FORMAL MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE
Members of the Alabama Writers’ Conclave may pay an additional fee of $35(Non-members, $40) to receive a formal, one-on-one critique of a manuscript
or set of poems by a conference faculty member or another published author.
1. Send a complete manuscript, of 1500 words maximum, of short fiction,
nonfiction article, or memoir. For poetry, send up to 50 lines max of
one or several poems. Novel, send up to 2000 words max of a
completed chapter or chapters, and a one page synopsis.
2. Manuscripts (Mss) must be typed and properly formatted (double
spaced, one-inch margins, 12 pt. New Courier font (for Fiction &
Novel); 12 pt. New Times Roman or Courier font for all others genre.
3. You must indicate the genre of you mss (novel, short fiction, memoir,
poetry, or nonfiction) on the registration form. The genre must also
be indicated on the Mss along with your name and contact information.
4. Mail Mss with completed Conference Registration Form and include
payment for critique as part of the total payment.
5. Postmarked Deadline for submission of Mss for formal critique is
June 19, 2015 because Mss needs to be sent to the reviewer to be
critiqued in time for the conference. The reviewer will make detailed notes
on the Mss and share them privately, in a one-on-one 12-minute meeting,
with you the author.
6. Only a limited number of Formal Manuscript Critique slots are
available and are selected on a first-come first-serve basis. Slot fill
quickly, so Register Early!
7. Mss submitted that are not critiqued will be returned to the author at
the conference with the critique fee refunded.
NOTE: Conference attendees interested in receiving an informal, peer
reviewed critique of their work may bring several copies of their Mss to the
conference and distribute them among other interested participants, who will
read your work. The interested participants will then meet informally at some
time on Saturday afternoon, in small groups, to exchange comments and
make suggestions on each other’s works. The Informal Peer Reviewed
critiques are free and provide an excellent opportunity to enhance
and strengthen a written piece. Sign-up sheets will be available at the
AWC registration desk.
"In creating, the only hard thing's to begin;
A grass-blade's no easier to make than an oak"
-- James Russell Lowell
Friday July 17
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Registration; University of South Alabama Fairhope Campu
6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Grace Gravlee Buffet Banquet - The Venue, Downtown Fairhope
Welcome: SUE WALKER, President
Introduction of Keynote Speaker: JEANIE THOMPSON
Keynote Address: SENA JETER NASLUND
Saturday July 18
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Bookstore Open
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. (FICTION)
KIM CROSS TURNER
"Back in Time: Writing Historical YA Fiction"
(Linda Busby Parker will introduce Kim.)
9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Catch Your Breath
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. (POETRY)
Distinguished Professor Connecticut State University
(Sue Walker will introduce Vivian Shipley)
Shipley Session 1: Poet as Imposter
Fiction is, well, fiction. Poets seek to find truth, personal or universal, in their poetry. But, does poetry need to be literally true? Can and/or should the poet be a good liar? The difficulty of writing poetry that appears to be confessional but never really happened or didn't happen quite that way can be very disturbing to other people-particularly family members. Explore techniques to counter this problem and still write poems that sound as if the poet has had experiences he/she may have not had. Come and find out whether Vivian Shipley really trekked the Inca Trail to get to Machu Picchu, hiked up Av. Du-Lachaise to visit Jim Morrison's grave, was a surfer chick, a dominatrix or hammer thrower. Participants are invited to bring in subjects for poems
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (MARKETING)
"Getting Social: Creating an Online Presence for Your Book."
Getting Social will teach you how to create an online marketing plan for yourself and your
book and offer tips, tricks, and resources on the world of websites, blogs, and social media.
(Sue Walker will introduce Megan Cary)
11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own
Bang-A-Lang's BBQ onsite
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (ALL GENRES - Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry)
"Home Sweet Home: Writing about Place"
(Linda Busby Parker will introduce Roy Hoffman)
This workshop is focused on a topic close to the center of all our hearts. Whether it's the
home we knew as a child, the one we aspire to as adults, a place whose atmosphere is one of
caring and sweetness -- or discord and yearning -- the core of who we are is bound up in that
place called home. We'll look at published writings and observations on home, from the
mystique of a house to the memory of a special place and its inhabitants, and participants
will do a short in-class writing exercise that evokes memories and sensations of a distinctive
home in their lives. This exercise might well serve as the basis for more writing on this topic
long after the workshop is over. For all genres.
