2017 Conference

Blue Ridge Assembly

Blue Ridge Assembly, site of the 2017 Creative Writing Studies Conference

2nd Annual Creative Writing Studies Conference

"Creative Writing Studies in Trump’s USA"

November 10-13, 2017

Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Mountain, NC


All conference attendees including presenters must be current CWSO members. To become a member, click here.

Conference registration fee on or before August 15: $125
After August 15: $175

The conference fee includes access to all conference programming, a reception, three breakfasts at the conference venue, and two box lunches.

We are sorry, but we are unable to refund conference registration fees for cancellations.

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Call for Papers

The Creative Writing Studies Conference is focused on research and scholarship in creative writing. We seek proposals that are well written, well researched, theoretically grounded, and connected to current conversations in the field. Proposals should demonstrate an understanding of previous scholarship on the subject under investigation and should aim to create new knowledge and/or challenge disciplinary conceptions and practices. Proposals based solely on the author’s own experience may be appropriate if they are the result of well-defined action research and used established research methods. It is expected that research involving human subjects will conform to the highest standards of ethical conduct as outlined by the Institutional Review Board of the scholar’s home university.


The CFP submission form will be open from February 9-April 1 extended to April 15. Read the below guidlines and follow the link at the bottom of the page.


Conference Tracks and Theme: "Creative Writing Studies in Trump’s USA"

We are interested in proposals that concern creative writing and pedagogy; history; qualitative and quantitative research; the digital and multimodal; diversity and inclusion; professionalization and labor; theory, craft, and culture; and social action.

This year, in addition to papers that correspond to the above tracks, we also seek papers that respond to this political moment. As scholars and teachers, how do we respond to Donald Trump’s presidency and policies and to the rise of white nationalism? Papers that respond to this special topic should also correspond to one of the conference tracks. 

We seek articles on creative writing pedagogies that offer both a theoretical and historical background as well as practical applications to engage and reinvigorate the creative process for both students and teachers. We also welcome articles that advance and enlarge theoretical perspectives for creative writing pedagogy scholarship. 

We welcome proposals exploring the histories of individuals, groups, and communities; institutions (broadly defined); and texts related to creative writing as a process, taught subject, or cultural practice. We seek proposals on creative writing pedagogies that offer both a theoretical and historical background as well as practical applications to engage and reinvigorate the creative process for both students and teachers. We also welcome proposals that advance and enlarge theoretical perspectives for creative writing pedagogy scholarship.

Qualitative and Quantitative Research
We seek proposals that investigate the practice, pedagogy, and history of creative writing based on empirical research. We are also open to receiving work that is grounded in research while also challenging the assumptions and conventions of academic discourse in narrative, lyrical, dramatic, avant-garde, theoretical, or meta-theoretical modes. Additionally, we are interested in proposals that interrogate the definition and practice of creative writing research itself. 

Digital and Multimodal
Creative Writing Studies scholarship welcomes examination of and engagement with changes in the technologies--especially digital technologies--that affect the composition, publication, and distribution of creative writing of all genres. 

Diversity and inclusion
We particularly seek proposals that directly address race, ethnicity, ability, culture, class, language, and gender/sexuality difference as experienced and studied in the creative writing academic arena. 

Professionalization and Labor
Teaching creative writing in the university or college intersects employment and institutional issues that often go unexamined. We seek proposals that discuss adjunct/contingent or professorial status; exploitative and/or uneven workloads, pay, and/or benefits; teacher training; interdisciplinarity; assessment; funding; and diversity requirements (or lack thereof). 

Theory, Craft, and Culture
For years, creative writers have taught "craft" as if it were a transparent set of values—fixed and universally agreed-upon in how it defines a particular genre.  But creative writing is always embedded in particular cultural, aesthetic, critical, and (often) institutional contexts. We seek proposals that investigate the relationship between authors and these respective contexts, particularly as it stands to theoretically ground creative writing studies in the humanities at large and to further enrich what we talk about when we talk about "craft."

Social Action
We seek proposals that examine the connection between creative writing and its role in the public sphere. More specifically, we seek scholarly essays that reveal how creative writing is being used to engender social change, promote community activism, or intervene in culture in ways that reconnect poetics and politics, form and function, innovation and action, play and protest, artfulness and utility.

Workshops are 60-minute sessions where participants will be actively involved in doing or making something related to creative writing, such as classroom activities or how to use tools or techniques. Workshops must be grounded in sound pedagogical theory and evidence-based practice; we are not interested in lore-based writing prompts (even if they're really good ones!) unless they connect to one of the conference tracks in an explicit way, for example using digital tools, engaging with social action, or addressing issues of diversity and inclusion.


Before you begin, note that in order to complete the CFP you will need:

  • Names and email addresses of all presenters
  • A description of your submission that does not exceed 500 words
  • A minimum of 5 relevant scholarly citations that support the proposal's description