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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 A highlight of the symposium is the announcement of the Eudora Welty Prize for an unpublished book of scholarship.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.

On Saturday, March 10, the Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium will be featured in a panel at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Tampa, Florida. We proposed the panel to celebrate the fact that 2018 will be our 30th Symposium, and we invited former participants to take part. AWP limits panels to 5 members, including the moderator.

Representing the symposium will be Kendall Dunkelberg (Symposium Director and 2002, 2009 & 2016), Cary Holladay (2002, 2008 & 2013), Angela Ball (2008), Lorraine López (2010), and Kelly Norman Ellis (2012). We are pleased to bring a brief sample of the symposium's long and storied history to a national audience in Tampa, 3:00pm - 4:15pm, Tampa Convention Center,  Room 14 (conference registration required).

Meanwhile, work is progressing on lining up authors for the 30th annual Symposium, October 18-20, 2018!


Friends of the Welty Series

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