Call for Nominations: The Doreen Starke-Meyerring Award for the Best Article/Chapter(2022)

Nominations are being accepted for the 2022 Doreen Starke-Meyerring Annual Award for the best article or chapter in writing and discourse studies. This award celebrates the outstanding scholarship being produced within the Canadian writing and discourse studies community.

The Doreen Starke-Meyerring Annual Award recognizes the best journal article or book chapter published during the calendar year by a CASDW member. Co-authored articles or chapters will be eligible as long as one of the authors is a CASDW member.

In order to be eligible, nominees must have been CASDW members in 2022. In the case of co-authored pieces, at least one member must have been a CASDW member in 2022. The nominated article or chapter must have been published in 2022.

To nominate an article or chapter, please send a PDF of the journal article or book chapter and a complete reference to the selection committee to the selection committee. No other documents are needed!

The deadline for nominations is March 8, 2023. The winner of the award will be announced at the CASDW Annual Conference.  Authors are invited to nominate their own publications as well as those of other CASDW members.

The assessment criteria for the award are as follows:

  • the overall quality of the writing and thinking;
  • the significance of the question(s) addressed in the research;
  • the importance of the new knowledge presented in the article; and
  • and methodological rigour and/or innovation.

The award includes a one-year CASDW membership for the following year.

Applicants/nominees should send a PDF of the journal article or book chapter, as well as a complete reference, to the selection committee listed below:

James Corcoran:

Sara Doody:

Boba Samuels:

CASDW23 Call for Proposals available now

We are delighted to share our Call for Proposals for CASDW23!

Our conference will explore the theme of Seeking Connections/Recognizing Divergence: Reckonings and Re-imaginings in Canadian Discourse and Writing Studies Today.

All information is available in the Call for Proposals (English) / Appel de communications (en français).

We welcome abstracts in French or English from those working in Writing and Discourse Studies. Submissions are due January 15, 2023.

Save the dates for the CASDW-ACR 2023 conference!

The CASDW-ACR 2023 conference will be held Sunday, May 28 to Tuesday, May 30 2023 at York University, in Toronto, Ontario.

We will re-join the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences conference and offer an as-hybrid-as-possible conference in-person and online with live-streaming when available.

In the coming months, watch for information from CASDW-ACR on

  • Our call for papers (expected mid-November, with a due date for proposals by mid-January, 2023)
    • Our theme will be in-line with Congress’s focus on social justice. To be announced with the call for papers.
  • Early-bird registration will open in January and close in late March.
    • Because we are participating in Congress, registrants will have to pay fees to both Congress and to CASDW/ACR.
    • Our fee structure will reflect the different income brackets occupied by our members, as does Congress’s fee structure.
    • We plan to allow BIPOC students to register in our conference for free.
  • Information on childcare options.
    • CASDW/ACR is only able to offer one subsidy of $200 to help cover one registrant’s childcare costs (in person or remote) during the conference. 

Our conference organizing committee for 2023 includes:

  • James Corcoran, Local Area Coordinator for our conference at York University
  • Tessa Troughton, who spent a day at York on our behalf this September
  • Laura Baumvol, who has joined the organizing committee, and
  • The CASDW/ACR executive

Call for CASDW-ACR executive nominations

The Executive Committee of CASDW-ACR is looking for members to take on leadership positions in our organization for next year. If you are interested in serving the Canadian writing research community, please contact a member of the Nominations Committee below.

Nominations will also be accepted at our Annual General Meeting at the end of this year’s conference, on Wednesday, June 1 at 2 pm PST (5 pm EST).

We welcome all current and past members, and especially encourage those new to our field to participate. The work is not onerous, and you can be sure of making an impact.

For more information about our organizational structure, see

Nominations Committee

Boba Samuels (

Sara Doody (

James Corcoran (