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Southeast Missouri State University

Radical Writes: English Graduate Student Conference

Radical Writes: English Graduate Student Conference 

Composition, Creative Writing, and New Media

April 14-16, 2016

Southeast Missouri State University

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  • Presentation Sessions: Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16
  • Banquet and Keynote Presentation: Thursday night
  • Open Mike: Friday night
  • Panel on Saturday: Writing Outside Academia
  • Drawings for books and prizes
  • Contest for Best Freshman-Writing Essay Prompt
  • Another great line for your CV, to help you compete in today’s hiring market

The Conference will be held in the University Center at Southeast Missouri State University, with an Open Mike on Friday night.

Keynote speaker:

beth lordan

Beth Lordan received her BA and MFA from Cornell University, and has been at SIUC since 1991. She teaches fiction workshops and forms courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and currently directs Irish and Irish Immigration Studies. She is the author of three books: August Heat, a novel (Harper & Row 1987); And Both Shall Row, stories (Picador, 1998); and But Come Ye Back, a novel in stories (William Morrow, 2004). Her literary heroes are Virginia Woolf, Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, James Agee, Alistair MacLeod, and William Trevor; she admires the work of contemporary fiction writers like J. M. Coetzee, Joanna Scott, Alice McDermott, David Long, Toni Morrison, and Alice Munro. Her short fiction has appeared in Farmers MarketGettysburg ReviewThe Atlantic MonthlyO.Henry Prize Stories, and Best American Short Stories, and has earned awards from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She’s currently working on more stories, and writing a book on form.

Paper proposals

Any student currently enrolled in a graduate writing program may propose a presentation. Proposal abstracts should be 300 words maximum and may cover any topic on creative, technical, new media, or composition writing, such as

  • Intersections of cross genre writing
  • Blurring boundaries in writing
  • Innovative pedagogies
  • MemWars: Defining fact and fiction
  • Creativity and composition
  • Friend Me with Your Best Shot: Social media strategies
  • It Takes a Village: Collaborative Writing and/or Collaborative Learning
  • Contemporary Literature
  • Gamification
  • Issues and Trends in Visual Rhetoric (documents, page layout, bookcovers, art/a/fact, edesign, etc.)

Proposals are submitted electronically. The deadline for proposals is December 10, 2015. Please indi­cate on the registration form if you will be participating in the open mike with 5-15 minutes of reading. Send to Dr. Missy Phegley, mphegley@semo.eduDecisions will be sent by January 15, 2016.


Registration for the con­ference is $60. Registration forms are due before February 15, 2016.

Download registration form .doc


Address: Mail proposals and registration to

Midwest Graduate Students Conference on Writing

Southeast Missouri State University

One University Plaza, MS 2650

Cape Girardeau, MO 63701


Contact: Dr. Missy Phegley, or Dr. Susan Swartwout,