2020 Conference Information is Up

Please visit the 2020 Conference link above for detailed information about this years event, including schedules and presenter biographies. See you in Brookings April 4!

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Stay tuned for news of our 2020 conference

We’ll soon have information posted on the 2020 Great Plains Writers’ Conference, which will take place at the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, SD on Saturday, April 4.

We’ll bring in a couple of featured authors who got snowed out last year (Jim Reese and Adrian Koesters) as well as poets Lee Ann Roripaugh and Vince Gotera.

Stay tuned for more information!

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Due to worsening weather and campus closures tomorrow, we are cancelling ALL THE EVENTS associated with this year’s Great Plains Writers Conference.

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The readings and book launches are free and open to the public, but we require registration for the workshops. Our registration deadline has been extended to midnight, March 25. Please email tiffani.pirner@sdstate.edu to register. Thanks.

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Announcing GPWC 2019


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Announcing our 2018 Lineup

The schedule for the 2018 Great Plains Writers’ Conference (March 23-25 in Brookings, SD) can be found at https://greatplainswritersconference.com/2018-conference/. We hope you’ll join us!

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GPWC’s Location

All morning and afternoon sessions will be held in the Hobo Day Gallery, located in the northwest corner of the SDSU Student Union. The 7 p.m. keynote address by Janet Murray will be held in the McCrory Garden educational center.

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2016 Conference Poster

GPWC Poster 2016

Click here for our schedule.

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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 (http://lmc.gatech.edu/~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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