Society for the Study of the Short Story in English
The Society for the Study of the Short Story in English was chartered in 1992, following a first gathering of people interested in the writing and study of short stories, which took place at the Sorbonne in 1988. Later conferences were held in North America and Europe. Current board members are Clark Blaise, Maurice A. Lee, Allan Weiss, Claire Larrière, Alice Clark, Katie Singer, Rebekah Clarkson, Ann Luttrell, and Teresa Alves. On the day before each conference, there is a Board Meeting of the Society, followed by a report to the conference participants, and a memorandum of operation to be handed out on the future plans for the society. Rules for membership, dues, goals and objectives are discussed and voted on.
Membership fees are $50 US, covering two years. The SSSS will not collect fees during this conference, because there are plans in place for a restricting of the society, based on needs for more access, visibility, accountability, and transparency that the Board is now considering. There is also need for more membership and diversity. The Board will begin discussion of these matters prior to the conference and will issue a formal report to the conference in Italy.