Understand the difference between the abstract and the session description
When you submit your proposal you write up two different summaries of your presentation. One of these, called the abstract , is a 50-word paragraph that will appear in the conference program book if your presentation is accepted. So the main audience for this short summary is the convention-goers who are trying to decide between multiple events on the program. You want to entice participants to attend your session, but only by giving a clear and accurate description of what you will talk about. However, the reviewers of your proposal will also be basing their evaluation on the 300-word session description . The main audience for this piece of writing are the members of the Interest Section who are peer reviewers of the proposals. In this piece of writing, you want to convince the proposal readers to select your presentation for the conference program. Remember, they will be evaluating it according to the five areas outlined in the proposal rating rubric found in the call for papers, but the convention-goers don’t get to see this, only the peer reviewers do. Clear on the difference?