Vancouver 2019

The 11th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing/ l’Association canadienne de rédactologie (CASDW/ACR)

Circles of Writing Studies

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

June 1 – 3, 2019

Extended Deadline:  February 11, 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”

CASDW 2019 Call for Papers (PDF)

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 Studies. The 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.

CASDW 2019 Call for Papers (PDF)