Invitation to Present at WCoNA 2024
The WCoNA Writers Conference of Northern Appalachia® invites proposals for presentations at the 2024 live conference on March 15–16, 2024 at St. Francis 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, in which the presenter leads writing exercises, and attendees share work orally. The submitters must bear in mind 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 (see Honorarium below). Submissions open on Monday September 11th. Visit our conference portal if you would like to submit a proposal.
Considerations for Preparing your Proposal
The goal of the Writers Conference of Northern Appalachia is to advance all genres of the writing of northern Appalachia. To serve the many authors of our region, we are committed to focusing on craft.
Please see our mission statement to understand our goals. Also, see the map that explains the geographic bounds of what we consider northern Appalachia.
Presentations can be offered by individuals with expertise in, but not limited to, the craft of writing; research techniques; any of the elements of literature; sustaining a writing life; publishing options; the business of authorship; selling books; or a particular trait of our region's literature.
Panels and Readings allow a variety of perspectives on a particular topic or on selections of literature. They should consist of a minimum of two and a maximum of four persons, including the panel's moderating member. Proposals should identify the moderator, and all panelists must be listed on the proposal.
Roundtables are hosted by two to four leaders with the expertise to lead open, interactive discussions on a specific subject.
Workshops should be interactive and allow participants to engage with a specific topic or skill.
To help us expedite the program, these items must be included upon submission of your proposal. Partial proposals can’t be accepted. Thanks for your interest!
Be sure to include on the submission form:
Your name and full contact information, including phone and email.
A bio upto 150 words. Note, a panel submission must include a bio for each panel participant at the time of submitting. Bios must be included at the time of submitting for the proposal to be considered.
Abstract of up to 300 words
Concise, descriptive program title (helpful subtitle encouraged)
A headshot. (Note: a panel or roundtable submission must include a headshot for each participant)
If your program requires additional media (screenshots, document views, videos, etc.), please indicate this on the proposal form. Please carefully explain how you intend to use multimedia for your session and why it's imperative. Additionally, email questions to Generalinquires@WCoNA.com.
Presenters are conference attendees who volunteer to take an hour from their conference time to share their expertise and knowledge on a particular topic with fellow attendees. The 2024 WCoNA is not providing monetary honorariums, though we offer free attendance to the conference for one person per session, including panels. The free attendance will be provided to the lead presenter of panels. All presenters agree to be registered for the conference by the published deadline.
Proposals will be accepted until Sunday, October 29, 2024.