Call for proposals: WAW Sponsored Panel for CCCC 2017

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Cultivating Capacity, Creating Change

2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication
March 15-18, 2017
Portland, Oregon

The Writing About Writing (WAW) Standing Group and the WAW Steering Committee invite proposals for the 2017 WAW Sponsored Panel. The sponsored panel is guaranteed to be accepted to the CCCC program when the Standing Group submits it, and we are reaching out to the WAW community to identify potential presenters.

What is an Open Review?

This year, we will use an open review process to select participants for the WAW Featured Session. The chair of the WAW Sponsored Panel Committee will collect the proposals, remove all identifying information, and upload the content of the proposals to an institutional survey system.

From Tuesday, May 3 through Friday, May 6, members of the WAW community (reached via the WAWN-listserv and the WAW Network) will read the anonymous submissions and select their top proposals for the Sponsored Panel. Selected participants, and panelists not selected, will be notified of inclusion in the Sponsored Panel by Saturday, May 7, 2016, so that they will still have time to submit their proposal to CCCC on their own by the May 9 deadline.

Why use an Open Review?

We believe the open-access will bring more members into the WAW community; this open process will also help us cultivate next year’s vision for the Standing Group.

What kind of proposal fits the WAW Sponsored Panel’s goals?

We are interested in interactive panels as well as individual proposals. We are interested in proposals that help us extend the practice and impact of WAW pedagogy or research, particularly proposals authored and co-authored by new and emerging scholars in WAW. We are also hoping to include panels reporting on ongoing research into WAW programs and courses.

How will selected proposals be submitted to CCCC?

Sponsored Panels will be submitted by the WAW Sponsored Panel Committee through the regular CCCC proposal system, which is why we are asking for the same information as the online program proposal system.

To be considered for the WAW Sponsored Panel, proposals must be received before 11:59 pm on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Please send your proposal in the body of an email to Moriah McCracken at

To be considered for the Sponsored Panel, please follow 4Cs guidelines when writing your proposal. In ~2,000 characters, briefly describe the focus and purpose of your WAW presentation. Remember to include the following information in your email:

  • Name:
  • Institution:
  • Institution Type (high school, 2-yr, 4-yr, HSI, HBCU, etc):
  • Home Address, including City, State, Zip:
  • Phone & Email:

Please also indicate

  • “NEW” if you will be a first-time speaker/ presenter;
  • “ROLE” if you are willing to chair a session other than the one proposed;
  • “DREAM” if you are a first-time presenter eligible for a Scholars for the Dream Travel Award;
  • “GS” if you are a full-time graduate student;
  • “UGS” if you are an undergrad student.

Note “LCD” or “INTERNET” if that technology will be essential to your presentation.

If you have questions and/or concerns, feel free to email I. Moriah McCracken at

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