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A CCCC Summer Conference

Boston University • July 9-10, 2020

We are excited to announce the New England CCCC Summer Conference to be held at Boston University’s College of General Studies from July 9-10.

This two-day conference offers New England-area college writing instructors—particularly those who are not able to attend the national CCCC—the opportunity to develop ideas for the classroom, build a network within the region, and become actively involved in the national organization.

The NE CCCC Summer Conference is especially committed to connecting high school and college educators from the region. Although students’ literacy education happens on a continuum, high school instructors and college instructors rarely have opportunities to engage with and learn from each other in professional development settings. This conference provides opportunities for both populations to participate together in interactive and hands-on sessions that will give them research-based practical approaches to teaching literacy in their classrooms.

We have chosen Critical Literacies in the 21st Century Classroom as the conference’s theme to emphasize reading and writing equally. In recent years, the field of composition and its flagship organization, CCCC, have begun to recognize the importance of teaching critical reading alongside writing. Most notably, perhaps, CCCC awarded Deep Reading: Teaching Reading in the Writing Classroom the Best Book honor (in the edited collection category) this past Spring at its annual meeting and the Executive Board of CCCC has commissioned a Task Force to prepare a position statement on reading. This conference builds upon this momentum by offering participants opportunities to explore the connections between reading and writing, as well as the importance of offering students versatile and flexible reading strategies necessary for navigating both their academic careers and our contemporary information landscape.

Registration Fees

To encourage participation and attendance, registration fees will be $30 for graduate students and retirees and $40 for professionals (part-time and adjunct faculty, full-time faculty, and secondary teachers).

Registration will open in mid-March.


Low cost lodging will be available on Boston University’s campus. More information can be found here.

Session formats

This will be a hands-on, interactive conference. Sessions will include interactive panels, workshops, and working groups.

Interactive panels

Panels will be comprised of 3-4 speakers who will present their work in such a way that involves audience participation throughout sessions rather than just during a question and answer period.


Workshops will be led by an expert or experts on their chosen subject relating to the conference theme and will be entirely interactive for the duration of the session.

Working Groups:
Work-in-Progress Groups and New Project Groups

Working groups may take two forms:

  • The first kind of working group is the work-in-progress group. The meeting of a work-in-progress group allows teacher-scholars already working on a project (no matter the stage) to come together and use the conference as a meeting space to further develop that project. These sessions would not be open to anyone outside of the group.
  • The second kind of working group is the new project group. These sessions are focused on a particular subject (e.g., the reading transition from high school to college; motivating students to read; teaching students to use digital annotation software) and open to all conference goers who are interested in developing a project (e.g., a research study, an article, an advocacy project, an edited collection) on that subject.