LINGUIST List 26.904

Thu Feb 12 2015

Calls: Language Acquisition/Thailand

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 30-Jan-2015
From: Salinee Antarasena <>
Subject: English Creative Writing: Theory and Practice for Non-Native English Speakers
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Full Title: English Creative Writing: Theory and Practice for Non-Native English Speakers
Short Title: AWC 2015

Date: 02-Dec-2015 - 04-Dec-2015
Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Contact Person: Salinee Antarasena
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 01-Jun-2015

Meeting Description:

This year Ubiquitous Pen Society (, an academic community under the Department of English, Faculty of Humanities at Chiang Mai University, Thailand, will host an international conference (AWC2015),at Shangri-La Hotel in the heart of Chiang Mai city, from December 2 to 4, 2015, to promote English creative writing and interdisciplinary studies as well as creativity development.

In Asian Countries, English is seen very much as the language of business, not as the language of expressing their ideas in creative writing piece. Therefore, creative writing skill is a challenge for most non-native speakers of English to master as it not only becomes an arduous task when they need to begin their creative writing piece but the writing process is also more complicated, involving a series of forward and backward movements between the writer’s ideas and the manner of expressing thoughts; both require a high level of their language control as well as creativity.

However, while many recent studies report a number of non-native English students are reluctant to write, or could not ‘tie' their ideas together into a coherent piece, the major trends in teaching writing in EFL/ESL classroom only require the learners to memorise English grammatical rules and grammar-focused writing lessons, leaving very little room for creative writing and the learner’s creativity. AWC then aims to provide information that can advance the theory and practice of creative writing pedagogy in second or foreign language environment. It is innovative in spanning across all levels of education, from K12 through doctoral level and in revealing similarities and differences in the practices and concerns regarding English creative writing studies and pedagogies across different contexts and education systems.

For more information, please check our website:

*Due to overwhelming response to our call and more co-host institutions, we are moving to a larger venue, to Shangri-la Hotel, and are also updating some information on our website, including the active board members of 2015 conference, updates of keynote speakers and social events. All information, to be ready in April 2015.

Find us also on Facebook page (Find "English Creative Writing in Asia")

Registration opens: by April 2015

Call for Papers:

AWC is proud to announce that we are now accepting proposals for paper presentations and workshops in relation to our annual theme for the 2015 Annual Writer's Conference.

Delegates are invited to submit a proposal (between 250 words and 600 words), either for oral presentation or workshop, to address aspects of creative writing, or its interdisciplinary studies, with a particular emphasis on creativity development. All proposals must be submitted electronically no later than June 1, 2015.

English Creative Writing: Theory and Practice for Non-Native English Speakers

This year’s annual conference will be held December 2-4, 2015, in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Topics include but are not limited to:

Forms of written creative expression
Lesser known writers and their writing techniques
Practical pedagogy
Practice-based research
Creative piece embodying the research questions
Criteria to assess creative works
Creative portfolios
Distance mentoring creative writing tasks/activities
Criteria negotiated by teacher and students
Creative writing and new forms of publishing
Transmedia practice
Collaborations between writers and technologists
Digitalization of writing practices and techniques
Phenomenology writing
Creative writing in medical education
Narrative medicine
Re-conceptualizing genres

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