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The call for proposals for the 2019 CCCC Annual Convention is now closed.

Proposals will be sent to review soon and announcements will go out in late August 2018. 

Registration and housing information will be available in late summer.

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Area Clusters

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Grants and Travel Awards

The clusters below are used to help organize the review of proposals and create the program. To ensure fairness and equal representation, proposals are generally accepted in proportion to numbers received in the clusters. Selecting a particular cluster neither advantages nor disadvantages your proposal. Sometimes a single proposal might fit into two or three areas, or a proposal might not fit well into any area. However, if you do not choose a category, your proposal will not be reviewed and therefore will not be accepted for the program. Please consider these categories as a heuristic, and understand that in making a selection, you emphasize the primary focus of and the best reviewing audience for your proposal.


First-Year and Advanced Composition

  • Disciplinarity and FYC or advanced writing courses (e.g., curricular approaches and goals)
  • Politics of FYC/advanced composition (e.g., required courses, dual credit/enrollment, competency-based approaches, direct assessment)
  • First-year/advanced writing and transfer, transformation, repurposing, remix, etc.
  • FYC/Advanced courses and student populations
  • TA/graduate pedagogy
  • Support for writers (graduate, faculty)
  • WAC/WID courses or support
  • Innovative approaches to FYC/advanced writing

Basic Writing

  • Politics of remediation
  • Public policy and basic writing (e.g., “college readiness,” college completion initiatives)
  • Assessment and basic writing
  • Basic writing and transfer, transformation, etc.
  • Articulation with first-year composition
  • Basic writing and student populations
  • Innovative approaches to basic writing (pedagogical, programmatic)
  • Integrated reading/writing

Community, Civic & Public

  • Community literacy practices and programs
  • Civic engagement and deliberation
  • Community-based research or service (grant writing, community client projects)
  • Policy advocacy
  • Other contexts (political, ethnic, cultural, recovery, support, prisons, adult education centers, religious)

Creative Writing

  • Alt writing
  • Creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama
  • Digital genres
  • Life writing, memoir, auto/biography
  • Pedagogy
  • Publishing


  • History of movements in CCCC
  • Histories of rhetoric
  • Histories of professional communication
  • Histories of composition
  • Histories of writing practices/instruction
  • Histories of un/schooled literacy practices
  • Oral traditions or cultural histories of rhetoric

Information Technologies

  • Computer-based literacies
  • Online identities (Second Life, Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
  • E-learning (online, hybrid, distance learning, MOOCs, blogs)
  • Electronic publishing practices and tools (epub, xml, iBook)
  • Media studies
  • Software, app development and design

Institutional and Professional

  • Working conditions and adjunct/contingent faculty concerns
  • Cross-institutional articulation
  • Cross-professional articulation (AAHE, CLA, MLA, NCA, AERA, etc.)
  • Cross-disciplinary collaboration
  • Department and programs (majors, minors, graduate)
  • Independent writing/rhetoric programs or centers
  • Intellectual property
  • Department/division assessment or review
  • Teacher preparation


  • English language learners and literacy and writing
  • Translingualism, multilingualism
  • Language policies and politics
  • Language identities, variation and diversity
  • World Englishes
  • Globalization of English

Postsecondary Reading/Literacy

  •  Integrated reading and writing instruction
  • Teaching reading in first-year/advanced writing
  • Politics of postsecondary reading instruction
  • Culture of reading in postsecondary contexts
  • Pedagogical approaches to teaching reading
  • Assessing reading in first-year/advanced writing
  • Disciplinary literacy
  • Faculty training in reading instruction
  • Academic literacy
  • Reading-writing connections

Professional and Technical Writing

  • Writing in the professions: business, science, public policy, etc.
  • Information design & architecture
  • Usability and user-experience design
  • Consulting and teaching in the workplace
  • Workplace studies
  • Intercultural communication


  • Research study results
  • Alignment, outcomes and/or assessment research
  • Big data
  • Use and relevance of innovative research methods (historiographic, linguistic, archival, surveys, databases, ethnographies, case studies, etc.)
  • Extensions of research or instruction into new sites of inquiry
  • Innovative methodologies or research designs
  • Ethics and representation
  • IRBs and intellectual property
  • Reporting formats
  • Undergraduate research
  • Politics of research

Writing Pedagogies and Processes

  • Student populations and instruction
  • Classroom/campus situations and strategies
  • Collaborative writing
  • Assignment/curriculum design and evaluation
  • Response to student texts
  • Multimedia/multimodal classrooms
  • Teaching and learning in digital environments
  • Innovative pedagogical approaches


  • Rhetorical theory and theories of visual rhetoric
  • Theories of composing
  • Theories of reading and writing
  • Theories of pedagogy
  • Theories of learning to write and writing development
  • Theories of literacy
  • Theories of writing in society
  • Critical, gender, race, identity, disability, feminist, queer, and cultural theories
  • Theories from other disciplines (sociology, psychology, linguistics, human factors, etc.)

Writing Programs

  • Program design
  • Administrative issues or concerns
  • Program-wide curriculum design and assessment
  • Learning communities
  • Service learning or outreach
  • Tutoring
  • Writing centers
  • Adult literacy
  • The writing major/minor profession


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