Alabama Writers Conclave

2018 Conference Schedule

2018 Conference Schedule


Friday, June 15th

Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach
26389 Canal Rd.,
Orange Beach, AL 36561



6:00 - 7:00 PM

Deborah Malone, Keynote Speaker: "Yes You Can"

7:00 - 9:30 PM

Open Mic Mixer with free hors d'oeuvres and wine

Saturday, June 16th

Orange Beach Recreation Center
4849 Wilson Blvd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561


8:00 - 8:30 AM

Coffee & Pastries 

8:30 - 9:30 AM

Session 1

Susan Cushman: "Working with Editors in Memoirs, Novels, and Anthologies"

Linda Busby Parker: "Developing Believable, Evocative Characters in Fiction"

9:45 - 10:45 AM

Session 2

Sarah Cortez: "Keys to the Persona Poem"

Karim Shamsi-Basha: "How I Got My Agent and How To Get Yours"

11:00 - 12:00 PM

Session 3

Sue Brannan Walker: "Publishing: The Ins and Outs"

Wendy Reed: "Oil spills, Rising Seas,The Cosmos, and 23andMe: Science and Nature Writing is for Everyone"

12:00 - 1:30 PM

Lunch On Your Own

1:30 - 2:30 PM

Session 4

T. K. Thorne: "Editing and Revisions"

Karim Shamsi-Basha: "Writing with Humor"

2:45- 3:45 PM

Session 5

Charlotte Pence: "The Chimera: Poets Writing Creative Nonfiction"

Katherine Clark: "The Pleasures and Perils of Editing Oral Biographies"

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Session 6

Sarah Cortez: "Are You Ready to Edit An Anthology?"

Ashley M. Jones, "What's Form Got To Do With It? Beyond Traditional Poetics and Creating a New Formalism"

5:15 - 6:15 PM


Publishing with Ashley M. Jones, Misty Williams, and Karim Shamsi-Basha


Orange Beach Community Center (steps away from the Recreation Center)
27235 Canal Rd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561

7:00 PM  


Keynote by Charlotte Pence

Sunday, June 17th

Orange Beach Recreation Center
4849 Wilson Blvd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561


8:00 - 8:30 AM

Coffee & Pastries

8:30 - 9: 30 AM

Session 7

Misty Williams: "Publishing Workshop: How To Pitch and Write a Good Query Letter"

Linda Busby Parker: "Fiction Writing 2"

9:45 - 10:45 AM


Southern Writers on Writing: Susan Cushman, Wendy Reed, Katherine Clark, and Jennifer Horne


Hudson Marina
4575 S. Wilson Bld. #1
Orange Beach, Al 36561

11:30 AM

Boarding for Brunch Cruise

12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Brunch Cruise & Annual meeting

Keynote Address: Alabama Poet Laureate Jennifer Horne

Annual Meeting