Kutztown University Composition Conference

KUCC logo: keyboard keys spelling "Composing Care" with an outline of a heart surrounding the keys.

This year's composition conference theme "Composing Care" invites student authors to interrogate the concept of "caring." What does it mean to care? For the self? For a community? For the environment? For other species? What does caring entail? Who has the burden of caring traditionally fallen upon—and how might we share that burden more equitably? How could an ethic of care help us to lead richer and more fulfilling lives? And how can writing enhance our capacity to imagine a freer and more just—a more caring—society? 

This year’s conference is being planned in a hybrid format with the hope that we may welcome all. On April 18, 2022 we will have in-person panels that will be simultaneously livestreamed on Zoom. We will also be accepting poster presentations and digital media prior to the conference date. 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 more

The KUCC invites writers to submit compositions in any genre, for a variety of audiences.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us became more aware of what we truly care about. This open-ended theme is intended to generate a space where student authors can submit work about the people, places, activities, and passions that they have come to appreciate in recent months. Though we welcome submissions on any theme, we particularly encourage submissions that explore any facet of the concept of care or caring, including, but not limited to, the challenges faced by essential workers, caring for loved ones during the pandemic, forms of self-care and mindfulness, caring as activism, and care-centered models of education.  

Early acceptance deadline: December 20, 2021

Spring final deadline: March 18, 2022