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The Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium is held each October in honor of The W's most famous alumna. A diverse group of Southern writers and scholars are invited to present their work. A highlight of the symposium is the announcement of the Eudora Welty Prize for an unpublished book of scholarship.

All Symposium events will be held on the MUW campus and are free and open to the public. The Symposium is made possible through the generous support of the Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation.

Eudora Writers’ Symposium features Kiese Laymon

Kiese Laymon

COLUMBUS, Miss.--Kiese Laymon returns as the keynote author for the 31st annual Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium, Oct. 10-12. Laymon will read from his latest book, “Heavy: An American Memoir,” which has been awarded the Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction and the Los Angeles Times Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose.

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Best-selling author to headline Welty Gala


COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Best-selling author John Feinstein will be the featured speaker for Mississippi University for Women’s Welty Gala at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at the Trotter Convention Center at 402 2nd Avenue North in downtown Columbus.

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Eudora Welty Series 2019 Dates — October 10-12

Due to an unavoidable scheduling issue, the dates for the Welty Series have been moved from what was originally announced on our program last year and what is traditional for the Symposium and Gala. The series will be two weeks earlier than usual: October 10-12, 2019.

We anticipate returning to our usual weekend in coming years and beginning the series on or near Founder's Day.


Friends of the Welty Series

Hearin Foundation Department of Languages Literature and Philosophy University Press of Mississippi