Now accepting proposals for the 2021 Power of Words Conference!
DEADLINE for all submissions: May 31, 2021
The 17th Annual Power of Words Conference will be held October 28 - October 31, 2021, online, and we are seeking your session proposals!
This powerful conference brings together writers, storytellers, performers, musicians, educators, activists, healers, health professionals, community leaders, and more. Together we explore the written, spoken, and sung word, seeking to find how it can bring liberation, celebration, and transformation to individuals and communities.
We invite your proposals for experiential, didactic, and/or performance-based sessions that focus on writing, storytelling, drama, film, songwriting, and other forms of Transformative Language Arts (TLA).
We encourage proposals from people targeted by racism, low-income people, people with disabilities, queer-identified people, and people of transgender and/or gender-non-conforming experience.
After completing the presenter application below, you will be prompted to choose your Session Type.
Please submit a separate proposal for each session.
See examples of our 2019 session descriptions here.
POW offers five types of sessions:
Presentation: Participants receive information from one or more presenters. The presentation may include activities, discussions, or Q&A but for the purpose of transmitting information from presenters to participants.
Workshop: Participants work together or individually to create something, such as a body of shared knowledge, piece of art, or poem. The facilitator of the session primarily serves to help the group develop their work by providing a framework and methodologies, but does not necessarily contribute to the work product.
Skill Training: Participants practice a skill or set of skills with the instruction and guidance of a trainer. A skill-share requires appropriate materials and space for participants to practice a skill, such as a dance floor for embodied movement or small groups for communication skills. If time/space/materials are limited, not every participant may have a chance to practice directly and instead learn from observing others demonstrating/learning. However, if only the presenter demonstrates the skill, the session is more properly a presentation.
Performance: Participants witness a performance of storytelling, theater, song, music, etc. by one or more performers. The performance is the main component of the session, and may stand on its own or be preceded or followed by discussion or other types of engagement.
If your session is a presentation, workshop, skill training, performance, and networking opportunity, you will be prompted to submit the following information:
Finally, there are three terms/agreements for presenting at POW:
You will be notified if your session is accepted by the end of June, 2021. Thank you!
For further information or questions, please contact the firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEADLINE for submission: May 31, 2021