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September 7, 2010 3:12 PM Subscribe
Conference writing for dummies? (Or non-academics?)
posted by divabat to writing & language (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
There are some conferences coming up that involve my field/career path and which welcome contributions from people with personal experience but aren't necessarily from an academic background. I'm interested in contributing, but it's been a year or two since I had anything to do with academia and I'm not sure how to write an appropriate conference paper.
I asked at the local library but some minutes of searching didn't even turn up a basic "how to write a conference paper" type guide. There's one or two for scientific research, but the conferences I'm thinking of deal more with the creative arts or society. Searching on Amazon or Google Books revealed not much useful either.
Is there a great Conference Writing for Non-Academics guide somewhere? I did an undergrad degree and do a great deal of writing anyway, but didn't have to do any major academic paper, so I'm not sure what's appropriate in terms of style or voice or format. I know other friends who are in similar predicaments - presenting at a conference with plenty of personal experience but not enough academic background - and they haven't found much either.
How should a conference paper read or sound like? How academic must it sound especially if you're drawing more on first-hand experience? How do you write a proposal?