PCA/ACA

Non-Fiction Writing 

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Call for papers: 

Non-Fiction Writing: Call For Proposals

POPULAR CULTURE ASSOCIATION & AMERICAN CULTURE ASSOCIATION

2020 JOINT NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Downtown Marriott (Market Street), Philadelphia

Wednesday, April 15, to Saturday, April 18, 2020

For information on PCA/ACA, please go to http://www.pcaaca.org

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

DEADLINE:  NOVEMBER 24, 2019

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-conference/

 

For panels 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

 

 

Please send all inquiries to area chair:

Michael Smith

Professor

Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication

James Madison University Email: smithmx@jmu.edu

2020 Conference Dates and Deadlines

 

August 1, 2019                Submission Page Goes Live
October 7, 2019               Early Bird Registration Rate Opens
November 24, 2019        Deadline for Paper Proposals and Endowment  Grants
December 10, 2019           Early Bird Registration Rate Ends
January 1, 2020               Regular Registration Rate Ends
January 2, 2020               Late Registration Rate Begins
January 5, 2020               Brigman and Jones Awards Deadline
January 20, 2020             Preliminary Schedule Available

February 1, 2020             Presenter Late Registration Deadline at 11:59pm – participants who have not registered are removed from the program.

February 2, 2020              Non-presenters and retiree non-presenters registration continues
April 15-18, 2020              National Conference


All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and fully  registered for the conference.


Refund requests must be submitted in writing. Full or partial refunds will be processed according to the following schedule:
Requested by Jan. 1: 100% refund
Requested by Jan. 15: 75% refund
Requested by Jan. 25: 50% refund
Requested by Feb. 1: 25% refund
After Feb. 1: 0% refund

Membership fees are not refundable.

Area chairs

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