Requirements & Expectations for the Conference Paper

For this course, you & three team mates will be conducting an investigation into the question, “why study women’s literature?” This investigation is a creative research project culminating in a co-authored conference paper & creative presentation. Additionally, teams will keep a blog recording their research process & discoveries.

Completed conference papers must be 15 pages and of publishable quality. Interested teams will be directed towards resources for publication and/or professional presentation of papers at academic conferences.

Your conference paper may be informal, as in you may use “I” and subjective experience, however, the paper must be thoughtful, well-constructed, and academic at heart. The paper will be co-authored by your entire team. This will serve as a significant challenge, as you all must communicate effectively in order to co-ordinate your efforts. All team mates must contribute equal work in terms of research, writing, and editing.

Please see “What is a conference paper?” for more information about this genre of writing.

Individual students will:

  • Fairly & responsibly contribute to the co-authoring of conference paper as decided by the team. Individual team members all must equally contribute writing to the paper.
    (EX: Each member writes one section of the paper.)
  • Fairly & responsibly contribute to the editing & revision process, including editing individual & team writing.
  • Accurately cite all sources, quotes, images, and media.
  • Heed all due dates as decided by the team and your instructor.

Editors will:

  • Keep an accurate team spreadsheet (via google docs or similar) of all team members’ contributions & team writing due dates.
  • Provide copies to the instructor when drafts/final copies are due.
  • Check sources.

Teams will:

  • Co-author a conference paper of publishable quality. Paper must be 15pgs long, and adhere to MLA conventions.
  • Collaborate on all aspects of the conference paper, including team due dates, brainstorming, revisions, outlines, workload, meetings, etc.
  • Cooperate & collaborate respectfully as equals.
  • Provide team members with thoughtful feedback on drafts, revisions, and editing.
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