2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. (POETRY)
Distinguished Professor Connecticut State University
Session 2: Poetry Based on Personal Experience.
Good poetry unites the heart and mind. This workshop will focus on how to write about subjects
that are based on topics that are deeply personal. Methods for controlling emotion in these poems
by developing a metaphor for the poem's experience will be explored. Another technique that will be
discussed in how to transfer strong emotion on personal topics that make the poet uncomfortable into
another subject's voice. For example, poets can infuse their emotion into speakers who are historic
figures in order to combine emotion with what otherwise might be only an intellectual or historical
statement. As examples, Vivian Shipley will share her poems about Paula Hitler, Edmonia Lewis and the
Radium Girls of Hartford. Participants are invited to bring in subjects for poems or completed poems
which will be discussed if there is time.
3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (FICTION)
KIM CROSS TURNER (YA)
4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. (FICTION)
DR. RICHARD MODLIN
"Manipulating Characters Within the Confines of History."
So you've created a fictional caveman who will spear a dinosaur, a character who will debate Caesar
in the Roman Forum, or perhaps one who will said the sea aboard the USS Constitution, explore the west
with Lewis and Clark, or fly on the Enola Gay. Whatever, the characters reside in the past and you as
a writer live in the 21st Century. What are the challenges you will face to make your character
believable in a time you have not experienced? This informal workshop in historical fiction will discuss
issues necessary for creating compelling characters who fit and function in some real time in the historic past.
(Marian Lewis will introduce Richard Modlin)
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Buffet
8:00 p.m. Awards Presentation
Sunday, July 19
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Registration
8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. PUBLISHING PANEL
LINDA BUSBY PARKER, (Excalibur Press); SUE WALKER, (Negative Capability Press);
Other panelists to be announced.
9:20 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Catch Your Breath
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (NONFICTION) MARIAN LEWIS
Discover ways to employ Nature as a platform to creativity, to sharpen observational skills, rekindle the
thrill of discovery, and engage the senses in writing about Nature. Attendees will have the opportunity
to practice observational skill, explore approaches to publishing nature-nonfiction, choosing a potential
publisher, writing the proposal, developing text, avoiding research pitfalls, and revising to the final
(Sue Walker will introduce Marian Lewis)
10:30 a.m. - 11: 30 a.m. (ALL GENRES)
"Romancing the Book: Why books matter and why writing matters"
Unleashing the stories trapped within. Author/curator Jim Reed takes you on a bumper car ride toward
re-kindling the joy to be found in reading and writing.
(Sue Walker will introduce Jim Reed)
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Annual AWC Member Business Meeting and DOOR PRIZES
WAIT DON'T GO HOME YET:
Stay for a picnic & book-signing by AWC authors. As writers, we need to celebrate AWC accomplishments!
(Bang-A-Lang's BBQ onsite)
MEGAN CARY is an award-winning print and interactive designer, new media strategist, Assistant Professor of Art
at the University of Mobile, and Art Director for Negative Capability Press. She has created and implemented
online marketing plans for many clients including IMAGEN Brands and its subsidiaries Crown Products, Vitronic
Promotional Group and Midwest College Marketing. She holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Savannah College of
Art and Design.
ROY HOFFMAN, novelist, essayist and journalist, is author of five books nurtured by his native Gulf Coast: the
nonfiction Back Home, and Alabama Afternoons; and the novels Come Landfall, about three women, the men they love
and wars that impact them, called by Sena Jeter Naslund a work of "passionate and permament connecting;" the civil
rights-era Almost Family, recipient of the Lillian Smith Award; and Chicken Dreaming Corn, inspired by Roy's Jewish
immigrant grandparents to the Deep South, and endorsed by Harper Lee. A former Mobile Press-Register staff writer
on area culture, personalities, and religion, Roy resides in Fairhope, AL and contributes often to the New York
Times and other national publications, He received the 2008 Clarence Cason Award in nonfiction from the University
of Alabama, and teaches creative nonfiction and fiction in Spalding's Low Residency MFA in Writing Program in
Louisville, KY. On the web: www.royhoffmanwriter.com
MARIAN MOORE LEWIS, naturalist, writer and photographer, and editor has received awards for fiction, nonfiction
and children's writing, and published over a hundred papers in scientific journals. A life-long nature advocate,
her wildlife photographs have been included in juried exhibitions and in the Sanctuary Artists: the Art of Nature
exhibits throughout north Alabama. Her book Southern Sanctuary: A Naturalist's Walk through the Seasons was
published recently by the University of Alabama Press.
