Southern Writers Symposium

Southern Writers Symposium

The 25th Southern Writers Symposium: October 23-24, 2015

As we observe the twenty-fifth iteration of Methodist University’s Southern Writers Symposium, we continue our recent tradition of celebrating emerging writers and hark back, in a way, to our first formal symposium subject James Agee.  Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by Agee and photographer Walker Evans is one of the most widely known collaborations between writer and photographer. For this year’s Symposium, we explore how the visual impacts the written word. We have invited readings of creative work that interpret this theme broadly as well as workshops and panels on writing and publishing.

Emerging Writer Nathan Poole will be our keynote speaker, reading from his highly acclaimed short stories, and Madge McKeithen will speak and read on the power of the visual to inspire the writer.

Beginning September 18, 2015, “Land of Dreams,” a photography exhibit by Bryce Lankard, will hang in the Union-Zukowski Lobby and Gallery.

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2015 Southern Writers Symposium Emerging Writers Contest Fiction Winners

First Prize

"Dreamland Goat"
Susan White
Asheville, North Carolina

Second Prize

"If I Got Down On My Knees"
Hampton Williams Hofer
Raleigh, North Carolina

Third Prize

"In Sunday Light"
Jim Gish
Arcanum, Ohio

2015 Southern Writers Symposium Emerging Writers Contest Poetry Winners

First Prize

Jennifer Dane Clements
Wasington, DC

Second Prize

“My Grandfather, Dying of Alzheimer's, Finds a Rifle in the Closet and Fires a Shot Through the Bedroom Wall. No One is Hurt.”
Anna Lowe Weber
Owens Cross Roads, Alabama

Third Prize

Laura Davenport
Savannah, Georgia


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