Call for Papers

Spinning Straw Into Gold: What Can We Gain When Things Get Put Back Together?

This year's conference theme invites us to articulate the strategies we employ as we navigate the stressful online pandemic teaching environment, with an eye toward the strategies that will continue to enrich and strengthen our teaching when things return to normal.

Proposal Topics

Keywords might include change, shift, revolution, resilience, resourcefulness and adaptation. Since our theme is suggestive, meant to invigorate rather than limit our discussions, proposals need not adhere strictly to our thematic invitation.

As always, suggested proposal topics include but are not limited to:

  • Composition
  • Rhetoric
  • Dual-credit courses
  • Inclusion
  • English education
  • First-year experience
  • English language learning
  • Film and literature
  • Reading
  • Developmental writing
  • Varieties of assessment
  • College and career readiness
  • Writing across the curriculum


Building upon the success of previous conferences at Allerton, we invite proposals for interactive individual and group presentations, as well as roundtable topics. In your proposal, be sure to explain how you plan to balance presentation with participation. Please email a title and one-paragraph abstract of your proposal to by Feb. 5, 2021. Those accepted will be notified by March 5, 2021.

We hope you'll join us for a convivial, productive conversation as we celebrate our Allerton connections. We offer reduced registration rates for students and contingent faculty. Many of our first-time conference attendees have joined us because of a recommendation from a colleague; if you know of colleagues who might help us shape these discussions, we would be grateful if you would pass this invitation on to them.

We look forward to connecting with you in April!

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