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 A highlight of the symposium is the announcement of the Eudora Welty Prize for an unpublished book of scholarship.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

Symposium Schedule 2015

Thursday, Oct. 22, 7:30 PM — Keynote

Moira CroneThe Ice Garden
Receptioni & book signing with all authors

Friday, Oct. 23, 9 AM – 12 Noon

Sefi Atta , A Bit of Difference
T. R. Hummer, Skandalon
Melissa Ginsburg, Dear Weather Ghost
Kiese LaymonLong Division

Friday, Oct. 23, 1:30-4:00 PM

Ravi Howard, Driving the King
TJ Jarrett, Zion
Michael KardosBefore He Finds Her
Ephemera Prize Reading

Saturday, Oct. 24, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Lisa HoworthFlying Shoes
Miki Pfeffer, Southern Ladies and Suffragists
Randolph ThomasThe Deepest Rooms
Steve Yates, The Teeth of the Souls

All sessions are held in the Connie Sills Kossen auditorium of Poindexter Hall on the campus of Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, Miss.

Click on the times above to see more event information in Facebook, invite your friends, and tell the world you're coming. Each author's name is also linked to their description in the online program.

Moira Crone Returns as Keynote Author

Novelist Moira Crone will be the keynote speaker at the 27th annual Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium, Oct. 22-24, reading from her recent novel, “The Ice Garden.”

In “The Ice Garden,” Crone tells the story of 10-year-old Claire McKenzie, who takes care of her newborn sister, whom she calls Sweetie, while their mother sinks deeper into mental illness. Claire and her father are captivated by the beauty and musical talent of her mother, even as they each become increasingly aware of the dangers her neglect and capricious demands create for the family. Set against the segregated backdrop of 1960s North Carolina, the novel also explores the world of the family’s maid, Sidney, who practically raises the two girls.

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