2016 Conference Call for Proposals

CCWWP 2016 – Canadian Writers’ Summit
June 15-19, 2016 – Toronto, ON

Call for Proposals

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

  • the art of writing
  • the pedagogy of teaching writing
  • the business of writing and publishing
  • educational and community programs for writers
  • elements of craft and criticism

In 2016 CCWWP’s conference programming will be part of a 4-day, multi-organization super-conference held at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The inaugural Canadian Writers’ Summit offers CCWWP participants the opportunity to engage in collaborative intellectual and creative exchanges with other writers and teachers; to explore new issues and topics in research, craft, pedagogy, and the writing life; and to discuss the teaching and learning of creative writing in universities, colleges, and communities.

CCWWP invites dynamic and innovative approaches to presentations and welcomes moderated panel proposals and/or individual paper proposals that employ critical and creative strategies and forms. Multi-media and collaborative presentations are encouraged.


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. We encourage collaborations that emphasize Canadian writing in French and English, and welcome diverse approaches to writing, pedagogy, and publishing in traditional media formats as well as those practices pursued in the digital humanities.

CCWWP is committed to representing regional writers, teachers, and literary organizations, as well as showcasing authors who represent a full variety of literary genres. The committee supports individuals who embody diverse literary professions, aesthetics, ethnicities, subjects, interests, and specialties, and supports the representation of individuals from a wide range of professional backgrounds, including teachers, students, administrators, and graduate students.

CCWWP recognizes the under-representation in Canadian letters by women writers, writers of color, First Nations writers, and LGBTQ writers, and encourages panel and presentation proposals by these communities.

Submitters do not need to be CCWWP members to propose a conference event; however, if your paper and/or panel proposal is accepted for the conference, you must become a paid member of CCWWP. Special panelist rates have been created for conference registration.



  • Panel sessions are 75 minutes in length.
  • 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.
  • Individual presentations should be no more than 15 minutes in length.
  • CCWWP reserves the right to reject any panel or individual paper proposal.

Submission Deadline

Conference proposals must be received by November 2, 2015.

Approvals will be granted by December 21, 2015.

Proposals may only be submitted via CCWWP’s online submission form, found here.


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 2016 conference. The organizer is responsible for confirming all event particulars, including participant contact information and bios, special scheduling requests, accessibility accommodation requirements, and A/V needs. Panel proposals should also specify plans for a moderator or MC. The moderator/MC needn’t be the same person as the panel organizer, but this role should be assigned to someone already participating in the panel.


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.


What to Include in Your Proposal

  1. Valid email address(es) for each participant
  2. a) For individual presentation proposals, a complete description (max 500 words), or b) For panel proposals, a complete description (max 500 words) of the overall panel AND a description of each individual presentation (max 500 words)
  3. Summary of panel (max 100 words) suitable for inclusion in the conference program
  4. Biographical note of no more than 50 words for each participant

Audio-Visual Requests

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 the following:

Agents, Contracts, & Marketing

Artistic & Professional Stewardship

Children’s & Young Adult Literature: Craft, Criticism, & Readings

Classroom and/or Community Pedagogy

Cross-Genre Readings & Other Presentations

Digital Contexts of Creative Writing

Fiction: Craft, Criticism, & Readings

International Collaborations

Narrative & New Media

Nonfiction: Craft, Criticism, & Readings

Playwriting & Screenwriting: Craft, Criticism, & Readings

Poetry: Craft, Criticism, & Readings

Program Development & Administration

Publishing, Editing, & Technology

Translation: Craft, Criticism, & Readings

Tributes to Individual Writers and/or Teachers


Submit your proposal by November 2, 2015 here.