Call for proposals

Australasian Association of Writing Programs 23rd Annual Conference

28–30 November 2018
Perth, Western Australia

We invite presentations—from pedagogy, research, and practice in creative or professional writing, editing and publishing—that explore or excavate these different ways of writing beyond and outside the obvious, enabling alternative worlds, ideas or truths to emerge.

Presentation themes may be drawn from (but are not limited to) the following:

Presentation themes  
Edgy or experimental writingBorders, genres and their limitsIndigenous visions
Writing from the edge/belowMinority writing (e.g. disability, LGBTQI, refugee)Reading/writing through a different lens
Writing from the regionsWriting for performanceCollaborative writing
InterdisciplinarityAmbiguity or ambivalenceOut of sight
The looming, the unavoidable, the obstructiveGlimpsing futuresAlternative approaches—sneaking up on the difficult or divisive
Peripheral visions of the exegesisResisting tunnel vision, beyond bias

Proposals for individual papers, panels and alternative formats are all welcome, as we hope to produce a program which speaks to the conference theme in both form and content.

Proposals may be a work of scholarship on or about creative practice, or one engaging with the conference theme in any way, or may be a creative work which incorporates a scholarly framework to be presented along with the creative element. Individual papers will be 20 minutes long; panels may be 60–90 minutes long.

Proposed papers will not be subject to peer review. Instead, participants will have the opportunity to submit presented papers to a peer-reviewed journal special edition—further details will follow.

Postgraduates are particularly encouraged to submit to the conference, and a postgrad masterclass will be held on the afternoon prior to the conference (27 November).

Submit your proposal

Proposals (max 200 words) should be submitted by 13 July 2018.

You should use ‘CFP: AAWP2018’ as the subject line and submit your proposal to

Please note: to present at the Conference, you will need to be a financial member of the AAWP. AAWP yearly membership fees are $35 for students, unwaged or sessional workers, and $90 for salaried staff.