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Contemporary Perspectives on Cognition and Writing

WAC Clearinghouse has a new book: Contemporary Perspectives on Cognition and Writing edited by Patricia Portanova, J. Michael Rifenburg, and Duane Roen.

10th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing

The 10th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing, University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, May 26-28, 2018


Proposal deadline: January 12, 2018

CFP: 7th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference

7th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA, June 13-16, 2018


Proposal deadline: December 14, 2017

CFP: SIG Writing 2018, University of Antwerp

SIG Writing 2018, University of Antwerp, Belgium, August 29-31, 2018


Proposal deadline: December 15, 2017

CFP: Special issue of Across the Disciplines

A special issue of Across the Disciplines, Spring 2018

From the Margins to the Centre: The Future of University Literacy Support and Writing Across the Curriculum in Australia and New Zealand

Guest editors: Susan Thomas, University of Sydney, Karen Vered, Flinders University, and Stephen Johnson, Murdoch University

As a result of evolving pedagogical practice, employer feedback, and institutional reforms, student literacy for all students in Australasia (not just international students) is now a priority. The former deficit-remediation model has been superseded by a range of “whole of institution/program” and “curriculum-based” interdisciplinary approaches which support students’ literacy and communication development throughout their university years. Australian and New Zealand universities are shifting the way they conceive, articulate, and approach the development of student communication skills, reading, writing, and literacy within the disciplines and across the curriculum. With a greater focus on graduate outcomes, widening participation, and preparing students for rapid entry into the information economy, ever mindful of disciplinary distinctions and congruencies, universities are now reconsidering what literacy development means across the curriculum for graduate employability, global citizenship, and life-long learning. In a tertiary context with no strong traditions of First Year Writing, WAC, or Writing Centers, and where a Bachelor’s degree is a three-year course of study, these initiatives are developing under cultural circumstances that present distinct opportunities and constraints.

Independent Learning Association Conference 2018

Independent Learning Association Conference 2018
"Whose Autonomy? Voices and Agency in Language Learning”
Konan Women’s University, Kobe, Japan, September 5-8, 2018

For information, email

Proposal deadline: December 31, 2017

JALT 2017 in November

JALT 2017: Language Teaching in a Global Age: Shaping the Classroom, Shaping the World, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan, November 17-20, 2017


Proposal deadline: February 13, 2017

CFP: International Conference on ESP, new technologies and digital learning

International Conference on ESP, new technologies and digital learning, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, December 7-9, 2017


Proposal deadline: August 15, 2017

CFP: The Journal of Second Language Writing

The Journal of Second Language Writing is now accepting proposals for a 2019 special topic issue from interested guest editors. We seek proposals that address a theme that will be of interest and relevance to the journal’s international readership of L2 writing scholars. We are especially interested in topics that will highlight work in underrepresented contexts and areas of inquiry in second language writing. Articles to be included in the issue may be invited by the guest editors, or the guest editors may put out an open call for papers for the issue. Additional details can be found in the attachment. The deadline for proposals is June 1, 2017.

Please feel free to email JSLW Co-Editors Guillaume Gentil ( or Icy Lee ( with any questions you might have.

SLW Social at TESOL

Once again this year at TESOL, the Friends of Second Language Writing will be hosting a social event on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 (6:30-9:30 PM).

Tap House Grill, 1506 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
Tel: 206.816.3314
0.1 miles from the Washington State Convention Center

 Complimentary light appetizers will be served. Additionally, a cash bar and dinner-on-your-own-menu will be available.

Crossings: Exploring Shared Work in Writing

Crossings: Exploring Shared Work in Writing, University of Nevada, Reno, Utah, USA, April 1-2, 2017
Proposal deadline: October 31, 2016

A New Journal: Prompt

Prompt is a new online journal focusing on academic writing assignments. From its website:

Prompt is a refereed online journal that publishes academic writing assignments for undergraduates and graduate students. Our mission is to disseminate a mode of intellectual work that is too rarely circulated in public venues, and we hope to contribute to the scholarly study of writing assignments in the field of writing studies. We also believe that by publishing excellent and innovative writing assignments, we can create both a resource and a site of engagement for faculty who incorporate writing in their teaching.

Writing Centers Asssociation of China Conference

Writing Centers Asssociation of China Conference, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China, June 9-11, 2017


International Submissions Proposal deadline: January 8, 2017

Domestic Submissions Proposal deadline: February 24, 2017

Writing Symposium 2017

Writing Symposium 2017 – Supporting L2 Writing in Higher Education, University of Giessen, Germany, April 6-7, 2017


Proposal deadline: January 3, 2017

CFP: The comparability of computer-based and paper-based writing

Special issue on The comparability of computer-based and paper-based writing: Process, performance and scoring

 A special issue of Assessing Writing, which is to appear in 2018, will be dedicated to the exploration of the comparability of computer-based and paper-based writing in both L1 and L2 contexts. 

Interested authors are invited to submit an abstract of their work (not more than 300 words) by 15 March 2017. Authors invited to submit full papers will be notified by 15 April 2017. Deadline for submission of full papers for review is 15 August 2017.

