Guidelines for Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-conference workshops provide participants with an opportunity to extend their knowledge and strengthen their skills in the area addressed by the workshop. Since these workshops are scheduled to occur the day before the commencement of the regular conference program, they are able to be allotted a longer time period of 3 hours, allowing presenters to delve deeper into the topics presented and to provide a collaborative, active learning environment for the attendees. Workshop attendees should leave with skills, knowledge or materials that they can use in their own research, practice and/or scholarship. 

Unlike other conferences, TALE 2018 workshops typically do not require the payment of additional fees by participants. However, pre-conference workshop attendees must pre-register for the specific workshops they would like to attend in advance of the conference. A limited number of opportunities for prospective sponsors to offer workshops are also available (please contact us for details). Unless otherwise negotiated with the Special Sessions, Workshops and Panels Chair (, pre-conference workshop presenters are responsible for the cost of any materials to be used for the workshop and/or distributed to attendees.

Prospective pre-conference workshop presenters will submit proposals containing an outline along with supporting documentation for the workshop rather than a formal paper. Proposals should be 1000-1200 words in length and submitted via the conference's manuscript management system. They must include the following elements:

  1. Contact information (name, affiliation, phone and email) for each anticipated facilitator or presenter in the workshop

  2. Aims/objectives the workshop, including a description of the target audience and why they would be interested in the workshop (approx. 100-200 words)

  3. Explanation of how the workshop aligns with the scope and theme of TALE 2018 (approx. 100 words)

  4. Description of topics/subjects/content of the workshop (approx. 200-300 words) 

  5. Outline of the qualifications of presenters to lead this workshop (approx. 100-200 words)

  6. Workshop agenda, including details and time allotted for each activity

  7. Description of the take-away skill(s), knowledge or material that attendees will acquire (approx. 100-200 words)

  8. Indication of the preferred maximum number of attendees

  9. Any special requirements for electricity, audio-visual equipment or materials.


Similar to traditional papers and other proposals for non-traditional sessions, pre-conference workshop proposals will be peer-reviewed by at least three reviewers. All pre-conference workshop presenters are expected to register for and participate in the full conference.


24 Aug 2018         Proposal submission deadline (FINAL EXTENSION)

19 Sep 2018          Notification of proposal review outcomes

01 Oct 2018           Responses to suggestions for modifications or clarifications due

08 Oct 2018          Final session descriptions, outlines, summaries and accompanying papers (if any) due

08 Oct 2018          Early-bird and presenter registration deadline

04 Dec 2018         Pre-conference workshops and conference opening

Proposal Submission

Proposals should be saved in PDF format and submitted via the conference's online submission system, Conftool. Please note that submissions cannot be accepted via email.

Important Dates

16 Apr 2018

First-time author OPTIONAL  submission (CLOSED)


15 May 2018

Feedback to first-time authors (COMPLETE)

24 Aug  2018

Paper subsmission deadline (EXTENDED)

17 Aug 2018

Notification of review outcomes


01 Oct 2018

Camera-ready papers due

08 Oct 2018

Early-bird and presenter registration deadline

04 Dec 2018

Conference opening

04 Dec 2018

05 Dec 2018

06 Dec 2018

07 Dec 2018 

Pre-Conf Workshops + Opening + Welcome Reception

Main Technical Program + Conf Dinner

Main Technical Program + Closing Ceremony

Social Program (optional tours)

Bronze Sponsors

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