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Join writing center practitioners from across the southeastern US and beyond for the 2024 SWCA conference, hosted by Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Download the CFP to share or read it below.

Conference Dates:  February 22-24, 2024

    Deadline for proposals: November 8, 2023
Decisions released by: December 8, 2023

The 2024 SWCA conference hosted by Emory University will focus on the theme of "Writing Center Movements," calling on participants to investigate how our centers and writers are moving, to where, and with whom. 

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Location: Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Decatur Downtown/Emory. Hosted by Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Book your room at the conference hotel, starting at $174/night

2024 Conference Details

Check out the Call for Proposals

Registration is not available yet, but the costs are listed below to allow participants to make plans and request funding, if available. On-time regsitration will last until Jan 22, after which late registration fees will apply.

Note: Scholarships are available from the SWCA for students and professionals presenting at the conference.

Note: All consultants from a center that has an active institutional SWCA membership can register at the member price if you have the registration code. Ask your director for the code and they can provide it, or they can contact to get it.

On-Time Registration Costs

  • Professional Member - 140.00
  • Professional Non-Member - 170.00
  • Student Member - 90.00
  • Student Non-Member - 105.00

Late Registration Costs

Registration after Jan 22 will be considered late and will incur additional fees. Registration will remain open until and during the conference.

  • Professional Member LATE - 175.00
  • Professional Non-member LATE - 205.00
  • Student Member LATE - 125.00
  • Student Non Member LATE - 140.00

Note: The hotel is also serving as the main conference site.

Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Decatur Downtown/Emory

130 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur, Georgia 30030


Book your room at the conference hotel, starting at $174/night

If you choose to call and make reservations through central reservations, please reference the Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference.

Last Day to Book: Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Please view the hotel website for information about accessible features:

Alternate Hotels

While we recommend booking through our conference hotel, there are a few nearby hotel options (without a specific conference rate), including: 

  • Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta Decatur/Emory
  • Super 8 by Wyndham Decatur
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Atlanta-Emory University Area
  • The University Inn at Emory

Air travel

The Courtyard Decatur is 16 miles northeast of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which is one of the world’s busiest airports and offers flights to 200+ domestic and international destinations. The airport can be overwhelming for the first-time visitor, but signage is generally helpful. For your return flight from Atlanta, you are advised to arrive well ahead of time as lines at check-in and security can be very long. Most major rental car companies have a location at the airport.

MARTA (see below) has a rail station directly accessed from the baggage claim area, and rail/bus fare is $2.50 for a one-way trip to downtown Decatur (plus $1 for a ticket or $2 for a reloadable card). Taxis and ride shares from the airport to downtown Decatur typically cost around $40 per person, although cost may vary.

The conference hotel does not provide an airport shuttle.

Public Transportation

MARTA is Atlanta’s bus and rail service. The Courtyard Decatur is 0.2 miles from the Decatur MARTA Station, from where you can take the subway to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (and other destinations). To take the MARTA train to the Decatur Station from the airport, you can board either the red or gold line heading north to Five Points Station, then transfer to the blue line heading east to Decatur Station.

Please check the website for the schedule, but note that trains may not always arrive on time:

The Number 36 Bus operates between Midtown and Decatur:

Car Travel

The hotel has a parking garage. Car traffic in downtown Decatur is generally not heavy, but please remember that driving here from the airport, for example, will involve driving on busy interstates. I-75/I-85, I-20, and I-285 can all get clogged up, even outside of rush hour.

While free parking is usually available at shopping centers and other places, you will have to pay for parking in parts of Decatur ( and in popular locations in Atlanta. At Emory University, you can park for free in several parking garages in the evening and on weekends; fees apply Monday-Friday 7am-5pm:

Getting Around

There is a free Emory-run shuttle from the Decatur MARTA Station to Emory University: (select the CCTMA shuttle).

Downtown Decatur is very walkable and features many sidewalks. There are bike lanes on some major streets in Decatur, and PATH trails can take you to Stone Mountain and other attractions. Visit the website for trails and maps: For runners, we recommend the PATH trails, the Beltline, and Decatur’s Legacy Park (a cross-country route):

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