Non-Fiction Writing 

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Call for papers: 

Non-Fiction Writing


Call For Proposals





Wardman Park Marriot, Washington D.C.

Wednesday, April 17, to Saturday, April 20, 2019 For information on PCA/ACA, please go to http://www.pcaaca.org

For conference information, please go to http://www.pcaaca.org/national-conference/




All types of personal essays, memoirs, autobiography, and literary journalism, in traditional and non-traditional forms, are welcome, on any subject. Of particular interest is creative nonfiction that examines writers and the writing process and works considering the role of the narrating Self in our increasingly splintered digital environment. Presentations that incorporate sound, music, images or video and/or experiment with elements of digital storytelling are also of interest.


Proposals may be for groups of essays organized around a theme, special panels, and (of course) individual papers. Sessions are scheduled in 1½ hour slots, typically with four speakers per standard session. Presentations should not exceed 15 minutes. Working professionals, scholars, educators, and students are all encouraged to submit.


Interested individuals are asked to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words (including presentation title) and complete contact information (name, institutional affiliation, mail and e-mail addresses, and contact telephone number) to http://conference.pcaaca.org.


Find general instructions at http://pcaaca.org/national-conference/proposing-a-presentation-at-the-co...

Travel and research grants are available: http://pcaaca.org/grants/


For panels or groups of essays organized around a theme, please include the following:


Panel Title

Name and contact information for the Panel Chair

Titles and abstracts of each paper

Contact information for each presenter


All presenters must be members of the PCA and must register for the conference.


Here is the schedule of deadlines and pertinent dates:


1 July Database Opens for Submissions

1 October Registration Opens

1 October Deadline for Paper Proposals

15 November Early Bird Registration Rate Ends

1 December Preliminary Program Available

15 December “Drop Dead”: Participants Not Registered Removed from Program

3 January 2019 Final Program to the Publisher

17-20 April 2019 Washington, D.C.!


Please send all inquiries to area chair:


Michael Smith



Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication

James Madison University Email: smithmx@jmu.edu

Area chairs