DR. RICHARD MODLIN is the former president of the Alabama Writers' Conclave and, over the past ten years, has
held various offices on the executive board of this organization. His articles, stories and photography have
appeared in Sea Frontiers, Bird Watchers Journal, Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues, Birmingham Arts Journal,
Muscadine Lines, Old Huntsville, and others. He has authored two nonfiction travel adventures, Malachite Lion
and Chasing Wings, and two novels of historical fiction, Newfound Freedom and Patriot Apprentice (forthcoming
Spring 2015). Chasing Wings and Newfound Freedom were selected as finalists for the ForeWord Reviews' Book of
the Year Awards. Modlin is a Professor Emeritus in the Biological Sciences at the UAHuntsville.
DR. SENA JETER NASLUND is an American writer, born in Birmingham, Alabama. Her mother taught music and her father,
who died when she was 15, was a doctor; she has two older brothers.
In high school she played cello with the Alabama Pops Orchestra. She won a music scholarship to the University
of Alabama but turned it down in favor of studying writing at Birmingham-Southern College, while she was there
she attended the Breadloaf Writers' Conference - a two week series of lectures, workshops and classes (since 1926,
the conference has been held annually at the Breadloaf Inn, Middlebury, Vermont and claims to be the oldest writers'
conference in the USA).
After graduating from Birmingham-Southern, she was accepted at the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of
Iowa where she received her MA and PhD degrees in creative writing. In 1971 she was hired as a Visiting Professor
in the MFA program at the University of Montana. The following year, she accepted a teaching position at the
University of Louisville in Kentucky, where she directed the creative writing program and was awarded the
university's first Distinguished Teaching Professor honor.
She is currently Writer in Residence at the University of Louisville, program director of the Spalding University
brief-residency MFA in Writing, and Kentucky Poet Laureate. She is also the editor of The Louisville Review and
the Fleur-de-Lis Press (both founded by her in 1976). She is the author of the novels Sherlock in Love (1993),
The Animal Way to Love (1993), Ahab's Wife (1999), Four Spirits (2003), Abundance (2006), Adam and Eve (2010)
and The Fountain of St. James Court; or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman (2013); and two collections of
stories: Ice Skating at the North Pole (1989) and The Disobedience of Water (1997).
Ahab's Wife, and Four Spirits, were each named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her fiction has been
published in many journals including The Paris Review, The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, The Michigan Quarterly
Review (where she won the Lawrence Prize in fiction), The Indiana Review, and The Alaska Quarterly Review. She has
received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and the Kentucky Arts
Council, and has won the Harper Lee Award and the Southeastern Library Association Fiction Award.
She lives in Louisville, Kentucky, and has a daughter, Flora Naslund, who is a student in the Bachelor of
Fine Arts Program at the University of Louisville.
DR. LINDA BUSBY PARKER
Linda earned her B.A. from the University of South Alabama, her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan
in media studies, and her MFA in writing from Spalding University. She has taught on the faculties of Eastern
Michigan University, Iowa State University, the University of South Alabama, and she currently serves as an
Adjunct Professor in the Department of English at the University of South Alabama. She also mentors students in
a low-residency, non-degree writing program through Middle Tennessee State University-MTSU WRITE. She is the
author of Seven Laurels, a novel, winner of the Langum Prize for Historical Fiction and the James Jones First Novel
Award (under the title The Sum of Augusts). Her short works have appeared in Confluence and Big Muddy. Her book
reviews have been published in the San Diego Union Tribune, The Mobile Press Register, 2nd and Church, and online
for the Alabama Writers' Forum. Her pieces on the craft of fiction have appeared in Writer's Digest and The Writer.
She has served as a Fellow in Fiction at Bread Loaf and a Tennessee Williams Scholar in Fiction at the Sewanee
Writers' Conference. She has given readings from her works and presented workshops on various aspects of fiction
writing at conferences throughout the southeast. Linda has two novels completed-one of those, Oliver's Song, is
currently with her agent, Marly Rusoff. Linda is also publisher and editor of a small press, Excalibur Press,
which published Isabella's Libretto, a young adult novel by author Kim Cross Teter. Isabella's Libretto has
been honored with several literary awards or special recognitions. Linda chaired the 2014 and 2015 writing
competition for the Alabama Writers' Conclave.
