Membership runs to the calendar year, so renewals are always due for January. But it’s never too late! We welcome renewals and new members throughout the year, so whenever date you join, your membership is good through to December 31st.
Membership is now OPEN for 2023 for renewals and new memberships. Any new memberships from this point in the year will be good through to the end of 2023.
Members receive a bi-monthly LIWLRA email newsletter, a discount code to use for early bird pricing for LauraPalooza conferences in conference years, and free access to our Virtual Literary webinars.
2023 membership is $30 for the year, but we’re offering an early bird discount to anyone who joins or completes renewal before 31st December, to get 2023 membership for the 2022 price of $25.
From August 2022, we’re thrilled to announce a new membership benefit: we launched our “Virtual Literaries” – a webinar program exclusive to members featuring presentations from past LauraPalooza conferences, and some brand new content. These online presentations take place roughly once a month (we’re planning a summer hiatus for July/August 2023), and last around 60 – 75 minutes, featuring a speaker and some time for audience questions. The Virtual Literaries are free to LIWLRA members, and we have some great content lined up!
Past Virtual Literaries:
August: Our first Virtual Literary in August 2022 featured Laura F Keyes, giving a brand new presentation on “Fashioning the Wilder Family” a presentation and demonstration of the clothing mentioned in Farmer Boy.
September: Our September Virtual Literary featured meteorologist Dr Barb Mayes Boustead presenting on “The Long Winter, Revisited,” from the 2022 conference, followed by a Q&A on any and all aspects of weather from the Little House books.
October: On Sunday 30th October, just in time for Halloween, author Sallie Ketcham revisited her enchanting presentation from the 2015 conference on ‘Fairy Tales, Folklore and the Little House in the Deep, Dark Woods’ showing how Laura Ingalls Wilder drew on traditional elements of fairy tale in the crafting of her stories.
November: On Sunday 13th November, historian Patty Dowd Schmitz gave us a real treat, sharing her research ‘Before Laura was born: Finding the childhood homes of Charles Ingalls in New York & Illinois’, which drew on her presentations at the 2015 and 2019 conferences.
Future Virtual Literaries:
2023 Virtual Literaries
A LIWLRA membership makes a great gift for someone that might be hard to buy for, or says that they don’t need anything. If they love Laura, consider gifting them a membership to the LIWLRA. Get in touch with us if you would like us to provide an e-card to accompany your gift.
If you have ideas, questions or would like to help in membership recruitment and engagement, please contact Kimberley Endicott, Laura Keyes and Eddie Higgins, LIWLRA Membership Committee.