Kutztown University Composition Conference
Sometimes we write to say what we think. But usually we write in order to discover what we think. This year's composition conference theme "20(23) and Me: Discovering Origins" invites student authors to submit work on these themes of discovery or origination, or to submit work that may itself have an interesting origin story.
The composing process can be messy, especially when we are engaging with issues that don't have straightforward answers. We have questions circulating in our mind. We have intuitions and mental associations begging to be explored. We have experiences we wish to share but aren't quite sure where or how they fit. The fact is the finished draft is almost always remarkably different from the original. In this spirit, we invite students to share projects that have helped them to discover new understandings of themselves, the issues they care about, and the world around them. Contributors might think about touching upon how their piece originated and how it changed through the composition process, as their thoughts became clearer and more precise. We want to know: what's the origin story of your writing?
This year’s conference will be held in person on Monday, April 17, 2023. Projects that are best presented digitally can also be posted on our Research Commons site with or without an accompanying live presentation. Traditional papers as well as various other forms of composition may include the following:
Panel Presentations or Brief Talks of 15 minutes or less
- Readings (paper, poetry, short creative nonfiction, etc.)
- Freeform Roundtable Discussions
- Posters Displayed on the Conference Website and in-person
- Video or Audio Prerecorded Presentations
- Prerecorded Panel Presentations
- Digital Media Projects…And more𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐊𝐔𝐂𝐂 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐰𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐦𝐢𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐞, 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚 𝐯𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐭𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐚𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬.
Early acceptance deadline: December 19, 2022
Final Spring deadline: March 17, 2023