The 2023 Marianne D. McComb Conference

UPDATE: The McComb Conference had a great turnout. Here’s a photo of four MFA alumni who gathered

Join us for one of the biggest events, held once every two years, the Marianne D. McComb Conference. You can find out more here.

The Miami University Creative Writing Program is hosting the 2023 Marianne D. McComb Conference on Resilience and Joy on April 14-15th at the Marcum Center. Award-winning authors will present and conduct generative writing workshops. Writers from across the university (and beyond!) are invited to participate.

The 2023 McComb conference is a two-day conference, open to all, with the theme this year of resilience and joy. How do we write joy and resilience? How can we find resilience and joy in writing? Is joy necessarily tethered to sorrow?

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The conference features generative writing sessions on graphic novels, nonfiction, poetry, and fiction by renowned authors Ross GayLydia Conklin, and Yalie Kamara. These authors will also give talks and participate in panels.

The conference will be held at the Marcum Center, kicked off by keynote speaker Ross Gay, author of The Book of Delights and Inciting Joy, followed by a reception on Friday, April 14th. Saturday offers generative writing sessions led by our three guest writers, fiction writer and graphic memoirist Lydia Conklin, who wrote Rainbow Rainbow, and Cincinnati’s poet laureate Yalie Kamara, author of A Brief Biography of My Name and the anthology What You Need to Know About Me. There will also be a plenary panel by our guests on resilience and joy, as well as a scholarly panel and a creative writing reading by Miami students.

Due to enormous interest in this conference, we’ve extended the deadline until March 25th for the 2023 Marianne D. McComb Conference! All events, including the keynote, are free and open to the public. Register soon so we can plan the seating, food & swag:

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