 Please submit abstracts for consideration to: 

Special Issue Editor
Athena Chan

9th Annual Conference of CASDW

The Ninth Annual Conference of  the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing (CASDW / ACR)

The Presence of Writing: Making a Place for the Study of Writing and Discourse

Keynote: Professor Rebecca Moore Howard, “Teaching Rhetorical Ethics in a Post-Truth Economy”

Ryerson University - Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Saturday, May 27 to Monday, May 29, 2017

The proposal deadline is January 27, 2017

**For more information about CASDW and to join the association or renew your membership,

    please visit

**For more information about the Congress or to register, visit

CFP: NFEAP Summer Conference 2017

Norwegian Forum for English for Academic Purposes, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus), Norway, June 8-9, 2017


Proposal deadline: February 17, 2017

The theme for the 2017 conference is EAP and Positioning.  We welcome work that addresses the concept of positioning in relation to EAP theory and practice. This may include, for example, rhetorical and argumentative position, the positioning of a reader, political positions (explicit or covert), the relationship between voice and position, how the idea of positioning is effected by technology, and so forth. But it might also open questions of geographical position, and what EAP could mean in a particular place – a continent, a country, a city, a building, even. Indeed, there is no reason why these broad categories of position should be treated as separate (and if one bridges the gap between two ideas – is this bridge not also a position?). “Positioning”, in other words, can be understood broadly.


We invite proposals that explore positioning in connection with  EAP concepts; EAP training methods, principles, practices and research; needs analysis, syllabus and materials design, teaching strategies and methodological issues; group/interdisciplinary teaching; critical EAP; e-learning and technology; academic identities; academic literacies; any other relevant topics.

Call for Abstracts: Thesis and Dissertation writing in a second language: Context, identity and genre

Call for Abstracts

Special Issue of Journal of Second Language Writing

Guest Editors: Brian Paltridge and Sue Starfield

Thesis and Dissertation writing in a second language: Context, identity and genre

The Journal of Second Language Writing announces a call for abstracts for the 2018 special issue on thesis and dissertation writing in a second language. The sub-theme of the issue is context, identity and genre signalling that we are interested in studies that go beyond the text to examine texts within the contexts in which they are being produced, circulated, received and responded to. We are interested in studies of how multilingual writers in diverse contexts across the globe negotiate their identities in their thesis and dissertation writing, the kinds of relationships that support or hinder their writing and the ways in which their knowledge of the thesis genre develops over the time in which they write their texts. We are also interested in the ways in which doctoral writing is evolving in response to the diversity of contexts in which these texts are being written, the impact of new technologies on thesis and dissertation writing and writer identities and the diversity of voices being represented in these texts.

Nominations for SLWIS TESOL Positions

There are three open leadership positions for Second Language Writing Interest Section TESOL:

  • Secretary
  • Steering committee member-at-large
  • Chair-elect

If you are a member of TESOL Second Language Writing Interest Section, consider nominating yourself. If you are nominating a colleague, please confirm with them. Send nominations directly to the Immediate Past Chair Silvia Pessoa <> by Friday October October 21. When nominating, please include the position, candidate's name, affiliation, and 150 word bio/vision statement.

Descriptions of positions


  • Serve a two year term (2017, 2018)
  • Prepares the minutes of the Steering Committee and annual business.
  • Submits the minutes to the Chair. .
  • Prepares true copies of the Governing Rules, resolutions, and authorizations of expenditures (when applicable) for transmittal to appropriate persons or files.
  • Prepares for distribution a list of names, addresses, and professional positions of the officers, Section Council Representatives, Steering Committee members-at-large, and committees.
  • Assists the other officers and committees in carrying out their responsibilities and performs such additional duties as assigned by the chair.
  • Serves as a voting ex-officio member of the Steering Committee.

Member-at-Large (1 position)

  • Serve a three year term (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Attend Steering Committee meeting held Tuesday evening before open of convention
  • Determine policies for the operation of the SLW-IS, including but not limited to conducting long-range planning for the SLW-IS and developing projects and programs as are necessary to achieve the goals of TESOL and the SLW-IS.
  • Support the Chair and Chair-elect in efforts to obtain close liaison with other TESOL groups and other professional organizations having similar concerns.
  • Establish committees as required and give them specific direction and instructions.
  • Appoint the Managing Editor of the Second Language Writing IS newsletter, the Community Manager, and approve any other appointments by the Chair. When applicable, appoint one member from the Steering Committee to serve as a third delegate for the annual IS assembly meeting (if membership is adequate to warrant three representatives).


  • ·Serve a three year term
    • 2017 Chair -Elect
    • 2018 Chair
    • 2019 Immediate Past Chair
  • In the temporary absence of the chair, presides at all meetings of the SLW-IS and the Steering Committee.
  • Prepares, in cooperation with the Chair, SLW-IS's segment within the general TESOL convention program, including the academic session.
  • Generally assists the Chair in carrying out his/her responsibilities and performs other duties as assigned by the Chair.
  • Serves as a voting member of the Steering Committee.
  • Serves as a SLW-IS Delegate to the annual Interest Section Leadership Council.

Here is a link with useful information on serving as an interest section leader:

16th Symposium on Second Language Writing

The 16th Symposium on Second Language Writing, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, June 30 - July 2, 2017