CCWWP 2017 – Canada’s Writing Conference

**Deadline extended!

UNB, Fredericton
June 9-11, 2017

Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs (CCWWP) seeks proposals for presentations, provocations, instigations, papers, readings, panels discussions or forums addressing:

  • – contemporary literature
  • – the process of writing
  • – the pedagogy of teaching writing
  • – the business of publishing
  • – creating and managing educational programs for writers

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.

CCWWP invites dynamic and innovative approaches to presentations and welcomes presentations that use critical and creative strategies and forms. We also encourage multi-media and collaborative presentations. Individual presentations should be approx 15 minutes in length. The committee welcomes proposals from Canadian and international participants, as well as proposals from writers, editors, administrators and teachers with a range of global perspectives on creative writing. We are interested in presentations in either English or French. We particularly encourage submissions from people of colour, Indigenous peoples, dis/ and differently-abled people and LGBTQ people.

Panel sessions are 75 minutes long and normally comprise 3 x 15-minute individual presentations or readings, leaving time for discussion or other interactions. 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.

Submitters do not need to be CCWWP members in order to submit a proposal, but they must be CCWWP members in order to attend the conference.

Submission Deadline

Conference proposals must be received online by January 30, 2017, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Submit proposals using CCWWP’s online submission form.

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 2017 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 a panel proposal)


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

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.


Presentations addressing the craft of writing fiction or 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.

Playwriting & Screenwriting

Presentations focused on elements of playwright or screenwriting craft as well as appreciations of other writers or discussions of cultural trends in theater, cinema and television. Readings by actors, playwrights or screenwriters are also welcome.

Oral Storytelling

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


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

Literary Translation

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

Children’s Literature/YA Literature

These presentations address the craft and criticism of writing for younger audiences and/or focus on readings of works for children/YA readers.

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.

Environmental Issues & Creative Writing

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

Equity & Diversity Through Creative Writing

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

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.