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 A highlight of the symposium is the announcement of the Eudora Welty Prize for an unpublished book of scholarship.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

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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Friends of the Welty Series

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