About the Roundtable


The 4th Writing Roundtable, Writing for Readers, is scheduled on Friday, 19 May 2017 at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. This year, we celebrate the PolyU's 80th anniversary. The Roundtable aims to bring together both academic and creative writers and educators to explore innovative ways of writing for readers.

The English Language Centre of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University has hosted the Writing Roundtable annually since 2013 with the aspiration of developing a community of Hong Kong writing practitioners and sharing pedagogical perspectives in both academic and creative writing. Since then, the Writing Roundtable has brought together English language teachers from tertiary institutions and creative writers and professionals from literary fields in Hong Kong, for a discussion on how students' academic and creative literacy could be supported across various academic disciplines and through different genres.

Call for Proposals

We are now inviting proposals on a range of topics that relate to the Roundtable strands and themes:

    Academic Strand
    • » Disciplinary genres and collaborative pedagogy
    • » Feedback on writing
    • » Peer review of writing
    • » Collaborative writing
    • » Writing consultations and process writing
    Creative Strand
    • » The art of storytelling
    • » Creative nonfiction (Literary journalism, travel writing)
    • » Poetry
    • » Teaching Creative Writing
    • » Publishing writing
    Multimodal Strand
    • » Flash fiction
    • » Writing for blogs and online fora
    • » Web-based writing pedagogy
    • » Online publishing

Proposals can be submitted for four types of sessions:

    Paper presentation20 minutes including Q&A
    Roundtable discussion50 minutes
    Workshops50 minutes
    Pecha Kucha by Inscribe20 slides x 20 seconds per slide = 6.4 minutes per presenter

Paper Presentations

Proposals for paper presentation should present and discuss original research in relation to the conference theme. Presenters will be given 20 minutes including presentation and discussion. (Maximum 150 words + a 50-word bio)

Roundtable Discussions

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 words + 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)

Pecha Kucha Sessions

Pecha Kucha sessions feature brief and dynamic presentations with the format of 20 slides which automatically advance after 20 seconds, for a total of 6 minutes 40 seconds. Pecha Kuchas can be offered on themes such as chronicling a personal journey of becoming a writer, of reading something that had a profound impact or accomplishing something that was challenging. (Maximum 100 words + a 50-word bio)

Submitting Proposals

Proposals should be submitted via online submission process which will require presenters to register for a Roundtable Presenter account. All abstracts should be submitted no later than 31 March 2017.

Selection Process

All proposals will undergo a blind review process by members of the organizing committee. The submissions will be reviewed by at least two reviewers. All those submitting abstracts will be informed by 13 April 2017 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: 28 April 2017).

Key Dates

  • » Closing date for receipt of abstracts is 31 March 2017.
  • » Presenters will be informed whether their proposal has been accepted by 13 April 2017.
  • » All presenters must register and pay for the conference by 28 April 2017.
  • » Abstracts submitted by participants who have not registered by 28 April 2017 will be removed from the programme.

Important Dates

For facilitators / presenters

Proposal submission Deadline 31 March, 2017
Notification of Acceptance 13 April, 2017
On-line registration opens 10 February, 2017
Early bird registration deadline 18 April, 2017
Registration and payment deadline 28 April, 2017

For participants

On-line registration opens 10 February, 2017
On-line registration closes 6 May, 2017

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