Mission Statement

SIG Writing aims to provide a forum for exchange of ideas about writing and promoting research collaboration between writing researchers from different countries as well as from different disciplines, such as education, psychology, linguistics, cognitive science, computer science, literary studies and rhetoric. Examples of topics we deal with are:

  • the cognitive, social and developmental processes involved in writing,
  • the functions of writing in different social and institutional contexts,
  • the design of writing instruction in various educational settings.


Our activities include writing-related publications, conferences and initiatives.

  • Publications include the Journal of Writing Research and the book series Studies in Writing.
  • The SIG Writing conference is organised every second year, during the year in between EARLI conferences, by a local organising team in Europe. An overview of the past conferences can be found below.
  • In the year in between the SIG Writing conferences, a small-scale SIG Writing initiative is organised, especially directed towards junior researchers.

Upcoming Events

SIG 12 Biennal Conference 2024

  • Theme: ways2write \(w2w)/
  • Date: 26-28 June, 2024 (preceded by a research school 24-25 June)
  • Place: Paris Nanterre University, France
  • Organisers: Georgeta Cislaru (Paris Nanterre University, France), Christophe Leblay (University of Turku, Finland), and Florence Lefeuvre (Sorbonne Nouvelle University, France)
  • Conference website

Past Conferences & Research Schools

  • Eva Lindgren, Kirk Sullivan, Carina Hermansson, Maria Levlin, Elisabet Norlin Rehnmark, Nina Vandermeulen, & Erika Sturk

  • Mariëlle Leijten, Sarah Bernolet, Iris Schrijver, & Fien De Smedt

  • Lorna Bourke & Simon Davies

  • Gert Rijlaarsdam & Huub van den Bergh

  • Rui Alves

  • Joachim Grabowski

  • Åsa Wengelin

  • Luuk Van Waes

  • Linda Allal & Bernard Schneuwly

  • David Galbraith & Mark Torrance

  • Bianca Di Bernardi

SIG Writing Memorandum

The most recent version of the SIG Writing Memorandum will be available soon.

SIG Writing Archive

An archive with past events and publications will be available soon.