About MLA 2020

The 2020 MLA Annual Convention takes place in Seattle, 9–12 January, at the Washington State Convention Center and the Sheraton Grand Seattle. Sessions will begin at 12:00 noon on 9 January, with workshops at 8:30 and 11:45 a.m. The last sessions will end at 3:00 p.m. on 12 January. 


The MLA convention is more than just sessions. Make the most of your experience by connecting with your colleagues in the members’ lounge, at social events, and through the MLA 2020 app. Visit the exhibit hall for the latest offerings and a free headshot, practice your networking skills and polish your résumé at one of the Career Centerʼs workshops, sign up for a cultural excursion, and find some time to explore Seattle!


Need to know where to pick up your badge, how to bring a friend to the exhibit hall, or where to find a quiet space away from all the activity? You’ll find MLA policies, on-site resources, and lots of information about navigating the convention in our Information for Attendees.

The Information for Attendees is also your gateway to preview the convention’s many event highlights, the MLA Career Center, and the professional development sessions and events.


Download the MLA 2020 app and set it to receive alerts so you can keep up with the latest news. During the convention be sure to pick up the Convention Guide for helpful information that includes floor plans of the hotel meeting rooms and the exhibit hall.