracy subpar in Nova Scotia high school grads.” CBC News: Nova Soctia 12 June 2015. Web. 12 June 2015. <;.


Business climate worsening in Nova Scotia, manufacturers say


“Job seekers at PolyCello’s packaging plant in Amherst must write a competency test before they’re hired.

But the results from today’s high school graduates, compared to those from 10 or 15 years ago, paint a dismal picture.

“They’re half what they used to be,” Stephen Emmerson, the firm’s president and CEO, said. “We are basically graduating people from high school that are functionally illiterate.”

This lack of basic skills is an issue not just for PolyCello, but for manufacturing companies across the province, the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Nova Scotia says.

On Thursday, the group held its 2015 Nova Scotia Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Recognition Awards in Fall River, where it released key findings from its CEO Roundtable Report.

The report stems from eight roundtable sessions and 14 separate interviews through March and May with more than 100 CEOs and senior leaders of Nova Scotia companies within the industry. It included some whose companies are not members of the organization. The goal was to learn straight from business leaders what they see as opportunities for growth, barriers to continuing or starting exporting and changes that could help the manufacturing industry in this province.”



Business climate worsening in Nova Scotia, manufacturers say. (2015, June 11). Chronicle Herald. Retrieved from


“Business climate worsening in Nova Scotia, manufacturers say.” Chronicle Herald 11 June 2015. Web. 12 June 2015. <;.