2016 Conference

2016 conference

The 19th annual ATTW Conference, "Citizenship and Advocacy in Technical Communication," was held April 6, 2016 in Houston, Texas.

Program chairs were Godwin Agboka ( and Natalia Matveeva (, both of the University of Houston-Downtown.

Conference Submission How to

Before you submit

Submissions for ATTW 2017 have closed.

Before submitting your conference proposal, all members of your panel need to register new accounts at For security purposes, we have deleted all previous accounts, so even if you have had a previous account, you will need to create a new one.

ATTW 2017 Conference Call for Proposals

Celebrating 20—Retrospections and New Directions in Technical Communication

Portland, Oregon, March 15, 2017

Proposal submission closed October 21, 2016

2016 ATTW Graduate Research Award

2016 ATTW Graduate Research Award

The ATTW executive committee is delighted to announce an award to support and advance the research of graduate students in the latter stages of their PhD programs.  

Up to three awardees will receive a monetary amount ($500.00) to be used for research expenses and/or to help defray the costs of attending the annual ATTW conference.  In addition, award recipients will be featured in a work-in-progress panel presentation at the annual conference in Houston, TX in 2016, and the conference registration fee will be waived.

2013 Conference CFP

Technical Communication Beyond Belief

Las Vegas, NV
March 13, 2013


Tracing Networks of Discourse

Tracing Networks of Discourse

Jason Swarts, North Carolina State University

Our reliance on mobile, networking technologies means that we can no longer expect writing and discourse to be traditionally situated in stable settings of use among groups of people with reliably understandable motives. Increasingly, we use information in polycontextual settings, distributed across people, spaces, times, and activities, where coherent and focused use is an accomplishment of coordinated effort.


Analyzing Data from Complex Institutional Contexts

Analyzing Data from Complex Institutional Contexts

Ellen Barton, Wayne State University

Research in technical and professional communication is often based on the analysis of data – spoken, written, graphical, digital, audio-video – collected from complex institutions such as hospitals, universities, R&D labs, government agencies, to name a few. Researchers typically find that analyzing this kind of data requires a combination of methods drawn from the literature and developed to describe the unique data and context of a particular research project.


2013 Conference



16th Annual Conference – Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW)
Las Vegas, NV - March 13, 2013


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