Don’t miss the Mississippi Writer’s Guild Conference held at the Riverwalk Casino in historic Vicksburg, MS on August 6 & 7. Pay by June 30 to get the early bird discount! You can register and pay online or by postal mail. Formal Critiques are available. The convention will begin Friday night, August 6 with Literary Artists Onstage, in which writers are welcome to read their short stories or poetry at this time. The convention continues on Saturday, Aug. 7, with the Opening Keynote Speaker and four workshops of your choice and ends with the Keynote Speaker and Panel Discussion. Authors may sell their books at the workshop, which is set up through the Lorelei Books Store. There will also be a silent auction to benefit our nonprofit writers guild. Please see the MWG website for all details. Here are the outstanding Presenters at our writer’s conference this year:
The Keynote Speaker is Regina Brooks, founder and president of Serendipity Literary Agency LLC, based in Brooklyn, New York. She is on the faculty of the Harvard University publishing program, and is the author of the children’s book, Never Finished! Her workshops are “WRITING THE UNDENIABLE BOOK PROPOSAL,” and “WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LITERARY AGENTS.”
The Closing Keynote Speaker is Katie McHugh, executive editor at Da Capo Lifelong Books, part of Perseus Books Group, the largest independent trade publisher and distributor. Ms. McHugh is the author of many nonfiction titles dealing with diet, health, cooking, parenting, relationships, self-help, lifestyle, and inspiration. Her workshops will deal with small press and women in publishing.
Lauretta Hannon has been called “the funniest woman in Georgia” by Southern Living. She is the author of The Cracker Queen—A Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life, Gotham 2009, (a Southern Indie Bestseller three weeks afterits release), has been a commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and on Georgia Public Radio’s Georgia Gazette. She has been nationally-acclaimed as the most award-winning communications expert in higher education. Her workshops are “DON’T WAIT FOR ‘EM TO DIE,” and “MARKETING MOJO.”
Hester Bass is the author of the biographical The Secret World of Walter Anderson, winner of the 2010 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, and multiple other awards. Her workshops are “I THINK I CAN: WRITING FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS,” and “AGENTS AND EDITORS: YOUR PARTNERS IN PUBLISHING FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS.”
Dr. Alan Brown, professor of English at the University of West Alabama, began collecting oral ghost stories in 1993 from people he met while lecturing for the Alabama Humanities Foundation. These stories were published in The Face in the Window and Other Alabama Ghostlore (1996). His workshops are titled, “HOW I GOT PUBLISHED: NAVIGATING THE WORLD OF SMALL AND UNIVERSITY PRESSES” and “PRESERVING FAMILY HISTORY.”