Manfred is focus of writer's conference The life and work of Great Plains writer Frederick Manfred will be the focus of the third annual John R. Milton Writer's Conference to be held at The University of South Dakota Feb. 24-26.
The conference, established in memory of USD English Professor and South Dakota Review founder John R. Milton, is sponsored by the USD College of Arts and Sciences, USD English Department, USD Book and Supply, South Dakota Review, the John R. Milton Foundation, and the Wayne S. and Ester M. Knutson Foundation.
Manfred's legendary life and renowned work will be honored as poets, fiction writers, and scholars from across the country converge on campus to discuss and explore the art of writing. The conference will include panels, readings, lectures, book signings, and social gatherings. It is open to staff, students, faculty and members of the community.
The only credentials required of conference attendees will be an interest in creative writing and an enthusiasm for literature and the power of the written word.
The conference will cost $20 for the general public, which includes two continental breakfasts and Saturday lunch. USD faculty, staff and students may attend free of charge. There is a $6 fee for the Saturday evening banquet, which is not included in either registration.
Session topics will include the future of regional writing, challenges and rewards of publishing, and contributions of Manfred to literature of the Northern Plains. A series of panel discussions, which will be held in Old Main, include: "Regional and Post Regional Literature," 10 a.m., Feb. 25; "Urban and Rural Representations in Contemporary Fiction," 3:30 p.m., Feb. 25; "Frederick Manfred," 10 a.m., Feb. 26; "Publishing Your Creative Work," 2 p.m., Feb. 26.
In addition, English Professor Michael Joyce of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, will present a keynote lecture entitled "Then Again Who Isn't Post-Hypertextural Rhetoric" in the Rushmore Rooms of the Coyote Student Center at 6:15 p.m. on Feb. 26. The lecture is part of the Great Plains Alliance for Writing and Computer Conference, which is being held in conjunction with the Milton conference.