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Canada’s Writing Conference

Call for Proposals

Language & Land: Writing & Teaching Towards a Community of Care”

Traditional territory of the Mississauga Anishinaabeg
Trent University, Peterborough, ON
June 13-16, 2019/du 13 au 16 juin 2019

On June 13-16, 2019, the Canadian Writers and Creative Writing Program (CCWWP) at Trent University will be facilitating their annual academic conference on traditional territory of the Mississauga Anishinaabeg.

Deadline for proposals is Friday, February 15th, 2019 (6 pm Pacific Time)


Conference Theme

Writers. Teachers. Artists. Elders. Community activists. Human beings. What are the implications and interconnections of these roles? How do we function in literary relational webs and networks where community, individual identities and positionalities are formed in relation to on-going colonization and coloniality, racial and gendered violence, discrimination and hate, intolerance and marginalization, and negation of oppression and indifference? When it comes to language and land, what are our ethical obligations, and what can we do to remain accountable to greater communities? What do we mean when we invoke “ethics”? Can we enact these lived and felt understandings while increasing our sense of urgency and agency in creating our art?

In re-thinking pedagogy and writing practices, we are seeking proposals engaging the above and which expand the imaginary for meaningful and collaborative consideration for how we can cultivate and sustain a community of care, make space for uncomfortable conversations and difficult knowledge, and promote a sense of responsibility for students, creative practices, and autonomous actions.

Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs (CCWWP) invites proposals for presentations, papers, readings, panels discussions or forums addressing this theme through the following categories:

  • contemporary literatures

  • the process of writing

  • the process of coming to writing and voice

  • the pedagogy of teaching writing

  • writing as social practice

  • risk and challenges in forging intersectionality in working together

  • the business of publishing and engaging community

  • creating and managing educational programs for writers

  • unequal distribution of emotional labour in forging unity among writers

  • the equation of teaching, learning and impact

This conference offers participants the chance to:

  • present creative or critical thoughts and insights and to engage in exchanges with other teachers and writers;

  • discuss, debate and explore topics and findings in creative writing research;

  • discuss the teaching and learning of creative writing in universities, colleges and communities;

  • and contribute knowledge to a field of investigative inquiry that includes research, pedagogy and artistic practice.

Presentation Formats

CCWWP 2019: “Language & Land: Writing & Teaching Towards a Community of Care” welcomes submissions from practitioners at all stages of their careers: students, writers, editors, publishers, teachers, and administrators. We invite proposals from Indigenous, Canadian and international participants with a range of local and global perspectives on creative writing.

Dynamic and innovative approaches to presentations that use critical and creative strategies and forms may assume the form of:

  • Panel sessions (75 minutes; 2-5 speakers)

  • Multimedia & collaborative presentations (50 minutes; 2-5 speakers)

  • Individual presentations (15 minutes)

  • Workshops (45-75 minutes, with at least one facilitator; may be discussion- or technology-based)

  • Readings/spoken word performances (time frame is flexible; please include details in your proposal)

  • Friday and Saturday evening events (time frame is flexible; please include details in your proposal). This year, CCWWP is leaving the evening time slots open to our members’ input. We’d like to program a series of interactive activities that occur concurrently. Please pitch us your ideas for poetry slams, artistic encounters of all kinds, readings, experimental workshops, collaborative creation sessions, events that bring in a multi-media or other approach, other art forms, whatever moves you. If you have questions email us at conference@CCWWP.ca

We are committed to addressing historical marginalization, discrimination, and exclusion structuring mainstream organizational and colonial logics. We welcome proposals from people of colour, Indigenous peoples, disabled people and LGBTQ2S+ people. Proposals and presentations may be submitted in English, French or Indigenous languages.

CCWWP is flexible on the format of these events and encourages creative proposals for discussions, forums and collaborative work. Cohesive panel proposals will be given priority over individual presentation submissions.

All proposals will be peer-reviewed by CCWWP and the programming committee. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by CCWWP at the end of March 2019.

Submitters do not need to be CCWWP members in order to submit a proposal, but they must be CCWWP members in order to attend and participate in the conference. You need not be affiliated with a university to present at or attend the conference. The CCWWP conference is an academic one, and is unable to reimburse participants for their presentations.

