We are pleased to announce the 40th Annual Great Plains Writers Conference keynote speaker and date.  The conference theme is “The Role of the Humanities in the Digital Age: The GPWC at 40 Years.”  The conference will take place on Monday, March 21st, 2016, with writing-themed panels/workshops throughout the day (including readings from our state-wide middle and high school writing contest winners and the presentation of the Emerging Tribal Writer award), followed by a keynote address at 7:00 at McCrory Gardens.

 Janet Murray

Professor Janet H. Murray ( is our guest of honor and keynote speaker for the event.  Professor Murray currently serves as Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs for the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology (aka Georgia Tech) as well as the Ivan Allen College Dean’s Professor for the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture.  She is the author of the hugely influential Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace (MIT Press, 1998), which will be published in an updated version (and as an e-book) by Simon and Schuster in February 2016.

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Thanks for a terrific conference!

At GPWC we’ve aimed to start conversations and light fires in people, and there was plenty  of that at our 2015 iteration. Brookings was full of fired-up, energetic people who care. We couldn’t have asked for a better result (or better presenters).

Stay tuned for a photo gallery of this year’s event and keep your eyes peeled next winter for news of our 2016 conference–our 40th anniversary!

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Closing event: Dr. Vandana Shiva

Join us tonight at the SDSU Performing Arts Center at 7:00pm for a talk on “Who Really Feeds the World” by Dr. Vandana Shiva. Don’t miss it! It’s our last event for 2015–brought to you in cooperation with the Harding Lecture Series.


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….it’s here: our full schedule

Check out our full slate of conference guests and events, from the local to the international,

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Check out our official 2015 poster!

For a full-size (1.2MB) JPEG of our poster to view or download, click here.

GPWC 2015 poster

…and look for our full schedule soon.

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A 2014 conference recap (via presenter Randy Brown)

We’re still in “recovery mode” here at the GPWC, but one of our presenters–the indefatigable Randy Brown (a.k.a. Charlie Sherpa) has written a great recap at Thanks, Randy!


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Proud to Be: military anthology accepting submissions


The third volume of Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, an anthology series from Southeast Missouri State Press, is currently accepting submissions. All military personnel, and their families are eligible.

Visit for full information.

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