AAWP 2020 : Rising Tides

Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus, 16 - 18 November 2020

At this 25th anniversary AAWP conference we ask, what does 20/20 vision bring us as we face the rising tides of the future? What must writers write for now? Where should research be directed? How might publishing adapt? How can teaching prepare the writers of the future? What do the coming changes mean for traditional genres and emergent technologies? Will writing itself sink or swim?

It is now a quarter of a century since the first AAWP conference. A milestone in the history of creative writing in Australia. The 2020 conference will be held at the Gold Coast campus of Griffith University, a place known as much for its real estate expansionism, as for its tidal settings. Thankfully, the Gold Coast campus of Griffith University is well above sea level.


A rising tide can be good for launching a boat, or surfing, or limen-dwellers of coastal waterways.

Yet rising tides, aquatic or otherwise, can mean disaster for those at the edge of survival in a climate-affected world.

Scholarly, pedagogical and creative work is welcome. Proposals for collaborative discussion panels are also encouraged. We welcome diverse voices and points of view.

Starting points for topics might include:

  • Breaking lines
  • Distant visions
  • Erosion
  • Encroachment
  • Rebellion
  • Vantage points
  • Low-lying terrain
  • Continuity/Discontinuity
  • Connection/Disconnection
  • Common ground
  • Sandcastles
  • Beachcombing
  • Survival
  • Arrival and departure
  • Rapid change
  • Urgency
  • Escape

Call for papers

We invite proposals for presentations of 15-20 minutes duration that reflect broadly on the theme of ‘rising tides’ to be submitted by 24 April 2020.

Please submit abstracts and proposals though email (150 words approx).

Submissions should include your name, university affiliation, e-mail address, the title of your proposed paper, and a short bio (100 words approx).



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Dr Stephanie Green

Dr Sally Breen

Professor Nigel Krauth

Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus