Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Mississippi Coast Writers Conference seeking speakers

(This news courtesy of George Lies of WV Writers and Morgantown Writers Group)

The Mississippi Coast Writers Conference is seeking speakers for their November 2010 in Biloxi Mississippi.

If you've led workshops at conferences before, or are a successful writer, editor or agent, they might be in need of your talent. For all the information, please see the .pdf document below.

MCWC Call for Speakers.


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Glimmer Train Deadline Approaching

The Very Short Fiction Award closes on July 31!

Very Short Fiction Award (not to exceed 3,000 words)

1st place—$1,200 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories.
2nd place—$500 and possible publication.
3rd place—$300 and possible publication.
Other considerations: Reading fee is $15 per story. Open to all writers.

Results post September 30, winning story publishes in issue 77.



Tuesday, June 16, 2009


MWG Writers Workshops and Literary Arts Day June 20, 2009 at Monongalia Arts Center

Morgantown Writers Group hosts its 2nd Literary Arts Day Saturday June 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We've invited four more exciting writers this year:

Laura Bentley (Poetry) --
Laura is a poet and novelist. Lake Effect, her first book of poetry, was published in 2006. Bentley's poems have appeared in the New York Quarterly, Art Times, Poetry Ireland Review, Antietam Review, Rosebud, Wind, The Stinging Fly, Kestrel, ABZ, Crannog, Now & Then, 10x3 plus. Her poetry has been featured in 15 anthologies and on the websites of A Prairie Home Companion and Poetry Daily.

Sean O'Leary (Playwriting)-- Sean has written five plays, four of them professionally produced. Valu-Mart won several prestigious awards. Beneath Shelton Laurel won a National Endowment for the Arts "Access to Artistic Excellence" grant. Pound premiered at the Washington Stage Guild in DC and won the Ostrander Award as Best New Play of 2006. Rain in the Hollows premiered at Tri-State Actors Theatre in New Jersey.

Carter Seaton (Cr. NonFic)-- Carter is a freelance writer whose novel Father's Troubles was named for the prestigious Fore Word Magazine 2003 Book of the Year award in Historical Fiction. She has received other awards and her work has appeared in Appalachian Heritage, West Virginia Encyclopedia, MetroValley Magazine, Marshall Magazine, St. Mary's Today and the Huntington Quarterly.

Geoff Fuller (Fiction)--
author, teacher, editor, and managing partner of the Evergreen Syndicate LLC , Geoff is an award-winning author and the only person to win the coveted WV Commission on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships in all three prose categories - (fiction, nonfiction, and memoir), Geoff Fuller teaches and mentors an ever-increasing group of successful writers in the Charleston, WV area. He is married to lifestyle columnist, Karin Fuller.

Registration Rates:
Full day: $25
WVW Member Discount: $20
High School Student: $10

Sign up in advance to reserve a seat. If you wish to register or need info, write to Registrar: Patricia.Patteson@mail.wvu.edu

We've kept the registration cost as low as possible as an incentive in this tough economic times. We're limited on space too, but we anticipate about 48 writers and our veteran staff of volunteers. Four workshops in morning, four workshops in the afternoon. Refreshments will be served.

We invite a few writers to submit manuscripts for critique in fiction and non-fiction (nominal extra charge) at workshops. If interested in submitting, send email to George.Lies@mail.wvu.edu. There is a $10 fee for both fiction and nonfiction critiques.


Pearl S. Buck International Writers Workshop June 25 - 27, 2009

Second Annual Pearl S. Buck International Writers' Workshop
"Pearl S. Buck ~ The Patchwork of Her Life"
Sponsored by Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation
and Little Levels Heritage Fair
Hillsboro, West Virginia
June 25-27, 2009

Join West Virginia writers Edwina Pendarvis, Christina St. Clair, Belinda Anderson, Cat Pleska and Pam Pritt as well as West Virginia's most famous "Liar", Bill Lepp, for the Second Annual Pearl S. Buck International Writers' Workshop on the grounds of the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace and "Cliffside," the restored home of Dr. Wallace who delivered Pearl. Events will begin with Registration and Meet and Greet Session on Thursday at noon. Participants will tour Pearl S. Buck's Birthplace before beginning the workshop.

Pam Pritt, Editor of the weekly Pocahontas Times will conduct the first session on "Writing your story, how to get published, legal issues, editing, etc." Dinner will be served by the ladies who support Pearl S. Buck Birthplace. The evening speaker is Cat Pleska, essayist for WV Public Radio and a freelance writer, editor and teacher.

Friday morning brings Belinda Anderson, author of three short story collections. Belinda's session will connect the "stitches" in the patchwork of Pearl's writing that relate to her roots in West Virginia. Keynote speaker, Dr. Edwina "Eddy" Pendarvis and co-author Christina St. Clair will connect the Patchwork of Pearl's Life and Works on the International/China level. The final presentation will be open to the public. Bill Lepp will teach us how to spin a yarn, tell a lie and entertain.

Participants will attend an old fashioned barbeque with music in the evening and have free time to attend the final concert of Allegheny Echoes at the Pocahontas County Opera House.

Saturday is open to enjoy the Little Levels Heritage Fair. The Pearl S. Buck Birthday Celebration and Writers' Fair will kick off at 4 pm Saturday afternoon. Pocahontas Music students will present "Links In The Chain - Our Appalachian Musical Heritage,' Eddy Pendarvis and Christina St. Clair will assist in presenting student writer awards and summary of the Writer's Workshop. Bill Lepp will spin a great big yarn (lie) about life in the Little Levels. Birthday cake and punch for all will conclude the program. The final dinner is a Chicken Barbeque sponsored by Marvin Chapel United Methodist Church.

One scholarship to the Writers' Workshop will be awarded to a WV High School or College Student who submits the best original story (500 words or less) about the influence of Pearl S. Buck, The Patchwork of Her Life and Works. Entries must be submitted no later than May 1, 2009.

Participant cost for the workshop is $75.00 and covers all meals, entertainment and tours. The workshop is designed for approximately 20 participants, so register early. Contact Ruth Taylor, Director at littlelevelsheritagefair@yahoo.com or call 304-653-8563 for additional information and to register for the workshop. Make checks payable to Little Levels Heritage Fair and mail to HC 64 Box 423, Hillsboro, WV 24946.

Lodging will be on your own this year. Contact Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau at pocahontascountywv.com or call 800-336-7009 or 304-799-INF0 for lodging information.


Wednesday, April 01, 2009

WV Writers 2009 Writing Contest Closes

The WV Writers 2009 Spring Writing Competition is now closed for all entries. Please join us at the 2009 WV Writers Summer Conference (June 12 - 14, at Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley, WV) where we will announce the winners of the contest at our annual awards banquet.

Which is another way of saying, the 2009 Conference is now open for pre-registration.

Our 2010 contest will reopen for entries on January 2, 2010.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

National Christian Writers Conference & Book Expo

Offering Writers the Tools They Need to Be Successful

By Rebekah L. Pierce

On Saturday, September 20, 2008, hundreds of novice and seasoned writers from all across the country will converge on the Crown Plaza Hotel in Virginia Beach , Virginia to attend the National Christian Writers Conference and Book Expo. Founded by prolific writer and self-publishing guru, Renee Bobb (www.reneebobb.com), the conference is billed as an event where Christian authors can not only learn about the book publishing industry, but promote and market their works as well.

Kevin Johnson is author of the nine-book series, Give God the Glory,
(www.writingforthelord.com and www.writingforthelord..org) and is not only presenting a workshop at the conference, but is a vendor as well. “I am most looking forward to networking and expanding my current sphere of influence and learning about new technologies,” says Mr. Johnson. When it comes to writing a book, Johnson says that what he has learned about the process is “patience and persistence.”

Project Coordinator and also a speaker at the National Christian Writers Conference, Antonio Crawford (www.topbooksales.com) hopes participants take away three things from his session, “Place Your Book in The Marketplace Using Strategic Planning.” How to position and promote books in the marketplace using the magic P(s); identify and employ multiple distribution channels to deliver books; and create several exchange outlets to sell books or products.
“What I also hope people take away the most from this conference, though, is learning how to create multiple streams of income through publishing and strategic planning,” says Crawford.

One of the most anticipated topics at this year’s conference is book placement. A major key to making a profit for writers who have given their blood, sweat and tears in “telling the story,” book placement is oftentimes a roadblock that many novices and sometimes seasoned writers experience in the overwhelming, overcrowded and complex book publishing industry. But Cheryl Donovan, author, inspirational speaker, talk show host, and entrepreneur knows how to get around all of this.

According to Donovan, “Placing books is all about research - identifying the proper niche as well as the proper message. Once this is done, you are better equipped to place your books in locations that will be frequented by readers interested in your material. There are a myriad of opportunities for placement available. You just have to look for them.”
Participants will spend the entire day not only attending workshops, but meeting and networking with local authors, independent bookstore owners, suppliers, editors, printers and much, much more. (Private consultations are also being offered for a small fee for those who want more one-on-one time with the experts.)

Cheryl Donovan sums it up best: “The National Christian Writers Conference will be an opportunity for individuals involved in the literary industry to get together and share ideas, strategies, and information related to improving literacy overall.”

Tickets are still available. For more information and to learn about the National Christian Writers Conference and Book Expo, please visit http://www.NationalChristianWritersConference.com or call Renee Bobb at 804-998-8014 and via e-mail to bobbrenee@yahoo.com..

