Thank you to our sponsors, exhibitors, and advertisers!


Several companies/organizations sponsored lunches, receptions, and other events at this year’s conference:

  • Thursday night reception – Elon University’s Center for Engaged Learning and Center for Writing Excellence
  • Friday lunch – Bedford/St. Martin’s – Macmillan
  • Friday night banquet – Pearson
  • Saturday lunch – Norton
  • Saturday Social – McGraw-Hill

Follow the links in Guidebook to learn more about each of these sponsors, and please thank their representatives for their support of CWPA 2016.


Exhibitors and Advertisers

We also appreciate our exhibitors and advertisers. See the full list in the app, and click through to learn more about each organization or program.


Finding the CWPA 2016 Check-In Tables

So you’ve made it to the Sheraton? Now what?!? From the main lobby… (pictured below) Take the escalators (to the left) up one level (to floor 3).


(Escalators are available to go up… You’ll take elevators or stairs to go down…)


Turn left at the top of the escalators, and walk up the ramp into the Hannover/BB&T building (through the double-doors, if they happen to be closed, as they are in the  photo below). The check-in table is at the top of the ramp.


See you soon!


Getting to and around the Sheraton

We look forward to welcoming you to the conference. We’re writing with a few tips about transportation, Raleigh weather, conference check-in, and Raleigh restaurants. (We’ll send a brief update on Tuesday or Wednesday with updated weather information and any other updates.)

Getting to the Sheraton

The Sheraton does not have a hotel shuttle from the airport, but our Transportation in Raleigh page offers several strategies for getting to the Sheraton. In addition to taxis, Uber, and bus service, it’s possible to rent a car at the airport and turn it in at or near the hotel (or vice versa); Avis and Budget have counters inside the hotel.

Raleigh Weather

The current forecast is for highs in the low to mid 90s, low temperatures in the 70s, and summer thunderstorms most days. Humidity will range from 55%-76%. Layers are a smart choice as you move between the humid outdoors and air-conditioned indoor locations.

Conference Check-In

If you enter the hotel on the Salisbury St. side, you’ll enter on level 1; if you enter on the Fayetteville St. side, you’ll enter on level 2 (where the hotel check-in is located). Regardless of where you enter, to find the conference check-in, take the escalators up to floor 3, turn left, and walk across the interior bridge. Conference check-in will be near the Capital Room.

A bit more about the hotel layout: Most of our conference spaces are on the 3rd floor – either in the Sheraton or in the adjacent BB&T building. An interior bridge connects the two 3rd floor spaces. The Magnolia Rooms and the Boardroom (our quiet room) are on the first floor. There are escalators available for going up between floors, and elevators and stairs for going up or down between floors.


Raleigh Restaurants

Though we have a reception on Thursday, a dinner on Friday, and the social on Saturday, you may want to explore Raleigh’s dining options. Our dining page lists some of the local team’s favorite restaurants, and we’ve labeled the restaurants that have committed to offering safe bathrooms. Jessie’s personal favorites are Ashley Christensen’s restaurants – and not just because AC Restaurants strives “to create a seat for everyone at the table through genuine, hospitality-driven experiences that celebrate the people and places of our community.”

See you soon,

Susan Miller-Cochran, CWPA President; Jessie L. Moore, local chair; Anushka Peres, assistant to CWPA President; and over 20 local volunteers!

Conference A/V – What can I expect?

All of the #CWPA16 presentation rooms will have LCD data projectors and 6′ or 8′ screens. Registered attendees also will have wireless internet access throughout the conference rooms. The concurrent session presentation rooms will not have speakers, so if you plan to use audio or video in your presentation, we encourage you to bring your own speakers; we’ll have one set available for check-out during each of the concurrent sessions.