Frequently Asked Questions

Invitation Letters

Q: I am a presenter. How can I receive an invitation letter for funding and visa purposes?
A: Invitation letters for presenters have been sent out to the corresponding authors. If you are a co-author, please check with the corresponding author for the information. If there are errors or if you cannot access the letters, please

Q: I am not presenting but would like to attend the Symposium. How can I receive an invitation letter for funding and visa purposes?
A: If you are from a country where Google is available, please use the online request form. If you cannot access Google documents, please


Q: Can I propose a topic not related to the theme?
Yes. Any topic related to second language writing--theory, research, instruction and administration, etc.--is welcome.

Q: Can I submit multiple proposals?
Multiple submissions are allowed, but to include as many presenters on the program as possible, the same person cannot be listed as the first author for more than one proposal. (Invited speakers are exempt from this rule.) Once the proposal has been accepted, no additional presenters can be added.

Q: How will the proposals be evaluated?
Each proposal will be evaluated by two reviewers who have relevant expertise in the field of second language writing. A score of 1 to 6 will be assigned based on the overall strengths of the proposal. The descriptors are: 1) Content inappropriate to the conference or has little merit; 2) basic flaws in content or presentation; 3) major effort necessary to make acceptable or content well-covered in literature already; 4) content has merit, but accuracy, clarity, completeness, and/or writing should and could be improved in time; 5) content, presentation, and writing meet professional norms; 6) candidate for outstanding submission.


Q: Will there be free wifi access?
A: Yes. ASU provides free guest wifi access throughout campus.

Q: Will there be a computer for presenters?
A: No, a computer will not be provided for presentations. Please bring your own laptop or arrange with other presenters in the same session to share one.

Q: Will there be an video projector for presenters?
A: Yes each presentation room is equipped with an LCD projector or an LCD screen. If you are a Mac user, please bring your own dongle.

Ticketed Events

Q: When and how can I sign up for ticketed events?
The information about the ticketed events will be released on this website and through the SSLWLIST first before it is disseminated more widely through other social media. By signing up for the SSLWLIST, you can be among the first to receive the information.

Q: Why is there a fee for the banquet?
The ticketed events helps to keep the registration rate reasonable--especially for graduate student participants--while keeping up with the increased cost of meeting rooms and catering. It also creates more options for the participants. In the past, some participants were not able to join the banquet due to schedule conflicts or family obligations. By making it a ticketed event, family members can join the dinner if they so wish. It also creates the option of not paying for the dinner for participants who wish to enjoy various dinner options in the city.