Norman Mailer Society/Conference/2018 Macon, GA

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Aerial view of downtown Macon, GA.

The 16th Annual Norman Mailer Conference will be held in Macon, Georgia, from Thursday, October 25th-Saturday, October 27th, 2018. Thursday and Friday will be full days of panels and events; panels will continue on Saturday morning and the conference will conclude, as usual, with our Saturday luncheon and keynote address.

Our keynote speaker this year will be Janis Owens, an award-winning novelist, memoirist, folklorist, and storyteller with roots in the American South.

Below, you will also find important information regarding hotel accommodations, transportation to Macon, conference registration, and membership dues. This post and all essential forms are also attached as PDFs for easy downloading and printing.

If you have any questions about the details below, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Program

Download or view the program (PDF).

Hotel Accommodations

Our conference location this year is the Macon City Center Marriott Hotel, located at 240 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA, 31217. We have secured a room rate of $119 + tax per night for conference attendees. You can reserve your room one of two ways:

  1. At the following link: Book your group rate for NORMAN MAILER SOCIETY.
  2. By calling 1-888-236-2427, making sure to state that you are with the Norman Mailer Society.

Transportation

If you are booking a flight to Georgia, it is recommended that you fly into Atlanta (ATL). Macon does have a small airport (MCN), though it has limited service.

From Atlanta, you may either rent a car to travel to Macon (a distance of about 80 miles), or you can take the convenient Groome shuttle straight from the airport to Macon. The shuttle takes approximately 90 minutes, and costs $41 for a one-way ticket, or $82 for round trip. Please note that tickets for the shuttle need to be booked in advance. From the shuttle drop off point, it is a quick Uber/Lyft/taxi ride to the Marriott.

Registration

All conference attendees are required to pay a registration fee. Registration fees for the 2018 conference are as follows:

  • 2018 Individual Registration Fee: $150
  • 2018 Student Registration Fee: $75
  • 2018 Guest Fee: $50

Each presenter, moderator, or individual attendee may bring one guest who must pay the Guest Registration Fee of $50. The guest does not have to be a member of the Norman Mailer Society.

If someone who is not a presenter or moderator and attends the conference, that person must be a member, must pay the respective registration fee, and may still one bring one guest.

Registration fees can be paid via PayPal, or can be sent to our Treasurer Jason Mosser at 3825 Lavista Road, F3, Tucker, GA 30084.

Membership Dues

We ask that all conference attendees and participants, with the exception of guests, be members of the Norman Mailer Society. Membership dues remain low, and are as follows:

  • Student ($10)
  • Individual ($30)
  • Couple ($35)
  • LIFE Individual ($300)

If you have not already renewed your membership, dues can be paid via PayPal. Alternatively, you can send fill out the 2018 membership dues form, and send it along with your payment to our Treasurer Jason Mosser at 3825 Lavista Road, F3, Tucker, GA 30084.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Maggie McKinley (mmckinle [at] harpercollege.edu); Jerry Lucas (gerald.lucas [at] mga.edu); or Jason Mosser (jmosser [at] ggc.edu).

We look forward to seeing everyone at this year’s conference!

Call for Papers

The Hay House, Macon, GA.

We are pleased to announce that the 2018 Norman Mailer Society Conference will be held in Macon, Georgia in cooperation with Middle Georgia State University. Jerry Lucas (gerald.lucas [at] mga [dot] edu), Jason Mosser (jmosser [at] ggc [dot] edu), and Maggie McKinley (mmckinle [at] harpercollege [dot] edu) are the program co-chairs this year, and welcome your proposals for papers and panels on any aspect of Mailer’s life and work.

To submit a proposal for a panel, individual paper, or special event, please e-mail the following to the co-chairs:

  • a 50-word biographical statement;
  • a 150-200 word abstract of the proposed presentation; and
  • an indication of any media requirements.

Proposals are due by June 1, 2018.

To accommodate all presenters, paper presentations should be no longer than ten minutes. Full papers can be submitted for possible publication in The Mailer Review. Two or three papers will be presented in one-hour time slots, with the remaining time going to participant discussion and audience questions. Panels will run for one hour, as will most screenings and events. $100 travel grants are available for students whose proposals are approved.

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