JIM REED was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 1941, and has been writing since he was 3. He has written a dozen
books and hundreds of true (and actual) stories about life in the Deep South. When not writing, teaching or
speaking, Reed can be found in The Museum of Fond Memories at Reed Books, Birmingham, his 35-year-old shop
filled with old books, posters, toys and other things you wish your mother had not thrown away.
A graduate of the University of Alabama, Reed has worked on-air in radio and television, and in higher education
and public relations. In 1985, Reed retired his three-piece suit, grew a beard, and recreated his life as author,
storyteller, speaker, columnist, humorist, rare book dealer and museum curator. He is called upon frequently to
share his inspirational view of the world. He speaks on "How To Become Your Own Book" at universities and schools,
as well as civic and writing groups. His Small Town Red Clay Tales, Both Actual and True"and Christmas Comes But
Once A Day are performed in Alabama by the Seasoned Readers, a non-profit troupe of senior actors.
Reed is married, the father of three, and "Poppy" to seven grandchildren.
DR. VIVIAN SHIPLEY is Connecticut State University Distinguished Professor and Editor of Connecticut Review
(1996 to 2013 when publication was suspended due to funding.) at Southern Connecticut State University. Nominated
for the Pulitzer Prize five times, she has published eight books of poetry and six chapbooks. Raised in Kentucky,
with a Ph.D from Vanderbilt, Shipley was inducted into the University of Kentucky Hall of Distinguished Alumni in
April, 2010. In 2011, she was awarded the Sheila Motton Book Prize from NEPC, The Paterson Review Prize for Service
to the Literary Community from the Poetry Center at PCCC, and a CT Arts Grant for Poetry. In 2011-12, she gave
numerous poetry readings including ones at West Point(USMA), Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, U of Hartford,
Sacred Heart U, SUNY-Binghamton, West Chester U, Salem State U. She lives in North Haven, CT with her husband,
Ed Harris, and her dogs, Bear and Bailey. Her publications and prizes include:
All of Your Messages Have Been Erased (Southeastern Louisiana University Press, 2010), The Southern Poetry Anthology
(Texas Review Press, 2010), (Southeastern Louisiana University Press, 2005), Gleanings: Old Poems, New Poems
(Southeastern Louisiana University Press, 2003), When There Is No Shore (Word Press, 2002),Down of Hawk
(Sow's Ear Press, 2001), Echo & Anger, Still (Southeastern Louisiana University Press, 2000), Fair Haven
(Negative Capability Press, 2000), Crazy Quilt (Hanover Press, 1999)
Greatest Hits: 1974-2010 (Pudding House Publications, 2011)
An anthology of Chicago Poetry (University of Iowa Press, 2012), Sunken Garden Poetry: 1992-2011
(Wesleyan University Press, 2012), Contemporary American Poetry (Longman Press, 2003), The Extraordinary Tide
(Columbia University Press, 2001)
American Scholar, Prairie Schooner, Southern Review
Lucille Medwick Prize (PSA) Robert Frost Foundation Prize Ann Stanford Prize from U of S CA Marble Faun Prize
from Faulkner Soc Danile Varoujan Prize from NEPC Hart Crane Prize from Kent State U Paterson Prize for Lit
Achievement Prairie Schooner Reader's Choice Julia Peterkin Award CT Book Award New Millenium Poetry Award
See vivianshiply.com for complete list.
KIMBERLY CROSS TETER is the author of Isabella's Libretto (Excalibur Press, 2014), a YA novel that tells the
story of a young cellist-Isabella-who performed in Antonio Vivaldi's orphanage orchestra in Venice, Italy, 1715.
(Yes, the great Antonio Vivaldi-composer, conductor, performer-really did conduct the girls' orphanage orchestra!)
Isabella's Libretto brings to life a young woman who lived, dreamed, hoped, and experienced life in Venice
nearly three hundred years ago.
