CFP: [General] Creative Nonfiction (11/1/2008, 3/26-28/2009).

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Erica K. Bleeg
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Creative Nonfiction at CEA 2009

70th Anniversary Conference
March 26-28, 2009
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA

Call for Papers in Creative Nonfiction
The College English Association invites creative nonfiction essays and papers about creative
nonfiction that reflect or directly address this year’s conference theme: Design.
In works of and about creative nonfiction, design may be approached from several angles. One is
a focus on form, as in lyric and disjunctive essaysâ€"Thalia Field’s “Apparatus for the Inscription
of a Falling Body,” Kerry Reilly’s “Shards,” and Joe Wenderoth’s “Things to Do Today”â€"where
structure affirms the intellectual and emotional content while paradoxically suggesting that the
outside world is near and could break that structure all apart. Lyric or otherwise, all narratives
face structural demands. CEA welcomes papers on this subject, too: William Gass’s “Finding a
Form” comes to mind. Design in nature and architecture, in the tools we use, and how design
shapes our perceptions may be another focus, as in Lia Purpura’s “Sugar Eggs: A Reverie,”
Barbara Hurd’s “Stirring the Mud,” or Gaston Bachelard’s Poetics of Space, wherein “drawers,
chests, locks, and wardrobes …are veritable organs of the secret psychological life.” This list is
not exhaustive, nor are the aforementioned categories intended to be mutually exclusive. The
theme of design, like the not-so-easily-defined genre of creative nonfiction, is infinitely flexible.

Submission Deadline: November 1, 2008
For more information on how to submit, please see the full CFP at

General Call for Papers
CEA also welcomes proposals for presentations in any of the areas English departments typically
encompassâ€"literature, creative writing, composition, technical communication, linguistics, and
filmâ€"on the theme of design. We live in a world atomized into text messages and jump cuts,
socially constructed snippets on networking sites, fragmented blogs and news bites, ones and
zeroes. In such a context, is there still a role for conscious designâ€"of literature, of art, of
rhetoric, of learning? After the death of the author, who designs the texts we love to see, read,
and study? Or do we make our own designations, sketching out the plot, shading in the design,
creating meaning as we find it?

In addition, CEA welcome papers on areas that influence our work as academics, including
student demographics, student/instructor accountability and assessment, student advising,
academic leadership in departments and programs, and the place of the English department in
the university.

All presenters at the 2009 CEA conference must become members of CEA by January 1, 2009. To
join CEA, please go to
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ERICA K. BLEEG, Assistant Professor
James Madison University
Department of English
MSC 1801
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807

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