May 17 – 19, 2018

Writing the Midwest: A Symposium of Scholars and Writers

Kellogg Conference Center
219 S. Harrison Road
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

Call for proposals for the 2018 program . . .

Read the Symposium Call for Proposals.

Use the online proposal form.

A separate Call for Proposals for special panels on the work of 2018 Mark Twain award-winner, Tim O’Brien, can be found here. Note that these proposals should be submitted via email and not using the online proposal form.

Writing prizes . . .

. . . are awarded annually. Only work presented at the Symposium is eligible to be entered for consideration. Lists of prize winners from previous years is available at Archives, under the Resources tab. NOTE that as of 2016, the David Diamond Student Writing Prize carries a $1,000 award.

Previously . . .

Programs from previous years’ conferences are available here.

Photos of SSML meetings and members are on … Facebook


The annual conference will take place at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on the Michigan State University campus, May 17 – 19, 2018. Overnight reservations may be made directly with the Kellogg Hotel (1-800-875-5090) at the conference discounted rate of $111 per room (double, queen, or king), per night, plus tax. Cite the group code “1606WRITIN” or

“Midwest Literature Program.”

The Kellogg Hotel provides free van service from the Lansing airport. Dormitory accommodations may also be available–go to the MSU Residential Education and Housing Services website here.


Registration Form

The registration form for the 2018 Symposium can be found here.

Registration Fee

Information about 2018 costs will be available in the fall.

Presenters must be members in good standing or must become members by paying the 2018 dues.

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