Creative Writing in the 21st Century: Research and Practice

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Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs CCWWP Conference 2012
Creative Writing in the 21st Century: Research and Practice
Humber Lakeshore Campus, Toronto
Thursday, May 10th – Sunday, May 13th , 2012
Keynote Speakers: Joseph Boyden, Nicole Brossard, David Fenza, Erin Mouré, Yvette Nolan, and Tim O'Brien
This conference offers participants the opportunity to present creative or critical papers and 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.
The Conference Committee invites proposals for papers and panels of theoretical, creative, and critical papers on the conference topic. The committee 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. Papers should be approx 20 minutes in length. Panel proposals of three presenters may address a common theme.
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.
Presenters may propose presentations in the following categories:
Theoretical and critical papers
Please submit an abstract of 300 words for a 20 minute presentation. Individual presenters should include a brief biographical note of 150 words, as well as full contact information.
Creative readings
Proposals should include a sample of work (10 poems; literary non-fiction and fiction 10-12 pages; plays 10-12 pages, or hybrid forms 10-12 pages). Creative panels with three readers may also be proposed. Submit a 300-word abstract, 150-word bio and full contact information.
Panel presentations with three papers
Chairs should convene a panel and submit the proposal to the Conference Committee. Chairs should provide complete information on each presenter's paper, an overall focus for the panel, 300-word abstracts, biographical notes for each presenter, and contact information.
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
• Investigations on the nature of creative writing practice and practice-led research
• Analyses of creative writing practices in history and across cultures
• Creative writing debates and discussions on literary genres and pedagogy
• Research on creative writing pedagogy and practices
• Research on creative writing programs
• Translation of literary works; cross-cultural, cross-linguistic and multi-lingual literary works
• Hybrid and experimental forms of creative writing
• Creative writing in digital media, social networks, blogs, twitter, e-learning
• Literary publishing and the creative writer in a multi-media universe
• Creative writing as a discipline in higher-education institutions
• Creative writing in communities and public spaces (hospitals, prisons, immigrant and community groups, etc)
• Reading and writing creative practice
• The role of reading in artistic and creative writing pedagogy
• The state of creative writing programs in international settings (U.S., U.K, Europe, Asia, Australia, and others)

Abstracts and proposals should be sent electronically in Word-formatted attachments to the CFP at:
Deadline: September 30, 2011