Kim is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and is also a proud
alumna of The Writer's Lovt (now WRITE MTSU) at Middle Tennessee State University, a creative writing
program that pairs writers with mentors. Through The Writer's Loft, Kim met Linda Busby Parker, whose Mobile-based
press, Excalibur Press, published ISABELLA'S LIBRETTO. Over the past year, Kim has appeared at numerous literary
festivals, school reading programs and workshops, and in a number of bookstores. She was selected to present at
this year's national convention of the Catholic Library Association in Orlando (which includes the Catholic School
Library Association). Kim and Isabella's Libretto have also received special recognition and awards, including a
Bronze Medal in The Illumination Awards YA / Juvenile category, and the Augusta Literary Festival named the book
a finalist for its Yerby Prize. The New England Book Festival named it an Honorable Mention. For more information
about Ki,. Please visit her website at www.kimteter.com.
DR. SUE BRANNAN WALKER is President of the Alabama Writers' Conclave. She is the Stokes Distinguished Professor
of Creative Writing, Director of the Stokes Center for Creative Writing, & Professor of English at the University
of South Alabama. She was Poet Laureate of Alabama from 2003 - 2012. Walker has nine published books of poetry
& more than fifty critical articles on Southern writers, such as Carson McCullers, Flannery O'Connor, & James Dickey.
A critical book on the Ecopoetics of James Dickey was published in 2013.
Dr. Walker has won the Alabama-Writer's Conclave Play-Writing competition for her one-woman, one-act play based on
the life of Mobile's Madame Octavia LeVert & was awarded an Elizabeth B. Gould Research Award from the Mobile Historic
Development Commission. Other awards include: the William Crawford Gorgas Award from the Alabama Medical Association
for significant work by a lay person in the medical field for Life on the Line: Selections on Words and Healing.
This book received the Book of the Century Award from the Alabama State Poetry Society. She received the Mobile
YWCA Woman of Achievement Award, the Mobile Arts Council Award for Lifetime Achievement and was the First Lady of
Mobile in 2006.
Sue was the recipient of an Alabama Council on the Arts Individual Writers Fellowship & an NEH Fellowship to study
the work of William Faulkner. She been honored by a Sue Walker Day in Foley, Alabama. She has served as President
of the Alabama State Poetry Society, as State President of the Alabama National League of American Pen Women,
President of the Mobile Chapter of the National League of American Pen Woman, & The Pensters. She is a member of
the Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society, the Golden Key National Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, & Sigma
Tau Delta Honor Society.
Other awards include a Hackney Literary Award for fiction, the Eugene Current Garcia Award for outstanding scholarship
by the Alabama Council of Teachers of English and an Electra Award.
Dr. Walker is a graduate of the University of Alabama where she received a B.S. degree and Tulane University where
she received M.Ed, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees.
Judges for the 2014 Alabama Writers Conclave Contest
Vivian Shipley (Connecticut)—Poetry
Published five chapbooks and nine books of poetry, most recently, All of Your Messages Have Been Erased
(Southeastern Louisiana University Press, 2010).
Two-time recipient of the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement.
Two books—Gleanings: Old Poems, New Poems and When There Is No Shore—were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
Recipient of the Library of Congress’s Connecticut Lifetime Achievement Award.
Connecticut State University Distinguished Professor.
Katy Yocom (Kentucky)—Flash Fiction
Has published fiction, poetry, and essays in The Louisville Review, New Southerner, Open 24 Hours, LEO Weekly, and other publications.
Received a Pushcart Prize nomination for her short story “Sea of Tranquility.”
Is a regular contributor to Food & Dining Magazine.
Has received writers’ residencies from ISLAND HILL House (Michigan). Hopscotch House (Kentucky), and the Mary Anderson Center (Indiana).
Awarded grants for fiction writing from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and the Kentucky Arts Council.
Charlotte Rains Dixon (Oregon)—Novel (First Chapters)
Author of the novel, Emma Jean's Bad Behavior (Vagabondage Press, 2013).
Mentor at the Writer's Loft, Middle Tennessee State University and international retreat leader at Let's Go Write (London 2013; Paris 2014).
Blogger on the writing life at charlotterainsdixon.com.
Published fiction and non-fiction for a variety of regional and national media, including a book on coastal Oregon and one on
effective fund-raising letters for non-profits.
Ghostwriter for nationally-known authors.
Roy Burkhead (Tennessee)—Short Story
A U.S. Navy veteran, Roy has been a full-time writer since 1992 in fields spanning print journalism, higher education,
marketing, technical writing, web development, magazine publishing, editing, and writing both fiction and creative nonfiction.
