CCCC at USC Regional Conference

deadline for submissions: 
October 22, 2020
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CCCC/NCTE and University of Southern California
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CALL FOR PROPOSALS (extended deadline)


Theme: Building Diverse Communities through Writing

University of Southern California | Los Angeles, CA | December 18-19, 2020 (online meeting)


Deadline: October 22, 2020, 11:59 p.m.

The Writing Program at the University of Southern California invites proposals for Building Diverse Communities through Writing, a CCCC Regional Conference to be hosted virtually on the Zoom platform. Please propose an individual presentation for inclusion in a panel, a roundtable, a teaching forum. (Note: those who were already accepted for the conference originally to be held in May 2020 need not re-submit.)

In keeping with the CCCC’s 2022 Strategic Vision, the conference will focus on advocating “for a broad definition of writing (including composition, digital production, and diverse language practices) that emphasizes its value as a human activity that empowers individuals and communities to shape their worlds.” In our composition classrooms, we stress to students the value of participating in ongoing conversations, acknowledging audiences, and treating writing as part of broader social endeavors. We strive to help our students position their writing in the world. In doing so, we encourage our students to discover the ways in which writers relate to other writers both inside and outside the classroom.

As teachers, we also belong to formal and informal writing communities, which need continual attention and care. Again in the words of the CCCC’s 2022 Strategic Vision, we have an interest in “the conditions under which teachers and scholars can discuss, build, and practice sustainable, relevant, and ethical models of teaching and learning,” with a commitment to “a diversity of races, cultures, languages, identities, institutions, and institutional roles.” What practical strategies for implementing these goals can we identify as we consider the highly social aspects of writing?

The Call

We invite you to engage with issues involving the construction and maintenance of diverse and inclusive writing communities in our classrooms, departments, and the profession as a whole. Topics might include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • community engagement strategies and case studies
  • community-building challenges of dual-enrollment and bridge programs
  • fostering diversity and community in online learning environments
  • literacy outcomes and discourse communities
  • universal design and the composition classroom
  • restorative justice
  • collaborative writing, theory and practice
  • needs of English Language Learners
  • creating community through alternative literacies
  • activism and advocacy in the composition classroom
  • the writing center as a communal space.


To Submit:

Please use the link below to submit proposals of 150-250 words for one of the following presentation formats. The deadline is 11:59 p.m., October 22, 2020:

  1. Panels. 10-15 minute presentations delivered with three other speakers in a 75-minute session. We will ask presenters to concentrate on direct, focused remarks, leaving sufficient time for discussion.
  1. Roundtables. Structured conversations designed to spur interaction. Speakers will make brief remarks (under 5 minutes) in response to a focused question; a moderator will pose follow-up questions; and the audience will engage in wider conversation.
  1. Teaching Forums. Similar in form and function to the Teacher to Teacher event at CCCC, the forums invite participants to share teaching ideas or challenges that would benefit from focused feedback. Participants will be led by a facilitator and will present a brief overview and questions for small-group discussion with peers. Group and individual proposals are welcome.

To submit your proposal, please visit the USC Writing Program’s website at:

For questions contact:

Dr. David Tomkins at

Dr. Eric Rawson at