Conference Proceedings

Conference Proceedings

From early literacy learning to writing in professional life: Writing research across borders

The WRAB 2023 Organizing Committee invites presenters of papers at the WRAB VI conference to submit an abstract for consideration in a book to be published by the WAC Clearinghouse International Exchanges in the Study of Writing book series. We welcome all types of writing research, but authors are encouraged to link to the conference theme (From early literacy learning to writing in professional life).

It is anticipated that the papers in this collection will represent the conference theme by addressing writing development in and outside formal schooling and how writing proficiency can be shaped by both instruction and personal experiences. It is further anticipated that papers will address issues of writing assessment in monolingual as well as plural-lingual settings. Other anticipated themes include–but is not limited to–characteristics of writing in school, private life and in work life, genre theoretical perspectives on writing, theoretical models of writing, text analysis, motivation for writing, writing in diverse linguistic landscapes, writing in a digital age, multimodal writing, writing interventions, historical accounts of writing and reviews of evidence of effective writing programs in K–12, university, and work-life settings. It is anticipated that the papers accepted for the volume will represent various national and regional contexts. It is further anticipated that papers in this collection will represent a range of methodologies such as for example ethnographic approaches, text analysis, discourse analysis, quantitative analysis, and multimodal analysis. It is also anticipated that the papers will represent a variety of theoretical perspectives (e.g., socio-cultural perspectives on writing, cognitive perspectives, motivational perspectives, genre perspectives and more), and different research designs such as explorative observational studies, experimental designs and literature reviews aiming at identifying effective practices.

The book will be published in English, and papers must be submitted in English. Authors who wish so, may to publish an extended abstract of their paper in another language as an online supplementary.


  • Professor Gustaf B. Skar, Department of Teacher Education, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Paul Rogers, UC Santa Barbara
  • Jonathan Marine, George Mason University


Presenters at WRAB that are interested in publishing their research in this book of proceedings must first submit an abstract to indicate this interest. If the abstract is accepted, the author can submit a full paper for consideration.

  • April 30th, 2023: Authors submit abstracts of papers.
  • une 30th, 2023: Notification to authors. Possible outcomes will be accepted or rejected. Accepted abstracts qualify for submission of full paper.
  • November 30th, 2023: Deadline for submission of full paper.
  • February 26th, 2024: First round of reviews. Possible outcome of reviews will be accepted, minor revisions required, major revisions required, or rejected.
  • May 30th, 2024: Deadline for submission of revised paper.
  • June 30th, 2024: Final decision.
  • December 2024: Anticipated publication.


Abstracts submitted in April 2023 should not exceed 500 words (excluding references). The abstract should identify: the question or problem under investigation, the methods used, the main result and implications of the results.

The full article should not exceed 8000 words including references.

Authors should follow the WAC Clearinghouse guide (PDF)

Review process

All abstracts will be reviewed by two independent reviewers. Reviews will be double-blind. Authors with accepted abstracts will be asked to submit a full paper. Please note, however, an accepted abstract does not automatically grant publication in book.

Full papers will be reviewed by at least two independent reviewers. Reviews will be double-blind. Depending on the outcome a paper may be subject to a new round of peer review. Rejected papers will not be considered further.


Please send your initial submission (i.e., abstract) to Gustaf B. Skar. Submissions of full-length papers will be handled in the WAC portal.