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:
For short fiction, nonfiction article, or memoir- 1500 words max.
For poetry, send up to 10 pages max of one or more poems.
For 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 your 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. Email MM(s) to email@example.com or, if you don’t use email, mail
c/o Hank Henley
7296 Bayberry Road
Helena AL 35022
Use the online Conference Registration Form and online payment
option or you may mail the completed Conference Registration Form
and include payment for critique as part of the total payment to the
same address as above (Remit checks to “Alabama Writers Conclave” if
not using the online registration form and online 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 Registration University of South Alabama Fairhope Campus
6:30 - 9:30 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 - 6:00 p.m. Bookstore Open
8:30 - 9:30 (FICTION) KIM CROSS TETER "Back in Time: Writing Historical YA Fiction" (Linda Busby Parker
will introduce Kim.)
9:30 - 9:45 Catch Your Breath
9:45-10:45 (POETRY) Distinguished Professor Connecticut State University: VIVIAN SHIPLEY (Sue Walker
will introduce Vivian Shipley)
9:45-10:45 (NONFICTION) Award-winning Author/Speaker: T.K. THORNE “"How to Make Your Non-Fiction A Page-Turner” --using narrative elements and skills to create an authentic voice and a rich, moving story.”
(Sue Walker will introduce T.K. Thorne)
10:45 - 11:45 MEGAN CARY, 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 - 1:30 Lunch on your own; Bang-A-Lang's BBQ onsite
1:30 - 2:30 (ALL GENRES - Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry) ) ROY HOFFMAN:
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 - 2:45 Break
2:45 - 3:45 (POETRY) Distinguished Professor, Connecticut State University. VIVIAN SHIPLEY
3:45 - 4:00 (Fiction) YA KIM CROSS TETER
4:15 - 5:15 (Fiction) 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. Dr. Richard Modlin ( Marian Lewis will
6:00 - 7:00 Buffet
8:00: Awards Presentation
Sunday July 19
7:30 - 8:00 AM Registration
8:15 - 9:15 a.m. Publishing Panel -LINDA BUSBY PARKER, (Excalibur Press); SUE WALKER,
(Negative Capability Press), LIZ REED (Blue Rooster Press). Other panelists to be announced.
Liz Reed established Blue Rooster Press to guide writers through the self-publishing process.
Blue Rooster provides book & page design, editing, proofreading and documents ready for
print-on-demand press. In addition she serves as art and layout editor of Birmingham Arts Journal,
a quarterly literary and arts magazine now in its 13th year of publication. Birmingham Arts Journal
publishes winners of the international Hackney Literary Awards and presents a publication award to
one member of the Alabama Pastel Society during its annual show. In addition to her lifelong career
as artist, editor, author and marketing guru, Liz is an award-winning artist.
Reed is married to author and humorist, Jim Reed, owner of Reed Books in Birmingham; they have three
children and seven grandchildren. She and her husband have lived in Birmingham’s Southside neighborhood
for thirty-eight years.
9:20 - 9:30 Catch Your Breath
9:30 - 10:30 (Nonfiction) MARIAN LEWIS Nature Writing. 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 book-in-hand. Marian Lewis. (Sue Walker will introduce Marian Lewis)
10:30 - 11: 30 (Multi-Genre) JIM REED -- 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 - 12:15 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 HONOR CELEBRATE AWC ACCOMPLISHMENTS!
Bang-A-Lang's BBQ onsite
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.
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, 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 UA Huntsville.
LIZ REED established Blue Rooster Press to guide writers through the self-publishing process.
Blue Rooster provides book & page design, editing, proofreading and documents ready for print-on-demand press.
In addition she serves as art and layout editor of Birmingham Arts Journal, a quarterly literary and arts magazine
now in its 13th year of publication. Birmingham Arts Journal publishes winners of the international Hackney Literary
Awards and presents a publication award to one member of the Alabama Pastel Society during its annual show.
In addition to her lifelong career as artist, editor, author and marketing guru, Liz is an award-winning artist.
Reed is married to author and humorist, Jim Reed, owner of Reed Books in Birmingham; they have three children and
seven grandchildren. She and her husband have lived in Birmingham’s Southside neighborhood for thirty-eight years.
T.K. Thorne’s childhood passion for storytelling deepened when she became a police officer in Birmingham,
Alabama. “It was a crash course in life and what motivated and mattered to people.” When she retired as a captain, she
took on Birmingham’s business improvement district as the executive director. Both careers provide fodder for her writing,
which has garnered several awards, including “Book of the Year for Historical Fiction” (ForeWord Reviews) for her debut
novel, NOAH’S WIFE. Her first non-fiction book, LAST CHANCE FOR JUSTICE, was featured on the New York Post’s “Books You
Should Be Reading” list. Rave reviews have followed her new historical novel ANGELS AT THE GATE. She loves traveling,
especially to research her novels, and speaking about her books and life lessons. She writes at her mountaintop home,
often with two dogs and a cat vying for her lap.
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
DR. VIVIAN SHIPLEY is Connecticut State University Distinguished Professor and Editor of Connecticut Review
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), Hardboot: Poems New & Old(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 Kim,
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, the 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, and 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 also 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 received a citation from the city of Birmingham for her literary achievements & 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.
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