Schedule update on Dr. Janet Murray

Unfortunately, our keynote speaker Dr. Janet Murray will not be able to speak in Brookings due to an illness. Her lecture, which was to be held on Monday night at the McCrory Gardens Visitor Center will be cancelled.

Our other regularly scheduled daytime events on Monday will go on as planned in the Hobo Day Gallery at the SDSU Student Union. Hope to see you there!

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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

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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 ( 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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