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TAA's 2021 Conference Call for Proposals Is Open

TAA announces a Call for Proposals for its 2021 conference which will be held June 18-19, 2021 in Indianapolis, IN. We invite the submission of presentations relevant to writing, publishing, and marketing textbooks and academic works (textbooks, academic books, journal articles, and monographs). Interactive, hands-on sessions are encouraged. The proposal deadline is October 7, 2020.  

The conference will be held at the beautiful Conrad Indianapolis, a 5-Star hotel boasting a premier downtown Indianapolis location just two blocks from the capitol. A highly interactive event, the conference will be attended by authors and aspiring authors of textbooks, journal articles, and other academic works, as well as by industry professionals from across the country. 

Selection Process   
Submission Guidelines     
Session Formats     

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Time Management and Writing Productivity
  • Promoting social equity in textbook and/or academic authoring
  • Publishing Industry Updates & Trends
  • Navigating Copyright and Permissions
  • Savvy Contract and Royalty Negotiating & Monitoring
  • Marketing Your Works and Creating Your Brand
  • Authoring in an Open Access/OER Environment
  • Non-Traditional Paths to Getting Published 
  • Tech Tools to Enhance Your Works

Session FormatsSession proposals can be submitted for the following formats:

Traditional Presentation: 60-minute session featuring one to three speakers; approximately a 40-50 minute presentation with time for 10-15 minutes of Q&A.

Panel Discussion: 60 or 90 minute session with multiple presenters. Active audience participation is encouraged and expected. 

Roundtable Presentation: 60-minute small-group discussion moderated by the roundtable presenter and focusing on one authoring or publishing topic.

Selection Process

Please submit your proposal by October 7, 2020. The 2021 TAA Conference Committee will review all proposals and notify you of the status of your submission by November 18, 2020. The committee is looking for proposals that they believe will create the greatest engagement for attendees, with descriptive titles, compelling abstracts, and clear statements of learning objectives. Interactive sessions are encouraged. For proposals that are neither directly declined nor accepted, the committee may request revisions to proposals or alterations in format. 

Presenter Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions will require a 75-word bio and .jpg photo for each presenter to be used for program publicity. A PDF of the bio(s) and the photo(s) can be uploaded to the proposal form.
  • Presenters are responsible for their own travel and lodging costs related to the conference.
  • Presenters should meet posted dates and deadlines; failure to do so may lead to removal from the program.
  • Presentations should be pre-loaded on a thumb drive. TAA will provide computers and AV equipment in all session rooms.
  • Handouts and PowerPoint slides are encouraged for all presentations. 
  • Presentations should not be of a commercial nature.
  • Accepted presenters receive free conference registration for the day of their presentation.

Review program content from past TAA conferences:

2020 Conference cancelled due to COVID-19
2019 TAA Conference
2018 TAA Conference
2017 TAA Conference
2016 TAA Conference
2015 TAA Conference

Questions? Contact [email protected]

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