Call for Papers

Call for Papers

CC-NLG 2016 sought to bring together researchers from the communities of computational creativity in text generation, and natural language generation broadly. With the support of last years organizers, CC-NLG 2017 will build upon that dynamic through a follow-up workshop collocated with INLG. This workshop will also discuss the crossovers in CC and NLG, as well as looking to dialogue systems and their creative possibilities, for example in social networks.

Discussions at CC-NLG will cover the distinct approaches of CC and NLG brought about by their respective focuses; research in computational creativity has tended to deal less with technical shifts, directed instead at cognition, aesthetics, and novelty; whilst NLG research has tended to focus on the technical and theoretical challenges of topics like readability. However, in recent years this distinction has become far less defined. NLG research deals actively with concepts of style, variation, poetics, and narrative, whilst creative researchers are developing robust implementations. This change can be seen in dialogue systems, where the usability of an interface relies on it handling spontaneous user input. For example, a virtual teacher should be able to process ‘Why can’t pigs fly?’, and a shopping assistant should be able to handle ‘What cool movies are out?’, while a humorous Twitterbot should be able to digest today’s news. These are just a few examples in the broad domain of CC + NLG.

Research contributions are solicited on work that takes creativity into a general context, showing how the facets of creative language also enrich useful language. The workshop will still focus on core issues in computational creativity, like narrative, poetics, and humor, yet look to its communicative side. This will be of interest to researchers from computational creativity itself, as well as those looking to apply creative methods within other text generation systems.

Relevant Fields of Research

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Poetry Generation
  • Story Generation
  • Generation of Metaphor, Figurative and Rhetorical Language
  • Generation of Verbal Humor
  • Personality and Emotion in Natural Language Generation
  • Creative Data-to-Text in Natural Language Generation
  • Character-based Generation
  • Style Generation

Important Dates

  • Submissions due: June 2, 2017 June 8, 2017 (extended)
  • Notification of acceptance: July 3, 2017
  • Early registration deadline: July 15, 2017
  • Camera-ready papers due: July 20, 2017
  • Workshop: September 4, 2017
  • INLG Conference: September 4-7, 2017


Submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL Anthology proceedings and be anonymized for double blind reviewing. NAACL offers both LaTeX style files and Microsoft Word templates. Papers should be submitted electronically through the CC-NLG EasyChair submissions page.

  • Long papers are most appropriate for presenting substantial research results and must not exceed 8 pages of content, with up to two additional pages for references.
  • Short papers are more appropriate for presenting an ongoing research effort and must not exceed 4 pages of content, with up to one extra page for references.

Accepted papers will be included as INLG Workshop Proceedings on the ACL Anthology. Dual submission with INLG 2017 is permitted, provided that authors notify us on submission, and withdraw from one venue after acceptance on the other.