Call for Proposals

To help understand narrative’s relevance and place amongst our Creative and Academic communities throughout Hong Kong and across the globe, we invite our Academics, Poets and Scholars to engage with us and to consider submitting extended abstract proposals for the English Language Centre’s Writing Roundtable 2019 to be held at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Subsequently, to help streamline your proposals, we ask that your projects align with at least one of the following topics:

  • Writer identities & diaspora
  • Constructing narratives in academic enquiry
  • The role of media in creative and academic writing pedagogy
  • The pedagogy of creative and academic writing genres
  • Intercultural communication and migration
  • Hybrid poetry
  • Creative texts in teaching and learning
  • The role of creative writing projects in STEM disciplinary pedagogy
  • Threshold concepts in the disciplines
  • Establishing creative writing as academic discipline
  • Online writing genres

If a topic you are interested in and which you feel is relevant is not in this list, but should be, add it to the appropriate section of the extended abstract and justify your choice.  All proposals undergo a blind review and should be submitted online.


Writing Roundtable (WR) – Friday 17 May

We seek proposals from professionals who are currently undertaking research that examines storytelling / narrative writing within the framework of one of the WR’s proposed topics. The main event day will tentatively run from 9:00am to 6:00pm, with 30 to 45 minute parallel sessions running in the morning and afternoon.

Authors should indicate whether or not they wish to have a developed version of their work considered for inclusion in the tentatively proposed volume of scholarly works.

Proposals for the WR should be submitted to the main Writing Roundtable website.

Deadline for proposal submissions: 25 March 2019 (Extended to 14 April, 2019)


Proposals for main event can be submitted for four types of sessions:

Paper presentation (25 minutes including Q&A)
Roundtable discussion (50 minutes)
Workshops (50 minutes)


Paper Presentation

Proposals for paper presentation should present and discuss original research in relation to the conference theme. Presenters will be given 25 minutes including presentation and discussion. (Maximum a 150-word abstract + a 50-word summary + a 50-word bio)

Roundtable Discussion

Proposals for Roundtable discussion should include a 100-word description and at least 4 questions that you want the participants to explore during the session. (Maximum 100-word abstract +a 50-word summary + a 50-word bio)

Roundtable discussion, as the name suggests, is an opportunity for participants to get together in an informal setting to discuss ideas and issues related to creative and academic writing. Facilitators can introduce their topic briefly, leaving a major part of the session for sharing ideas. The facilitators need to be well versed in their topic and engage the group members in discussions and sharing experiences. Questions can be prepared by the facilitators in advance to start the conversations.


Proposals for facilitating a workshop should include practical, hands-on, interactive activities that participants will be able to engage in, or “show and tell” any tools and programs used or developed for writing, such as designing tasks, developing a plot and learning to use an online resource. (Maximum 100 words + a 50-word bio)

Selection Process

All proposals will undergo a blind review process by members of the organising committee. The submissions will be reviewed by at least two reviewers. All those submitting abstracts will be informed by 25 March 2019 18 April, 2019 whether their abstracts have been accepted.


Laptop computers will be available in every room, and audio and/or video equipment can also be arranged if it is requested on the proposal form. Requests for special equipment should be confirmed when presenters register for the conference (Presenters' deadline for registration: 15 April 2019).


Key Dates for Writing Roundtable Main Event

  • Closing date for receipt of abstracts is 25 March 2019 14 April, 2019.
  • Presenters will be informed whether their proposal has been accepted by 31 March 2019 18 April, 2019.
  • All presenters must register and pay for the conference by 20 April 2019.
  • Abstracts submitted by participants who have not registered by 20 April 2019 will be removed from the programme.

Finally, we look forward to seeing you at the ELC’s Writing Roundtable 2019 and Pre-Writing Roundtable Events in the upcoming months; and please, do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.


Submissions for this roundtable were closed on 1 May, 2019.

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