Past Association for Mormon Letters Events
The Association for Mormon Letters sponsors several annual events, such as
the Writers Conference and Annual Meeting. We occasionally offer special events
and lecture series.
While there have been no published annual proceedings since 2004, AML has been able to obtain mp3 files of some of the events since then, and is pleased to make them available for download as podcasts.
2011 Annual Meeting
25 & 26 March 2011
The Association for Mormon Letters' 2011 Annual Meeting was
held on Friday and Saturday, March 25th and 26th on the campus of Utah Valley University. The
theme of for the meeting was "Liberating Form."
In a seminal article published in the 1970s,
Marden J. Clark pointed out a central paradox of
creative production: that “the creative person is
at once the most free and most bound of people.”
As Clark wrote, “Freedom can find meaningful
release, meaningful expression only in significant
form.” This paradox of creativity, argued Clark, is
also at play in creating a meaningful life: without
plans, rules, and structure, our lives become
chaotic and painful. “A glider soars, a jet plane
flies, not just because the wind blows or because a
motor develops a half million pounds of thrust, but
because of the form of the wing it flies on.” This
interplay of freedom and form is the focusing lens
through which we not only create good literature
but saintly lives.
In an effort to foster greater discussion and
synergy, AML met jointly
with Mormon Scholars in the Humanities. While both
organizations hosted and created their own
sessions, they shared some plenary speakers
and hosted joint events.
to list of available recorded events