May 16 – 18, 2019

Writing the Midwest: A Symposium of Scholars and Writers

Kellogg Conference Center
219 S. Harrison Road
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

Register now . . .

You may register for the Symposium now. You have 2 options:

You can use credit card or PayPal at our new, secure online store. A new browser window will open when you click on the store. Choose the appropriate registration category. Also purchase a ticket for Friday’s Awards Banquet luncheon. If you haven’t already paid your membership dues for 2019, you can do that here, too.

Or you can download this form and mail a check.

Housing info . . .

The annual conference will take place at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on the Michigan State University campus, May 16 – 18, 2019. Overnight reservations may be made directly with the Kellogg Hotel (800-875-5090, Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM – 7 PM) at a conference discounted rate. Ask for the rate for the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature. If you reserve online, use code 1905SOCIET.

Parking at the Kellogg Center hotel is free for guests. The Kellogg Hotel provides free shuttle service, between the hours of 7 AM and 10:30 PM, from and to the Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport, and from and to the Michigan Flyer stop in East Lansing (for those flying in or out of Detroit).

Writing prizes . . .

. . . are awarded annually. Only work presented at the Symposium is eligible to be entered for consideration. More information about the various contests and prizes is available here, under the Resources tab. NOTE that as of 2016, the David Diamond Student Writing Prize carries a $1,000 award.

Program . . .

Counting down the hours! Sessions begin at 12:30 PM on Thursday and include several on the work of Mark Twain Award-winning author Bonnie Jo Campbell. On Thursday night at 7:30, Mollie Godfrey will deliver the keynote, followed by the Convivium. On Friday at the luncheon, the Mark Twain Award and the MidAmerica Award will be given, as well as writing prizes for all categories. At 7:30 PM, Bonnie Jo Campbell will give a reading. Booktables and swag will be available throughout the conference.

Book display . . .

Several small and university presses will be selling books at the Symposium, including Hastings College Press, Cornerstone Press, Wayne State University Press, Michigan State University Press, and Belt Press. Read a recent article about Belt publishing Midwestern writers here.

Previously . . .

Programs from previous years’ conferences are available here.

Upcoming . . .

The 2020 Symposium will be SSML’s 50th and will take place in Chicago at The Newberry Library. More information to be announced in May.

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