Call for Papers

Call for Papers

CC-NLG 2019 is the fourth edition of a series of workshops that aim to bring together researchers dealing with text generation from a computational creativity (CC) perspective, and researchers in natural language generation (NLG) with an interest in creative aspects. The workshop will also discuss the crossovers in CC and NLG, as well as looking to dialogue systems and their creative possibilities. Creativity should be understood in both a formal and informal sense; therefore, submissions will be appreciated from familiar applications like stories and poems, as well as downstream applications of NLG that incorporate creative components.

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 out-of-domain or spontaneous user input. Creative methodologies are garnering fundamental and applicable returns.

Previous editions of the workshop have contained submissions from a broad range of applications, and the day itself has welcomed an extended attendance into an active discussion at the intersection of both fields. In 2019 we will continue this dialogue at INLG 2019.

Relevant Fields of Research

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 address core issues in computational creativity narrative, poetics, or humour, as well as those looking 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.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Poetry Generation
  • Story Generation
  • Generation of Metaphor, Figurative and Rhetorical Language
  • Generation of Verbal Humor
  • Lyric Generation
  • Personality and Emotion in NLG
  • Creative Data-to-Text Models
  • Interactive Language Generation
  • Narrative Generation
  • Style Generation
  • Digital Literature

Important Dates

  • Abstract Registration : September 2, 2019 (Full paper submissions are still accepted until September 13, 2019)
  • Submissions due: September 13, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: October 1, 2019
  • Camera-ready papers due: October 18, 2019
  • Workshop: November 1, 2019
  • INLG Conference: October 29 – November 1, 2019


Submissions should follow the ACL submission format and length limits. We are happy to accept both long papers, which will be given more time to present, and short papers . Check instructions at the INLG Call for Papers page. Dual submission with INLG 2019 is permitted, provided that authors notify us on submission, and withdraw from one venue after acceptance on the other.

  • Long papers are most appropriate for presenting substantial research results and must not exceed 8 pages of content, with unlimited pages for references.
  • Short papers are more appropriate for presenting an ongoing research effort and must not exceed 4 pages of content, with unlimited pages for references.

Papers should be submitted electronically through the CC-NLG EasyChair submissions page.


As in previous editions, the organisers of CC-NLG will apply to have the accepted papers included as INLG Workshop Proceedings on the ACL Anthology.