Feel the need to brush up on your craft? Local, national, & international conferences will help you hone your literary skills. Conference organizers may list their events at Submit Your Announcement. Also see Annual Alabama Events.
September 15-21; $2095 ($100 discount if you mention AWF)
Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center
7300 Hacks Cross Road
Olive Branch, MS 38654
The Writing the Breakout Novel Intensive Seminar, with daily classes taught by Literary Agent Donald Maass, author of the Writing the Breakout Novel book and workbook, will take place in Olive Branch, MS, just outside of Memphis. Registration is strictly limited to 35 students, but we still have some spaces remaining, and I'd be so grateful if you would take note and/or pass this notice along to your writer friends. Complete guidelines
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.
April 23-25, 2015
Every spring Alabama’s literary community gathers in Monroeville, Alabama to celebrate the state’s rich literary heritage at the Alabama Writers Symposium. Some of Alabama’s most celebrated writers and scholars lead discussion sessions, readings, and workshops on themes ranging from Literary Gumbo to Murder, Mystery and Mayhem and everything in between. Since the inaugural event in 1997, writers and scholars participating in the event have included Fannie Flagg, Rick Bragg, Kathryn Tucker Windham, Mark Childress, Cynthia Tucker, Carolyn Haines, Winston Groom, Sena Jeter Naslund, Brad Watson, Wayne Flynt, Trudier Harris, Mike Stewart, Daniel Wallace, Jeanie Thompson, Kirk Curnutt, Don Noble, Mary Ward Brown, Warren St. John, Sue Brannan Walker, Wayne Greenhaw, George Plimpton, Sonia Sanchez, Tom Franklin, Sonny Brewer, Gin Phillips, Michelle Richmond, John Hafner, Watt Key and Ace Atkins, and dozens more. See website for more information.