Promote Your Convention Session

Tips on promoting your MLA convention paper or session (hint: make the full text available in advance) to ensure you can make the most of your time in Austin.

austin-mlaPresenting at this year’s MLA convention in Austin? You can use MLA Commons to promote your session, maximizing the potential for a good turnout—and a productive meeting. Members who deposit their papers with the Commons Open Repository Exchange (CORE) before the convention can share the deposit with members of relevant MLA forums, many of whom will be attending the convention and should know about your session. A CORE deposit creates a permanent and universal record of authorship and gives you an option to make your work available for others to use by creating a shareable URL to post anywhere, including the 2016 convention group.

Session organizers can also promote all the papers in their session by creating a Web site on the Commons (for a great example, see the site Abby Goode created for the Vancouver convention session 116, Sustainability and Population in American Literary History, and read our interview with her about it). In addition to serving as a repository for information about the session and its participants, such a site can include other readings or resources related to the session’s topic.

Commons sites work particularly well in conjunction with Twitter and other social media platforms, and with our new statistics dashboard you will be able to see what interests your readers most.

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