CCWWP 2014 – Canada’s Writing Conference
May 15—18, 2014 — Vancouver, BC

Call for Proposals

Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs (CCWWP) seeks proposals for panel discussions, forums, readings, presentations and papers, about:

  • the process of writing
  • the pedagogy of teaching writing
  • the business of writing and publishing
  • creating and managing educational programs for writers
  • elements of craft and criticism

This conference offers participants the opportunity to engage in intellectual exchanges with other teachers and writers; to discuss, debate and explore topics and findings in creative writing research; to discuss the teaching and learning of creative writing in universities, colleges and communities, and to contribute knowledge to a field of investigative inquiry that includes research, pedagogy, and artistic practice.

CCWWP invites dynamic and innovative approaches to presentations and welcomes presentations that employ critical and creative strategies and forms. Multi-­‐media and collaborative presentations are also encouraged. We particularly encourage active, moderated panel discussions.

Proposal details

Who Can Propose?

The committee welcomes proposals from Canadian and international participants, as well as proposals from authors, editors, administrators, and teachers with a range of global perspectives on creative writing.

Submitters do not need to be CCWWP members to propose a conference event. Special panelist rates have been created for conference registration. CCWWP reserves the right to reject any panel proposal.


Panel sessions are 75 minutes in length. CCWWP is flexible on the format of these events and encourages create proposals for discussions, forums, and collaborative work. Cohesive panel proposals will be given priority over individual presentation submissions.

Any papers presented should be no more than 15 minutes in length.

Submission Deadline

Conference proposals must be received by November 1, 2013. Proposals may only be submitted via CCWWP’s online submission form.

Approvals will be granted by December 20, 2013

Panel Organizer / Moderator

All conference panel proposals should identify one 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 2014 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.

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. Each proposal can have a minimum of one (for paper presentations) and maximum of five (5) participants, including the organizer.

Proposal Submission

Include the following:

  1. Valid email address(es)
  2. Complete presentation description (max 500 words) OR panel description (if submitting panel proposal)(max 500 words).
  3. Category of presentation you are submitting. See categories below.
  4. Summary of presentation (max 100 words) suitable for inclusion in the conference program.
  5. Biographical note of no more than 50 words for each participant.


If audio-­visual equipment is necessary to your event, please select your equipment requirements on the proposal submission form, and provide a rationale.

Topic List

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

Agents, Contracts, & Marketing
These presentations and workshops address the business side of publishing

Cross-Genre Readings & Other Presentations
Readings by three or more writers in two or more genres. Also, presentations of work outside the major genres such as graphic novel, new media, spoken word, performance, translation, lyric and libretto.

Fiction Craft & Criticism
These presentations focus on the craft of writing short stories and novels as well as discussions of trends and conventions in published fiction.

Fiction Readings
Readings by three or more authors of novels and short story collections.

Nonfiction Craft & Criticism
These presentations focus on the craft of writing nonfiction as well as discussions of trends and conventions in published nonfiction.

Nonfiction Readings
Readings by three or more authors of memoirs, essays of creative nonfiction, and literary biographies.

These presentations focus primarily 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 clarify which levels of education upon which the presenters will focus.

Playwriting & Screenwriting: Craft & Criticism
These presentations focus on elements of craft as well as appreciations of other writers and discussions of cultural trends in theater, cinema, and television.

Playwriting & Screenwriting Readings
Readings by actors, playwrights, or screenwriters.

Poetry Craft & Criticism
These presentations focus on the craft of writing poetry as well as discussions of trends, conventions, and different forms of poetry.

Poetry Readings
Readings by two or more authors of poetry.

Publishing, Editing, & Technology
These presentations are addressed to editors, publishers, distributors, and the technological facilitators of literary books, anthologies, journals, book reviews, web sites, and electronic media.

Other Forms: Craft & Criticism
These presentations focus on elements of craft and the appreciation of forms of writing outside the major genres.

“Fringe” Panels

The 2014 CCWWP Conference will be including 2 “fringe” panels that will feature experimental, unconventional, and/or risky presentations suitable for a raucous late-­night crowd. The literature of the Zombie Apocalypse? Fifty Shades of Grey? Surprise us!