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Creative Nonfiction: Voices, San Antonio, TX, March 25-27, 2010
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College English Association
CALL FOR PAPERS
Conference Theme: VOICES
The College English Association invites papers and creative works-in-progress on the theme of voices in Creative Nonfiction Writing.
“Remember the Alamo!” cried Texans who’d joined arms with General Sam Houston after the Alamo fell. They were defending their home, but we ask now, Whose home was it? At the Alamo itself, voices called from opposing sides of the wall, representing two distinct cultures, ideologies, and ways of being. Truth is about territory. In the interest of hearing an array of voices, we call out for your creative nonfiction on voices. Under the many subgenres of creative nonfiction, a voice may take many forms. Here are a few:
The Personal Essay:
Literary or “New” Journalism:
Oral histories and ethnographic essays as well as essays that experiment with form through double and polyphonous voices are also welcome. The aforementioned categories are not meant to be exhaustive or mutually exclusive. The theme of voices, like the not-so-easily-defined genre of creative nonfiction, is infinitely flexible. Submit individual proposals that fall under one of the categories above. If you would like to organize a panel under a different subject relating to passage, please follow the instructions for submitting a panel.
Abstracts for proposals should be between 200 and 500 words in length and should include a title.
Submitting electronically is a two-step process: 1) setting up a user ID, then 2) using that ID to log in—this time to a welcome page which provides a link for submitting proposals to the conference.
The conference is also inviting scholarly papers on literature and film, so when you submit your proposal, use the pull-down menu to indicate your special topic area (Creative Nonfiction Writing). Also indicate that your submission should be directed to me, Erica Bleeg, chair of the Creative Nonfiction Writing panels.
If submitting a proposal for a panel, panel organizers should create user IDs for all proposed participants.
Though we prefer to receive electronic submissions, CEA will accept hard copy proposals postmarked by October 15, 2009. Be sure to include your name and institutional affiliation, mailing address, email address, title and abstract of 200-500 words, audio/visual equipment needs, and any other special needs.
Address paper submissions to:
· For membership questions, contact Joseph Pestino, CEA Treasurer –Membership Center, Department of English, Nazareth College of Rochester, 245 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618; phone (585-389-2645); email firstname.lastname@example.org (put “Treasurer” in the subject line).
· For general conference questions, contact Charles A.S. Ernst, Executive Director –CEA Headquarters, Department of Arts and Sciences, Hilbert College, 5200 South Park Avenue, Hamburg, NY 14075; phone (716-649-7900, ext. 315); email email@example.com
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