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.

  • March 31-April 1, 2016

    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.

  • Convivio, a conference of authors, academics, and artists in Postignano, Italy, will convene again June 19-29, 2016. The conference includes hands-on workshops, lectures, cultural tours, and more in the fabulous Nera Valley of Umbria, Italy. Convivio Participant Fees—One person, single apartment: $3250; Two people, single apartment: $2950 each. Prices include round-trip chartered bus from the Rome airport to Postignano, all field trips, all accommodations, all meals (three per day), and all lectures, workshops, and presentations. Participants are responsible for their own airfares.

    Barry Marks, Immediate Past President of the Alabama State poetry Society, writes, “I will attend again this year because the instruction and workshops are terrific, the program for spouses and others keeps everyone busy, and the cost for staying in a renovated castle and eating the best food ever is absurdly low. Folks, this is too good to miss!”

    Spaces are limited, so register today.


    Dr. Chad Davidson