Deadline Extended: CASDW/ACR Conference Proposals now due February 11

CALL FOR PAPERS (Bilingual PDF Version)

Eleventh Annual CASDW/ACR Conference

Circles of Writing Studies

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

June 1 – 3, 2019

Plenary: Andrea Lunsford, “What’s Talk Got to Do with It: Rethinking the Writing/Speaking Relationship”

Closing Plenary: Anthony Paré, “Circles of Influence: A Tribute to Some Thoughts and Thinkers”

We invite papers on all aspects of writing studies for the eleventh annual conference of CASDW/ACR, the largest gathering of writing studies scholars in Canada.  In particular, we invite papers connecting with the Congress 2019 theme, Circles of Conversation, and our theme, Circles of Writing StudiesThe Congress theme opens space for “dialogue, debate, dissent,” so “people can speak with one another, listen, and learn together.” To this end, our conference focuses on core circles within which our field operates, within which we operate, continuing conversations about writers and writing happening amongst organizations dedicated to the study, teaching, and learning of writing.

Circles of Research

We invite papers, panels, and workshops that draw on work in writing studies, genre studies, rhetorical theory, writing centre theory and practice, and professional and technical writing research and practice. We welcome presentations, papers, and workshops that connect with CASDW’s heritage as a place for sharing research on technical and professional writing as well as those that examine all contexts of discourse and writing, including the relationship between writing and speaking, and pedagogical practices and innovations related to writing and discourse.

Crop Circles

We invite papers, panels, and workshops that focus on the visibility, partial visibility, and invisibility of writing studies through discussion of models at the institutional and course level. Vantage College at UBC will chair this session and present their model and physical space.


We invite proposals for very brief reports on recent research, new pedagogical initiatives, work-in-progress, follow-ups on papers presented in past conferences, and just about anything else that would be of interest to our members. Presentations in these sessions will be strictly limited to 5 minutes and 5 slides. These sessions should provide a quick overview of the current state of research in our field and help to connect members with colleagues with interests in common.


Congress 2019 Planner’s Guide

Partridge, E. (1958). Origins: A short etymological dictionary of modern English. New York: Macmillan Co.

Extended Deadline:  February 11, 2019

For more information about CASDW/ACR and to join the association or renew your membership, please visit our How to Join page. More information about the Congress 2019 can be found here.

CASDW 2019 Proposal Requirements

NOTE: Please submit your proposal as a .docx file and use your title (avoid using punctuation) to name your file, e.g., “AnExaminationofWritingPeerMentorsinaBiologyCourse”

  1. Title and a short (75-word) description for the program
  2. Keywords, e.g., rhetorical genre studies (to help identify reviewers with appropriate expertise)
  3. Name, title, institutional affiliation, & email for ALL presenters
  4. Session format


INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION: 15- to 20-minute individual paper presenting the results of new research or focusing on a pedagogical issue or innovation.

PANEL PRESENTATION: 90-min panel (3-5 speakers) comprising a collection of individual papers on a shared topic of interest related to discourse or the teaching of writing.

WORKSHOP: 90-min workshop (run by any number of facilitators) focusing on a particular question, issue, or problem.

Abstract for the proposed presentation (400 words maximum, plus references)

For individual papers and panels, please

  1. describe the research question or pedagogical issue or innovation;
  2. establish its significance;
  3. outline the theoretical framework and research method;
  4. highlight key findings (and, optionally, implications);
  5. include a brief reference list.

For workshops, please

  1. describe the facilitator(s), their role(s), and relevant expertise;
  2. state the question, issue, or problem;
  3. establish its significance;
  4. outline the objectives and framework, including activities in which participants will engage.


Abstract for the proposed 5 x 5 presentation (100 words maximum)

  1. include list of slides and bibliography

Extended Deadline:  February 11, 2019

Please email proposals and inquiries to the program chair, Dana Landry.

All proposals will be subject to blind review. Proposers will be notified of their acceptance status by February 28, 2019 and must register for the conference by March 1, 2019.