He earned an MFA in creative writing (emphasis on fiction writing) from Spalding University in 2004, and serves as an adjunct
English professor at Western Kentucky University.
He is founder of The Writer’s Loft at Middle Tennessee State University, and is founder of 2nd & Church, a magazine for
creative writers and avid readers.
His fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in anthologies and on-line literary journals.
Roy was nominated for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) George Garrett Award for Outstanding Service in
Literature for the creation of The Writer’s Loft.
Kaylene Johnson (Alaska)—Nonfiction
A best–selling author and long-time Alaskan who lives in Eagle River.
Kaylene has written five books, including a memoir A Tender Distance: Adventures Raising Sons in Alaska. Her most recent book
Canyons and Ice: The Wilderness Travels of Dick Griffith was chosen as a 2012 Best Book of the Year from the Guide to Outdoor Literature.
Her award-winning articles have appeared in Alaska magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Spirit magazine, and other publications.
She earned both a BA (Vermont College) and MFA in creative writing.(Spalding University).
Albert (Watt) Key, Jr.(Alabama)—Juvenile Fiction
Published three novels, most recently, Fourmile (Farrar, Straus, Giroux 2012)
Winner of the E.B. White Read Aloud Award
Two screenplays made into feature films
Winner of the California Young Readers Medal
Winner of the Southern Independent Booksellers Association (SIBA) award for Young Adult Fiction
Two-time winner of the Alabama Library Association Young Adult Fiction Award
His fiction and non-fiction articles have appeared in numerous national and regional magazines.
Two convenient ways to reserve your guest rooms for this year's event.
1) Contact the hotel directly at 251-928-0956 and ask for the Alabama Writers Conclave 2015 special group rate.
FIRST CHAPTER-NOVEL and NONFICTION Roy Hoffman, novelist, essayist and journalist, is author of five books nurtured by his native
Gulf Coast: the nonfiction Back Home, and Alabama Afternoons; and the novels Come Landfall, about three women, the men they love and wars that impact them,
called by Sena Jeter Naslund a work of "passionate and permanent connecting;" the civil rights-era Almost Family, recipient of the Lillian Smith Award; and
Chicken Dreaming Corn, inspired by Roy's Jewish immigrant grandparents to the Deep South, and endorsed by Harper Lee. A former Mobile Press-Register staff
writer on area culture, personalities, and religion, Roy resides in Fairhope, AL and contributes often to the New York Times and other national publications,
He received the 2008 Clarence Cason Award in nonfiction from the University of Alabama, and teaches creative nonfiction and fiction in Spalding's Low Residency
MFA in Writing Program in Louisville, KY. On the web: www.royhoffmanwriter.com
SHORT STORY Amber Hart is the author of several short stories including, Teddy's Dead, Our Recovery, Happy Birthday, Jasmine! and Thirteen Years. Her stories have appeared or been accepted for publication in Neon Literary Magazine, Storgy, Cheat River Review, and Gravel. Amber holds a B.S. from Western Michigan University. She is a recent graduate of The Writer's Loft, a creative writing program through Middle Tennessee State University, (now WRITE-MTSU) and she is a member of Tennessee Mountain Writers group. Amber lives on a small farm in rural Tennessee with her husband, children and a slew of guinea fowl.
POETRY Vivian Shipley has published five chapbooks and nine books of poetry, most recently, All of Your Messages Have Been Erased (Southeastern Louisiana University Press, 2010). Her collection Perennial will be published by Negative Capability Press in the summer of 2015. She is the two-time recipient of the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. Two of her books-Gleanings: Old Poems, New Poems and When There Is No Shore-were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She is the recipient of the Library of Congress's Connecticut Lifetime Achievement Award, and is a Connecticut State University Distinguished Professor.
JUVENILE FICTION Kimberly Cross Teter is the author of Isabella's Libretto (Excalibur Press 2014), a YA novel that tells the story of a young cellist-Isabella-who performs in Antonio Vivaldi's orphanage orchestra in Venice, Italy, 1715. Kim is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and is also a proud alumna of The Writer's Loft (now WRITE MTSU) at Middle Tennessee State University. Over the past year, Kim has appeared at numerous literary festivals, school reading programs and workshops, and in a number of bookstores. She was selected to present at this year's national convention of the Catholic Library Association in Orlando (which includes the Catholic School Library Association). Kim and Isabella's Libretto have received several honors since the book's debut, including a Bronze Medal from The Illumination Awards in the YA/Juvenile category. The Augusta Literary Festival named the book a finalist for its Yerby Prize, and the New England Book Festival named it an Honorable Mention. On the web at: www.kimteter.com.
