Upcoming Conferences

The 30th Annual MKR Conference

The Daytona Beach Resort & Conference Center

Daytona Beach, FL March 31 - April 1, 2017

The Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society invites you to attend the 30th Annual Rawlings Conference, which will take place at the Daytona Beach Resort and Conference Center.


Daytona Beach Resort and Conference Center. 2700 N Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118-3005.


Friday afternoon, March 31: Box lunch and tour of the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art, 352 S. Nova Road - Daytona Beach, Florida 32114


Saturday Luncheon, April 1: Elizabeth Friedmann will talk about her research on author Stephen Crane’s shipwreck off the Daytona coast and his short story “The Open Boat.”


We are still seeking speakers for the conference.  If you’d like to present a 20-minute talk on any aspect of Rawlings’s life or works, her circle of friends, Cross Creek or her other landscapes, the Cross Creek trial, her political/social/economic/gender/literary views; please send a title and a brief 1-2 page abstract of your talk to Dr. Leslie Poole at  Deadline is February 1, 2017.  Please respond asap, because our sessions are limited.


Elaine Bradbury and Claire Koshar are preparing to hold the third annual silent auction fundraiser at the conference.  Some truly amazing items have been donated so far, including first editions of Rawlings’s works.  If you have any special items that you would like to donate to the Society, please contact Elaine Bradbury at

For more information about the conference, please contact Leslie Poole at

Download the Registration Form HERE.