Conferences To Attend

Ready to present at a conference but not sure what conference to attend? Below is a list of notable academic conference in the English and Humanities field. As graduate students, we have to plan in advance so the conferences are listed by the month in which they occur and also lists when the Call for Papers is typically due. (Click on conference name to visit corresponding website.)

Although we are all in the English department, we have different concentrations. For that reason, each conference listing has a concentration notation. See key below. However, don’t feel limited by your concentration or this list! Happy presenting!

CD = Cross-Disciplinary/ CW = Creative Writing/ LS = Literature Studies/ RC = Rhetoric and Composition / WS = Writing Studio

All-Year Submissions/Resources

Conference/Resource Name Additional Information Concentration
Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference Directory  Searchable conference database CW
Calls for Paper

This website is provided and maintained by the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania

Website provides calls for conferences and publications

CD
The American Literature Association (ALA)

Resource lists conferences and symposiums associated with ALA

CFP Due all Year

LS
Writer’s Conferences Wikipedia entry lists conferences located in United States for authors and writers CW

January Conferences

Conference Name Call for Paper Due Concentration
Modern Language Association Convention (MLA) February CD
New Voices Graduate Student Conference December CD

February Conferences

 

Conference Name Call for Paper Due Concentration
Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference (SWCA) October WS

March Conferences

Conference Name Call for Paper Due Concentration
American Association for Applied Linguistics CD
 Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW)  WS
 College English Association (CEA) November  CD
Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)  May RC
International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) Collaborative @ CCCCs  November WS
Popular Culture Association /American Culture Association National Conference  October CD
Southeastern Women’s Studies Association  CD
Sigma Tau Delta International Convention  December  CW/LS
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL) June CD

April Conferences

Conference Name Call for Paper Due Concentration
Association of Writers and Writing Programs May CW

May Conferences

Conference Name Call for Paper Due Concentration
American Society for the History of Rhetoric (ASHR) Symposium September RC
Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) (Held Biennially) July RC
The American Literature Association Annual Conference  January LS

July Conferences

Conference Name Call for Paper Due Concentration
Conference of the Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) March WS
International Society for the History of Rhetoric (ISHA) (Held Biennially)  May (year before conference) RC

September Conferences

Conference Name Call for Paper Due Concentration
Western Literature Association June LS

October Conference

Conference Name Call for Paper Due Concentration
Feminisms and Rhetorics  (Held Biennially) RC
International Writing Centers Association (IWCA)  April WS
National Conference of Peer Tutors of Writing (NCPTW) April WS
Popular Culture Association /American Culture Association in the South  June CD
Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric  (Held Biennially in Louisville, KY) March RC
Society for the Study of the American Short Story (SSASS) ALA Symposium July CW/LS
Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference(WSRL) March RC/LS

November Conference

Conference Name Call for Paper Due Concentration
Convention of the National Conference of Teachers in English January CD
National Communication Association (NCA)  January RC
National Women’s Studies Association February CD
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) (Held annually/ Located in ATL every other year) June CD