Unbound: The Un-CFP
University of New Hampshire | Durham, NH | April 1-2, 2023

Proposals due January 2, 2023

Session Descriptions 

Successful presentations are dynamic exchanges between presenters and audience members (secondary, undergraduate, and graduate peer tutors, administrators, faculty, and other writing center professionals). We welcome presentations of original scholarship and research that foster dialogue with conference participants. In order to include more voices and perspectives in our ongoing discussions, we especially encourage tutors and first-time presenters to send in proposals, as well as writing center workers from community colleges and high schools. This year, each day of the conference will be devoted to different types of sessions that are designed to open a range of opportunities for engagement to attendees 

  • Individual Presentation: 10–15-minute presentation. Individuals will be formed into a panel of 3 to 4 presentations. Panels will include 10-15 minutes for questions at the end of the session.  
  • Group Panel Presentation: 3 to 4 presentations of 10-15 minutes each on a specific theme or question. Panels should reserve 10-15 minutes for questions at the end of the session.  
  • Data Display/Poster Presentation: A Data Display may be a standard poster with images and text or a collection of no more than five slides to share research that lends itself to a visual/poster presentation. This category allows you to share the reason for the study/research, current findings, and future directions. These sessions are designed for conversation, so the presentation portion should be limited to 5-10 minutes. Submissions for individual or group data displays are welcome. Proposals should include a description of your research question and results.  
  • Roundtable Discussion: 15 minutes of introductory framing by the leaders on a specific theme or question, followed by a facilitated discussion among attendees.  
  • Workshop Session: 70-minute interactive sessions that teach and engage participants through discussion, collaborative work, group activities, and/or other methods of involvement.  

Proposal Guidelines 

Please prepare a 250- to 500-word proposal and a maximum 75-word abstract for one type of presentation. Note: You may submit a proposal for the Works-in-Progress session as well as one additional session. This will be the only multiple presentation allowed.  

Please include the following information in your proposal:  

  1. Title of presentation.  
  1. 75-word abstract for inclusion in the conference program.  
  1. 250- to 500-word proposal.  
  1. Type of session: Individual Presentation, Group Panel, Data Display, Roundtable, Workshop NOTE: One type per attendee 
  1. Specific audiovisual and technical requests (NOTE: Presenters should plan to bring their own laptop computers).  
  1. Plans for encouraging interaction and involving the audience.  
  1. Note: Do not include any personal or identifying information (name, institution) in any part of the proposal. Including the role of the submitter and type of institution (community college, high school, small liberal arts college, HBCU, university, etc.) is appropriate.  

Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of relevance, grounding in current writing center discussions, and application to a broad audience of writing center tutors and administrators. Submissions will also be reviewed on the basis of originality (novel perspectives, approaches, and methods), interactivity (audience participation vs. oral delivery of an essay), and clarity.  

Submitting Proposals 

All proposals should be submitted via Qualtrics survey. You may access the link HERE or scan the QR code:  

If you have any questions about the submission process, please email Susan DeRosa or Molly Parsons, co-chairs of the NEWCA Proposal Reading Committee, at derosas@easternct.edu or molly.parsons@keene.edu.  

For More Information 
For more information about the conference, registration, or scholarship opportunities, visit NEWCA ONLINE at https://newcaconference.org/. For other questions related to the conference, email the NEWCA Co-presidents, Cyndi Roll and Meaghan Dittrich at newaconference@gmail.com.  

Registration costs will be as follows: 

  • Full-time Faculty/Staff: $150
  • Part-time Faculty/Staff: $100
  • Student: $50
  • Sunday-only: $25