The Conference on Community Writing

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Program for Writing & Rhetoric, University of Colorado Boulder

Announcing the first Conference on Community Writing,
hosted by the Program for Writing & Rhetoric at University of Colorado Boulder: October 16-17, 2015.

Confirmed speakers include Eli Goldblatt, Paul Feigenbaum, Steve Parks, Phyllis Ryder, Shannon Carter, Deborah Mutnick, Derek Owens, Jeff Grabill, John Ackerman, and more.
The program will feature panels, workshops, field trips, and action-oriented think tanks facilitated by community and disciplinary leaders, addressing critical questions about writing and rhetoric in relation to social, environmental, and economic movements.

The conference theme, Building Engaged Infrastructure, challenges attendees to build strong and durable community-university partnerships through teaching, research, and community writing, simultaneously challenging faculty who do community-engaged work to find support within university departments. The theme also explores how to build institutional support for departments themselves as they become more engaged and committed to community-engaged instruction and scholarship across the curriculum, an essential infrastructure if the work is to be sustainable.

Call for Participation

We welcome proposals for individual papers, panels of 3-4 presenters, and workshops that will help us understand how writing functions socially to inform, to empower, and to transform and how to build infrastructure to support engaged research and pedagogy.

Proposals should be no longer than 500 words. A cover page should include the presenter's name(s), professional title and affiliation, and contact information, including email. Please specify whether you are submitting an individual paper, panel, or workshop, and include the title.

We invite proposals related to Building Engaged Infrastructure on the following topics:

  • Writing in the community
  • Community-engaged pedagogies, including service-learning
  • Public and civic rhetorics
  • Literacy studies
  • Digital work, such as digital storytelling and multimodal public rhetorics
  • Social entrepreneurship and business/professional writing
  • Community-based scholarship and research
  • Race, class, gender, and diversity
  • Writing and social justice
  • Creative non-fiction and journalism
  • Sustainability and food studies
  • Community publishing
  • Administrative work with and support for community-engaged writing and research

Concurrent Session Proposal: A traditional panel session consists of 3-4 speakers presenting for 75 minutes, including at least 15 minutes of Q and A.  Presenters may propose a full panel or an individual paper.

Workshop Proposal: A workshop session will consist of 120 minutes of presentation and collaborative work with the audience. Successful workshop proposals will include theoretical background and questions or practical tasks for the attendees that the workshop leaders might facilitate.

Submission deadline is December 5, 2014.  You will be notified of the committee's decision in February, 2015.

» Please visit the conference website for more information and to submit proposals:

Feel free to contact the conference chair, Veronica House, with questions.