22nd Annual Conference

The Association will hold its 22nd Annual Conference from 29 November – 1 December, 2017 at Flinders University, Adelaide.

For registration and more information visit the Flinders conference page.

Creative writers have always engaged with, responded to, and inspired change through writing. In recent years, writers have used fiction, non-fiction, and hybrid forms as vehicles to understand, explain, and rationalise social changes; to observe, communicate, and record moments of significant change; to commemorate or lament personal and global changes. We write from positions of hope, anticipation, or dread, trying to make sense of an ever-changing world.

This year, we are doing things a little bit differently. Instead of publishing the peer-reviewed papers on our website, participants at this year’s conference will have the opportunity to submit presented papers to a peer-reviewed special edition of a scholarly journal (details to follow shortly). A second special edition will invite submissions specifically from postgraduate candidates and early career researchers.


Proposals due 4 August, 2017

Papers and creative presentations are encouraged to explore, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Catalyst and consequences: the role of writing in understanding, pursuing or resisting    change at the personal, social, and/or political (local, national, global) level
  • Changing landscapes (literal and figurative)
  • Craft and form: changes in processes and/or publication of creative writing
  • The changing climate of creative writing in academic contexts
  • Perpetual change and notions of fluidity (e.g. identity, artistic expression, genres)
  • Past, present, future: changes in time and space
  • Evolutionary spaces in creative writing
  • Remembering and forgetting: writing significant moments of change
  • ‘Good’ change and ‘bad’ change: does change have an inherent value, and who decides?

 Proposals (maximum 300 words) are invited in two streams:

  1.  a scholarly stream (a work of scholarship on or about creative practice, or engaging with the conference theme in any way)
  2.  a creative stream (which may incorporate a scholarly framework that will be presented along with the creative element).

For the complete call for papers, click here.


  • Proposals for papers and/or panels due 4 August 2017
  • Earlybird registration opens is currently open
  • Earlybird registration closes 2 October 2017