CFP: Oregon Rhetoric and Composition Conference

2012 Oregon Rhetoric and Composition Conference: Call for Papers
Saturday, April 14, 2012, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The 2012 Oregon Rhetoric and Composition Conference brings together educators from high schools, community colleges, and four-year public and private colleges and universities to consider a range of practical and theoretical issues related to rhetoric and composition, language, and literacy.

Western Oregon University
Health and Wellness Center
345 N. Monmouth Ave.
Monmouth, OR 97361

Conference Theme
This year's theme is “Writing at Intersections.” We encourage presentations that consider the way writing shapes the core of our professional lives, the way it helps us establish multi-layered and multi-faceted connections—with high school students, with college students, with other colleagues and other disciplines, with technology. In an ideal world, these connections would be smooth, seamless, and effective; in the real world, however, we face unexpected curriculum changes or difficult, unstable budgets that make such connections hard to establish and maintain. We invite proposals that will explore how we can build these important writing bridges despite the inevitable bumps on the road.

Keynote Speaker: Bruce Ballenger
Dr. Bruce Ballenger is a Professor of English and former department Chair at Boise State University specializing in composition theory, inquiry-based learning, and creative nonfiction. He is the author of seven books, including best-selling textbooks The Curious Writer and The Curious Researcher, all published by Pearson. He has published more than thirty articles and essays in publications ranging from River Teeth: A Journal of Narrative Nonfiction to College English. His new book, Crafting Truth: Short Studies in Creative Nonfiction was published last year.

Proposal Guidelines
We welcome proposals both for traditional academic paper presentations as well as other formats, including panel discussions, interviews, workshops, posters, art installations, and media screenings. Please send proposals of 250 words or less by Friday, February 17, 2012 to

Please write “ORCC” and your proposal title in the subject line and attach your proposal in the form of a Microsoft Word file. Both the e-mail text and Word document should include name, affiliation, proposal title, and full contact information (address, phone, e-mail) for all participants.

Registration Information
Participants may download a registration form from the website, or register on the day of the conference. Registration fees may be paid by enclosing a check with your mailed registration form, or by check or cash on the day of the conference.
The deadline for mail-in registration is March 19, 2012 (postmarked).

For More Information
Go to the conference website at
Contact Conference Co-Chairs Meg Artman ( or Cornelia Paraskevas ( or email