Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Consuming Ideas and Producing Culture in Creative Prose

deadline for submissions: 
April 5, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Midwest Modern Language Association

The Midwest Modern Language Association will hold its annual conference in gorgeous Kansas City, Missouri, 15-18 November 2018. The conference's theme is "Consuming Cultures."

This year’s permenent MMLA session on creative prose considers how ideas, objects, experiences and cultures are consumed in the act of writing creatively. Specifically, how do creative writers use the ideas around them to produce their creative work? What type of research do they pursue and how do its results filter through the finished product? This session is interested in the ways in which creative writers use the material they find in order to make something new – a product that is in turn itself intended to be consumed.

The sessions will be run as roundtables: each panelist will have 20 minutes, which will include the opportunity to read a short segment of published work (10 minutes) and then talk about the writing and research process. This will allow time for group discussion.

Projects that have included travel, archival work, interviews, immersive experiences or other aspects of cultural consumption are especially welcome.

Please send a 500-word abstract on the project and a short (3-page) writing sample of published work by 5 April to Erika Behrisch Elce at