Registration fees will be determined in early 2019, when online registration will also open. Rates for students, sessionals, as well as non-presenters will be available. Attendance and access for self-identifying Indigenous peoples is free. CCWWP 2019 is committed to providing a safe and accessible conference for all participants.

Submission Deadline

Conference proposals must be received online by February 15, 2019. Submit proposals using CCWWP’s online submission form at:


Submit a Proposal


Panel Organizer

All panel proposals should identify a panel organizer who will serve as the primary contact. The event organizer will receive an acceptance notification if the proposed panel is accepted for the 2019 conference. The organizer is responsible for confirming all event particulars, including participant contact information and bios, scheduling requests and A/V needs. Panel proposals should also include plans for a moderator or MC if needed.

Presentation Proposals

Proposals can be for the presentation of formal or informal papers, literary readings/

performances or discussions. CCWWP is looking to balance academic, community and industry concerns in the conference proceedings.

Limitations on Participation

In order for CCWWP to create a diverse and well-balanced schedule, presenters may participate in no more than two (2) accepted events, only one of which may be a reading.


Include the following:

1) Valid email address(es)

2) Complete presentation description (500 words) OR panel description (if submitting panel proposal) (500 words)

3) Category of presentation you are submitting—see categories below

4) Biographical note of no more than 50 words (for each participant)


If your event requires audio-visual equipment, please select your requirements on the proposal submission form.

We respectfully acknowledge that Trent University is on the treaty and traditional territory of the Mississauga Anishinaabeg.  We offer our gratitude to the First Peoples for their care for, and teachings about, our earth and our relations.  May we honour those teachings.

CCWWP wishes to express our deep gratitude to the Mississauga Anishinaabeg people for allowing us to engage in exchanging ideas on this land. Changing the ways we teach and learn means challenging the colonial foundations of education and technology. We are grateful for the opportunity to do this work here. Thank you.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:


Presentations focused on issues related to effective teaching of writing at all levels: graduate workshops, undergraduate seminars, K though 12, and writers-in-the-schools or community classes. Proposals should state the level(s) of education upon which presenters will focus.

Indigenous Writing & Storytelling

Presentations focused on the presence and possibilities of a variety of Indigenous forms of writing/storytelling or explorations of creative writing pedagogies developed/ developing in Indigenous communities.

Equity & Diversity Through Creative Writing

Presentations focused on creative writing practice as it does, can or fails to foster social equity. Presentations addressing the creation of a literary and social landscape characterized by diversity.

Environmental Issues & Creative Writing

Presentations focused on creative writing as it pertains to creating and maintaining sustainable ecological practices and/or facing the consequences of negligent environmental practices.


Presentations addressing the craft of writing fiction. Discussions of trends and conventions in published fiction. Readings of fictional works are also welcome.


Presentations focused on the craft of writing nonfiction and/or discussions of trends and conventions in nonfiction. Alternatively, readings by authors of memoirs, essays of creative nonfiction or literary biographies.


Presentations focused on the craft of writing and/or performing poetry. Discussions of poetics, trends, conventions or forms of poetry. Poetry readings or performances are also welcome.

Oral Storytelling

Presentations on the history, craft and culture of oral storytelling. Alternatively, storytelling performances.

Playwrighting & Screenwriting

Presentations focused on elements of playwrighting or screenwriting craft. Analyses of plays and/or screenplays. Discussions of cultural trends in theater, cinema and television. Readings by actors, playwrights or screenwriters are also welcome.

Children’s Literature/YA Literature

Presentations addresing the craft and criticism of writing for younger audiences. Readings of works for children/YA readers.

Literary Translation

Presentations that address the craft and criticism of literary translation and/or focus on readings of translated literary works.

Cross-Genre Works

Discussions of issues related to the craft and criticism of cross-genre writing. Alternatively, readings of works that cross genre lines, or readings by writers in two or more genres.

Publishing, Editing, & Technology

Presentations focused on editors, publishers, distributors and the technological facilitators of literary books, anthologies, journals, book reviews, web sites and electronic media.

Agents, Contracts, & Marketing

Presentations and workshops that address the business side of publishing.

Living as a Writer

Presentations focused on writing as a practice sustained within or outside of the academy. Topics could include making a living, strategies for maintaining a writing life or the interrelationship of writing and other aspects of life.


Submit a Proposal