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 17-18, 2014
The Auburn Writers Conference presents its 5th annual gathering of writers and readers, October 17th and 18th in Auburn, Alabama. Titled The Inspired South, the Festival is talking about more than a geographic location. Whether local, global, or diasporic, the writers living in the South, and those whose roots are in the South, find in this place a particular richness that keeps the neurons firing and the ink running. The authors that have called the South home are known to us formally—Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, Natasha Tretheway—and informally, too, as if we might call them kin—“Buddy” Nordan, “Nelle” Lee. It’s a place that carries the troubled weight of history along. It’s a place that bears witness. It’s a place that knows the value of sweet tea in a cold, sweating glass. It’s Muscle Shoals and Little Five Points, Nashville and Savannah, Baton Rouge and Tuscaloosa. It’s gleaming new buildings and bumpy clay roads. It’s poets and memoirists, graphic novelists and short story writers, bringing all of these things together in new and important ways. It’s The Inspired South, and it’s happening in Auburn, Alabama this fall. You don’t want to miss it. See website for more information. See Web site for more information.
April 23-25, 2015
The Alabama Center for Literary Arts presents the 18th annual Alabama Writers Symposium at Alabama Southern Community College in Monroeville. Readers, writers, scholars, and the recipient of the 2015 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.
April 11, 2014
Mark your calendars for the 12th annual Montevallo Literary Festival, a celebration of creative writing hosted by the University of Montevallo. The 2014 festival will be held Friday, April 11, 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.
This year’s MLF will feature writers Tim Parrish, Caki Wilkinson, Gregory Fraser, and Wendy Reed. See Web site for more information.
April 19, 2014
The 9th annual Alabama Book Festival will be held in historic downtown Montgomery at Old Alabama Town on April 19, 2014, 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.
July 11-13, 2014
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 Andrew Glaze. 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.
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.
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.
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.