The WCoNA Writers Conference of Northern Appalachia® invites proposals for presentations at the 2023 live conference on March 10-11th, 2023 at Robert Morris University. Participants will explore opportunities, challenges, and trends specific to writers of northern Appalachia through presentations, readings, craft sessions, and panel discussions. The event will offer writers a place to gather for inspiration, further their craft, find support, and network.
Conference attendees will include authors ranging from novice poets to multi-published novelists; educators representing the humanities, literature, Appalachian studies, and more; librarians; and individuals with an interest in the literature and culture of northern Appalachian.
WCoNA continues building relationships with publishers and agents, encouraging houses to distinguish and print our region’s literature. Consider how your presentation speaks to the exceptional nature of the literature of northern Appalachia.
Sessions will run for 50 minutes. Presenters may submit ideas in several formats:
One presenter to many
Two to Four presenters to many--A panel of two to four presenters provides group lectures, round table discussion, or readings and discussion of their own work. (Note that only one of the panel presenters may submit the proposal on behalf of the group. Please include bios and a headshot for EACH presenter. When presenting your work, please remember this is more than just a reading of your research, proposal, or personal work.)
Workshops--WCoNA will consider workshops where the presenter leads writing exercises, and attendees share work orally. The submitters must remember that the session may have up to 30 attendees.
Only one proposal submission is allowed per person. Participants can present only once during the conference. Conference presenters and attendees must register for the full conference. Submissions open on Monday, Sept. 12th. To submit a proposal, please use the Proposal Submission Form.