These events happen annually throughout the year in Alabama. Festivals, symposiums, and conferences offer the opportunity to meet authors, participate in workshops, and learn valuable information about the literary arts. Also see Conferences.
October 12-13, 2012
Slash Pine Press announces the 2012 Slash Pine Writers Festival, to be held on Friday and Saturday, October 12th and 13th, 2012, at The University of Alabama’s Gorgas House lawn and Gorgas Library, Green Bar, and Mellow Mushroom.
Readers will include nationally renowned poets, including Mark Yakich, Laura Glenum, and Lynne Knight, faculty and undergraduate writers from UA, UAB, Stillman, and Montevallo, including Ashely McWaters, Lauren Slaughter, Norman Golar, and Bryn Chancellor, and our three Slash Pine chapbook winners from 2011/12: Cindy St. John, William Burke, and Ethan Saul Bell.
Slash Pine Press, housed on UA campus since 2009, builds community through its undergraduate initiatives and limited edition chapbook publishing house. See Web site for more information.
October 12-13, 2012
It’s been said that there are only two kinds of stories after all—the journey and the homecoming. One implies a roving spirit. The other? A soul that longs for a familiar landscape. Either way, the writer is a wanderer on the page and in the imagination. The Winding Road: Travel, Identity and the Search for Voice invites writers and readers who hear the beckoning call of discovery and of new cultures, as well as those who believe that perhaps the greatest voyage is an exploration of the places we call home, to join us this October 12 and 13, 2012, in Auburn, Alabama, for a writers conference like no other. Let your writing journey of a thousand miles begin with us. See Web site for more information.
TBA Fall 2012
Limestone Dust is a thriving gathering of poets from all over the state and beyond. Its purpose is to celebrate the art of poetry. Poets come together to showcase their art, to hear other poets, and to hone their craft. See Web site for more information
TBA Winter 2013
Sponsored by the Hoover Public Library, Southern Voices seeks to increase Hoover's cultural importance by providing book lovers with an opportunity to meet and mingle with the authors they love. See Web site for more information.
April 12, 2013
Please mark your calendars for the 11th annual Montevallo Literary Festival, a celebration of creative writing hosted by the University of Montevallo. The 2013 festival will be held Friday, April 12, on the UM campus. This friendly, relaxed festival is dedicated to bringing literary writers and readers together on a personal scale. The festival features readings by all invited writers, book signings, receptions, and master classes in poetry and prose, capped by a dinner with live music. The esteemed writers are Robin Behn (UA); Jennifer S. Davis (LSU); Chantel Acevedo (AU); James Braziel (UAB); Peter Streckfus (UA); and Adam Vines (UAB). See Web site for more information.
April 20, 2013
The eighth annual Alabama Book Festival will be held in historic downtown Montgomery at Old Alabama Town on April 21, 2013, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The free public event is the state's premier book festival-with more than 4,000 people from around the state converging in the capital to meet with and hear from their favorite authors and scholars. See Web site for more information.
April 25-27, 2013
The Alabama Center for Literary Arts presents the 2013 Alabama Writers Symposium at Alabama Southern Community College in Monroeville, AL. Readers, writers, scholars, and the recipient of the 2012 Harper Lee Award for Alabama's Distinguished Writer of the Year and the Eugene Current-Garcia Award for Alabama's Distinguished Scholar of the Year. See Web site for more information.
TBA Spring 2013
Held in alternate years, the event is hosted by the Jacksonville State University Department of English. See Web site for more information.
July 12-14, 2013
University of South Alabama-Fairhope Campus
The Alabama Writers' Conclave was organized in 1923 and has been in continuing existence since. Through the years, the Conclave has moved its conferences around the state to provide writers everywhere better access to its resources. The Conclave is responsible for nominating, for the governor’s appointment, Alabama's Poet Laureate, a post currently filled by Sue Brannan Walker. Conclave members mostly hail from Alabama, although many states are represented. Members include fiction and non-fiction writers, novelists and short story writers, poets, writers of business and scientific works, freelance journalists, romance writers, publishers, patrons, and teachers. See Web site for more information.