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Michigan College English Association 

Michigan State University, Bessey Hall, 434 Farm Lane, East Lansing MI 48824
October 5, 2019

Proposals Due: September 24, 2019

Themes:  Borders, Walls, and Bridges

Luncheon Speaker:  Dennis Hinrichsen, Lansing Poet Laureate

Although technology permits us to be more connected than ever, we nonetheless live in divisive times.  What contributes to these divisions and connections, and how do these manifest themselves in our classrooms, our teaching, our scholarly research, and our creative work?  What limits and parameters might exist in our classrooms, and how can these factors move students forward or hold them back?  How do works of literature respond to these ideas?  How are borders, walls, and bridges manifest in what we read, learn, study, and teach?  How might borders, walls, or bridges appear in our day-to-day work or in work structures?  How might our teaching and writing contribute to, reflect, and/or heal division?

The Michigan College English Association invites proposals for individual papers and for complete panels for our Fall 2019 Conference.  We welcome proposals from experienced academics, young scholars, and graduate students.  We encourage a variety of papers, including pedagogical and scholarly essays as well as work from creative writers.  Here are some possible areas for presentations:

  • fiction, poetry, drama, creative non-fiction
  • professional expectations/evaluation/assessment
  • classroom management
  • teaching composition, literature, linguistics
  • preparing students for the work world
  • English departments and our society
  • curriculum development
  • the creative process
  • computer or on-line instruction
  • union/administration differences
  • race, class, and gender studies
  • film studies

Graduate Students: Graduate students with the best scholarly paper and the best creative writing will receive awards.  To qualify for graduate student awards, the completed papers must be submitted to the program chairs by September 24, 2019.

Although we encourage papers and panels that reflect the conference theme, we also welcome proposals from all areas that English and Writing departments encompass:  cultural studies; developmental education; English as a second language; literary studies; multicultural literature; popular culture; progressive education; reading and writing across the curriculum; and technical writing.

Proposals are due by September 24, 2019.  Early submissions are welcome.  Please send your name, university affiliation, e-mail address, AV requests, time/day preference, and a 200-word abstract or sample of creative writing to Joyce Meier and Cheryl Caesar, the Program Chairs, via email at and  To submit a panel proposal, please include the information for all members (4 maximum participants) in the same proposal.

Topic Tags:  call for papers, Michigan College English Association, conference, borders, walls, bridges

Florida College English Association
Renaissance Hotel, Boca Raton, FL
October 17-19

Proposals due: May 1, 2019 (Earlier submissions are encouraged!) at

The theme of "Sanctuary" is broadly conceived to welcome literary representations that range from the interior space of character as poignantly and evocatively described in Edith’s Wharton’s “Sanctuary,” to environmental sanctuaries, to the historical, legal, and sacred uses of sanctuary here in America as well as internationally. Proposals on all topics related to the fields of literature, history, cultural studies, composition, pedagogy, and allied disciplines are welcome. We also encourage student participation and offer discounted student rates.

Please also register for the conference here:

Conference Contact: Tom Ferstle at
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Indiana College English Association 
University of Indianapolis
October 19, 2019

Theme: Author/ity: Questions of Power in and Beyond English

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Texas College English Association
Collin College, McKinney, Texas
March 5-7, 2020

Proposals due: Nov. 1, 2019

Scholars and creative writers are invited to submit proposals that explore the lived experiences of Texas women. Presenters might consider the recovery of forgotten women's voices, the contributions of a female author, or the performance of femininity in Texas literature.

We welcome fresh approaches, scholarly or creative, to the unique experiences of Texas women who have negotiated and continue to negotiate the gendered spaces of our past, present, and future. We welcome Texas-related creative lyrics, lore, and literature as well as critical analyses of each, including language, drama, film, popular culture, music, dance, visual arts, and photography.

• Reading/Presentation Time: 15 minutes maximum (about 8 pages). Scholarly submissions (never previously presented or published) may be complete papers or abstracts of 250 words. Poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction must be complete when submitted.

• Blind review process: Submissions will be judged by the TCEA Board through a blind review process. All abstracts, papers, creative pieces, and panel proposals MUST be submitted with two cover pages: one cover page with the title, presenter’s name, academic affiliation (or “Independent Scholar”), mailing address, telephone, and email address; and a second cover page with only the title of the presentation. The actual abstract, paper, creative writing, or panel proposal must be titled but bear NO writer identification on any of its pages.

• Prizes and publication in CCTE Studies: One presentation will receive a cash prize and be selected for publication in CCTE Studies; all presenters will have the opportunity to submit their works for publication in SCOL: Scholarship and Creativity OnLine, A Publication of the Texas College English Association. Presenters must pay TCEA dues and register before the conference.

• CCTE officers and councilors are welcome to submit a proposal to TCEA.

Send proposals to Dr. Melissa Nivens at