Writers' Conference

Apr 28-30, 2020  |  UW-Parkside

WriterCon 2020 (Writers' Conference at UW-Parkside) is where names on projects meet faces, where great ideas are presented and flourish. Join us to see great projects and participate in workshops and panels. Engage with other Literatures and Languages majors as well as alumni and professionals who are active in the field that interests you!


Details about WriterCon 2020 will be announced at a later date.

WriterCon 2019 invited current Parkside students and recent alumni to submit papers and projects that explored: 

  • Transitions and Translations Panel

  • From “Coming of Age” to “Adulting”: Becoming an Adult in Literature Since the Beginning of Time

  • Creative Project Panel

  • #MeToo: Where Are We Now?

One of the papers or projects presented at the conference was awarded Best Paper of the Conference and $100!


The deadlines to submit to WriterCon 2020, the Teresa Peck Award, and the Holocaust Studies Award will be announced at a later date. More information about and submission guidelines for these awards can be found on the submissions page.

  • Peng Shepherd

    About Peng Shepherd

    Keynote Speaker

    Peng was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where she rode horses and trained in classical ballet, and has lived in Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and New York. Her first novel, The Book of M, won the 2019 Neukom Institute for Literary Arts Award for Debut Speculative Fiction, and was chosen as a best book of the year by AmazonElleRefinery29, and The Verge, as well as a best book of the summer by the Today Show and NPR On Point.She is a graduate of New York University’s MFA in Creative Writing program and a winner of the Elizabeth George Foundation’s emerging writers grant.


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