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The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference

July 12th, 2012 Posted in Alumni News

Each summer, the Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism produces the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, a nationally acclaimed annual event where journalists, writers, readers, students, and educators meet to discuss their accomplishments, aspirations and angst.

While registration for the conference has closed, you can still purchase tickets to see our Sunday Keynote speaker, Pulitzer Prize winner, Isabel Wilkerson. She is the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for individual reporting and is the author of the New York Times best-seller, The Warmth of Other Suns.

For The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel interviewed more than 1,200 people over 15 years to tell the saga of the Great Migration, the exodus of 6 million blacks from the south.

Isabel Wilkerson never met her grandfather, but she keeps his typewriter on the shelf next to her Pulitzer Prize. Although he had a college degree, and dreamed of being a writer, her grandfather was not permitted to walk through the door of a local newspaper. He bought the typewriter for his children, hoping that they would do something with it. Isabel did something. She became a reporter and realized her grandfather’s dreams. Then she wrote The Warmth of Other Suns and realized that she is a child of the Great Migration.

We are pleased to open up the talk by Isabel to the public, recognizing that it is a rare opportunity to hear this remarkable writer. To purchase tickets for this prestigious event, visit Tickets are only $30.

The conference attracts speakers such as Ira Glass, Ted Conover and Gene Weingarten, and features $15,000 in cash awards for personal essays and reported narratives. To sign up for our mailing list, please visit and click on “Sign up for email updates.”

We hope to see you there!

Cover Credit: Joe Henson

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