Convention Registration is located in the Basie Ballroom Foyer at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Registration is open the following hours:

  • Wednesday, March 14: 8:00 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 15: 7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 16: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 17: 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

 General convention questions can be directed to NCTE staff at the Registration Desk during open hours.

Local Committee Office

The Local Committee Office is located in the Basie Coat Check on the second level.

Session and Event Locations

Unless otherwise noted, all sessions and events at the 2018 CCCC Annual Convention are located at the Kansas City Convention Center and the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

Information for Attendees with Disabilities

CCCC is committed to making arrangements that allow all of its members to participate in the convention. Wheelchair space is available in meeting rooms, and we have provided all speakers and session chairs with guidelines that will make sessions more accessible to all convention participants. These arrangements result from conversations between the NCTE staff, the CCCC Program Chair, the CCCC Committee on Disability Issues in Composition and Communication, disability studies specialists at the University of Illinois, and other professional associations. Please download the Accessibility Guide from the links below. Information is also available at the Accessibilities Table, located in the Basie Ballroom Foyer at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

Local Arrangements Committee Website

Visit the website created by the Local Arrangements Committee for great information to help you navigate Kansas City and make the most of your time in our host city.

Lactation Room


A guest room will be provided. To access, please pick up a room key at the CCCC Registration Desk in the Basie Ballroom Foyer. Hours:

  • Wednesday through Friday: 7:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 7:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

KC Convention Center

The Lactation Room is located in room 2518 A.


  • Thursday: 7:00 a.m.-–7:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 7:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Quiet Room

The Quiet Room is located in the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Taft Room.


  • Wednesday through Friday: 7:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Family Room and Gaming Lounge

The Family Room and Gaming Lounge is located in the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Kennedy Room.


  • Wednesday through Friday: 7:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

First Aid

First aid services are located in the Kansas City Convention Center, Bartle Hall First Aid Room.


  • Thursday: 10:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m.


The Exhibit Hall is located in the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Basie Ballroom. The hours for the Exhibit Hall are:

  • Thursday: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

In addition to exhibitors, there will be additional programming in two areas of the Exhibit Hall. Additional information will be available soon.

For the latest titles from NCTE, including new books in the CCCC Studies in Writing and Rhetoric series, visit the NCTE booth in the Exhibit Hall.

Planning for Next Year’s CCCC Convention

Individuals interested in discussing program proposals for the 2019 CCCC Annual Convention in Pittsburgh, PA, March 13–16, are invited to meet Vershawn Young, 2019 Program Chair, in the registration area on Friday, March 16, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.


The Marriott Downtown offers free public Wi-Fi in all common areas and eateries. Wi-Fi in session rooms at both the Marriott and Kansas City Convention Center will also be available to all attendees. The network ID and password are CCCC2018.

CCCC Mobile App

For the most up-to-date information on session locations and times, download the mobile app. The app provides a quick way to search convention sessions, view maps of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown and Kansas City Convention Center, explore the Exhibit Hall, and more. Search for “NCTE” at the Google Play Store or Apple Store.

AA and Al-Anon Meetings

CCCC offers meeting space for AA and Al-Anon meetings on Thursday and Friday evenings from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.

  • AA, Kansas City Marriott Downtown: Eisenhower
  • Al-Anon, Kansas City Marriott Downtown: Roosevelt

Nonsexist Language

All CCCC 2018 program participants were sent and asked to use the official CCCC position statement and guidelines for nonsexist language at their sessions.

Mutual Respect & Anti-Harassment Policy

NCTE is committed to producing events where everyone may learn, network, and socialize in an environment of mutual respect. Therefore, some behaviors are expressly prohibited: harassment or intimidation related to gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, disability, race, age, religion; deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or events; inappropriate contact and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants are expected to observe this code of conduct policy in all venues and events. Contact an NCTE staff member onsite to intervene if you believe you have been harassed or that a harassing situation exists. All reports will be directed to NCTE leadership immediately. Legal counsel, venue security, and/or local law enforcement may become involved if deemed necessary.