FLASH FICTION Katy Yocom has published fiction, poetry, and essays in The Louisville Review, New Southerner, Open 24 Hours, LEO Weekly, and other publications. She received a Pushcart Prize nomination for her short story "Sea of Tranquility." Katy is a regular contributor to Food & Dining Magazine. She has received writers' residencies from ISLAND HILL House (Michigan). Hopscotch House (Kentucky), and the Mary Anderson Center (Indiana). She has received grants for fiction writing from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and the Kentucky Arts Council. Katy is on the staff of the Spalding University Low Residency in Writing Program and annually leads a group of writers on international destinations, including France, Italy, Greece, and countries in South America.
Terri L. French is the Southeast Coordinator of The Haiku Society
of America (HSA) and editor for an online international senryu
and kyoka journal called Prune Juice. In 2011, she received the
Touchstone Award for Individual Poem from the Haiku Foundation.
In 2012, she placed third and received an honorable mention in
the HSA’s Gerald Brady Memorial Award senryu contest and third
place in the HSA’s haibun contest. Terri received commendation in
the innovative haiku category in the 2013 HaikuNow! Awards. She
resides with her husband, Ray in Huntsville, Alabama.
Jim Murphy teaches creative writing at the University of Montevallo, where he also directs
the Montevallo Literary Festival. His chapbook, The Memphis Sun (Kent State UP), won the
Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Award. He is also the author of two full-length poetry
collections, Heaven Overland (Kennesaw State UP) and The Uniform House (Negative Capability
Press). His poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from Brooklyn Review, Cimarron
Review, Gulf Coast, Painted Bride Quarterly, Mississippi Review, Puerto del Sol, Southern Poetry Review,
The Southern Review, TriQuarterly and other journals. He has also translated a chapbook of
poems from Spanish, Amazonia, by Colombian American poet Juan Carlos Galeano.
Historical fiction isn't just a modern novel about people long dead.
Non-fiction isn't just a dry rendition of facts.
What are the tools a writer can use to bring to life characters who really
existed or characters who exist between the real and the imaginary?
How are the research processes the same? How are they different?
T.K. Thorne retired as a captain of the Birmingham Police Department and currently serves as executive director of a business improvement district. Both careers provided fodder for her writing, which has been published in various venues and garnered awards, including "Book of the Year for Historical Fiction" (ForeWord Reviews) for her debut novel Noah’s Wife. The New York Post featured her non-fiction book, Last Chance for Justice: How Relentless Investigators Uncovered New Evidence Convicting the Birmingham Church Bombers on their "Books You Should Be Reading" list. A short film from her screenplay Six Blocks Wide was a semi-finalist at the international “A Film for Peace Festival” in Italy. Thorne has served as faculty at several writers’ conferences. Her next historical novel, Angels at the Gate: the Story of Lot’s Wife, is scheduled to be released summer, 2014. She writes on a mountaintop, often with two dogs and a cat or two in her lap.
The Hampton Inn Fairhope-Mobile Bay in Fairhope has offered a special rate for attendees of the conference.
Contact the hotel directly at 251-928-0956 and ask for the Alabama Writers Conclave 2015 special group rate, or visit them online and utilize the group code (AWC).
1st Glenda Slater
“The Prickle Bomb Tree”
Spanish Fort, Alabama
2nd Barbara Gold
“Weed Whackers, Open for Business”
3rd Kate Celauro
“Uncle Bede and the Biscuit Angel”
First Novel Chapter
1st Peggy Wilkins A Song for MamaLoo
2nd Jackie Romine Walburn Trouble Blues
3rd Frances D. Roberts A Place Called Grace
Grand Bay, Alabama
4th Linda S. Safford The Year Ava Lee’s Daddy Went Away
1st Linda F. Willing
“The Memory Book”
Grand Lake, Colorado
2nd Elizabeth Bloom Albert
Highland Park, Illinois