CFP: Special Issue of _Composition Studies_: The Writing Major

Call for Proposals: Special Issue of Composition Studies on The Writing Major

Guest Editors: Linda Adler-Kassner, Heidi Estrem, and Written Communication colleagues at Eastern Michigan University

In response to developments in writing technologies, students’ conceptions of writing and reading, and new scholarship in the field of composition studies, many writing programs and majors have begun to rethink how writing is defined, studied, and enacted. Along with this redefinition have come new approaches and curricula. For a special issue of Composition Studies, we invite proposals that theorize or explore the creation of the new Writing Major, freestanding program, or department.

Specifically, we invite proposals for the following:

Reflections (final submissions of 400-500 words): Reflections should address particular moments in the creation and/or revision of the Writing Major. Accepted narratives will be situated within a framework by the guest editing team.

Full-length articles (final submissions of 15-20 pages): Articles should take on an issue, problem or challenge connected to the Writing Major. More specifically, these articles should contextualize and problematize the issues addressed in the article.

Projections (final submissions of 400-500 words): Projections should outline a vision for the writing major and address how the major takes into account the local institutional context and recent developments in the field.

Proposals (250 word maximum) should clearly indicate whether the submission will be a Reflection, an article, or a Projection. Proposals are due by February 1, 2005, and should be sent as a Microsoft Word attachment to Linda Adler-Kassner at

Accepted proposals are not guaranteed publication.

CFP available at