Kutztown University Composition Conference
2024 KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY COMPOSITION CONFERENCE
“Looking Back, Writing Forward”
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the KUCC, this year's conference theme is “Looking Back, Writing Forward.”
The act of writing helps us interpret the past, bear witness to experiences, explore the tension between continuity and change, as well as understand ourselves and our place within the ever-changing world around us. This year, we invite participants to think especially about their own personal creative journeys, the evolution of writing skills, and the impact of the past on our current moment.
Contributors are encouraged to interpret the theme broadly, considering various presentation forms such as creative, scholarly, researched, multi-media, personal, and portfolio. Students might approach “Looking Back, Writing Forward” by crafting a nostalgic memoir, creating a piece of historical fiction, writing a personal essay that explores the passage of time, analyzing an older literary text, period, or movement, presenting a photo essay or art exhibition that showcases change, or even reflecting on a specific class they’ve taken at KU. We welcome any of these retrospective approaches and more!
This year’s conference will be held in person on Monday, April 15, 2024. 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 more
The KUCC invites writers to submit in any genre, for a variety of audiences.
EARLY ACCEPTANCE DUE DATE IS DECEMBER 1ST 2023.
DUE DATE FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS IS MARCH 15TH 2024.