~Rebekah L. Pierce is the Editor in Chief and founder of Average Girl Magazine, a motivational magazine for women (www.averagegirlmagazine.com). She is also the author of Sex, Lies & Shoeboxes, a mystery/suspense novella, has written, produced and directed four full-length plays for the stage and has recently released her first short film, The Briefcase (www.myspace..com/thebriefcase2008). For comments or questions, send an email to: editor@averagegirlmagazine.com


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

National Christian Writers Conference Registration Open

Registration is underway for the fifth annual National Christian Writers’ Conference and Book Expo to be held on Saturday, September 20, 2008 at the Crowne Plaza, Virginia Beach, VA 4453 Bonney Road.

Aspiring writers and individuals from Virginia and across the nation who want to learn more about the writing, publishing and book marketing industry are invited to attend. Early bird registration (on or before August 15, 2008) is $49.00, full registration (after August 15, 2008) is $75.00.

Special pricing for Active Duty Military and/or Veterans is $49.00 and College Student or Teen with identification is $49.00. The registration fee will cover breakfast, lunch, all workshops and workshop materials, as well as entrance to the book expo.

See their website for futher details...



Monday, June 09, 2008

Morgantown Writers Group Celebrates its 15th Anniversary

The Morgantown Writers Group celebrate its 15th Anniversary in 2008 by hosting a West Virginia Literary Arts program featuring Novelist Meredith Sue Willis; Crime Thriller Novelist, Robert Walker; Port Laureate Irene McKinney; and Graphic Novelist Robert Tinnell. Morgantown Writers Workshops are scheduled for a full day on Saturday, June 21, at the Monongalia Arts Center, Morgantown,WV.

West Virginia Writers members receive a 20% discount on this "mini-conference" that follows the Annual WV State Writers Conference at Cedar Lakes, where 150 or more writers will go this weekend (go to - http://www.wvwriters.org/. We all are really looking forward to the WVW State Writers conference. For the week after, we expect up to 40 writers to attend this first Summer Literary Arts event. Coinciding with the Arts on the River Festival, June 21-22, writers can expect lots of music - jazz, bluegrass, rock music, and more - and wine tasting and art exhibits - a full get-away weekend, more at - http://www.artsontheriver.org/

The Morgantown program features:

- A café style table talk with guest West Virginia authors at 9:30 a.m.: WV Poet Laureate Irene McKinney, Novelist Meredith Sue Willis, Police Thriller Novelist Robert Walker, and Graphic Novelist Robert Tinnell. George Lies is moderator.

- Four workshops in fiction, crime thriller, graphic novels, and poetry, at 10:30 a.m.
- Advance critique workshops in poetry and prose plus a short story workshop, at 1:30 p.m.
- Informal lunches at local restaurants will bring together attendees and guest writers and a reception concludes the day.

Registration is $25 for the full day of literary events; half-day is $15.00. West Virginia Writers Members' rate is only $20.00. High students may attend for only $5. Prose manuscript critiques done by Robert Walker are $15 "optional" for work sent in by June 18. There is no charge for poetry critiques. Fill-in the registration form below. Then send the form via email to: Registrar

To submit manuscripts (3,000 to 5,000 words) for critique, send a Word file attachment in an email to Coordinator George.Lies@mail.wvu.edu Registration covers morning refreshments and a reception. Payments: Make checks payable to *Morgantown Writers*. Mail to: MWG Workshops, 1129 Richwood Ave. Morgantown, WV 26505 (Attn: Patricia Patteson).

Guest writers and workshop topics are:

Poetry: Irene McKinney, WV Poet Laureate since 1994, is the author of five books of poetry: The Girl with a Stone in Her Lap (North Atlantic, 1976); The Wasps at the Blue Hexagons (Small Plot Press, 1984); Quick Fire and Slow Fire (North Atlantic, 1988); Six O*Clock Mine Report (Pittsburgh Press, 1989), and Vivid Companion (WVU Press/Vandalia, 2005). More at - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irene_McKinney

Genre Police Thrillers: Robert W. Walker has 40 novels in genre fiction, including historical and detective crime thrillers. Recent books are City for Ransom, Shadows in the White City, and City of the Absent. His work is on forensic detection, and new PSI Blue and Deja Blue, one set in Charleston. More at - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_W._Walker

Novel Writing: Meredith Sue Willis is the well known WV author of A Space Apart (1979); Higher Ground (1981); and Only Great Changes (1985), all from Scribner's. Other books are Oradell at Sea (WVU Press, 2003); a collection, Dwight's House & Other Stories (Hamilton Stone, 2004); a sf novel for young adults, The City Built of Starships; and Billie of Fish House Lane, a children*s novel, Montemayor Press. For more, go to - http://www.meredithsuewillis.com/

Graphic Novels: Robert Tinnell is a motion picture screenwriter, director, and producer. He's author of comic books and graphic novels, notably with a horror slant, such as The Black Forest, *The Wicked West*, The Living and The Dead. His graphic novel Feast of the Seven Fishes will soon be a movie filmed in WV. For more, go to - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Tinnell

Authors will host a book signing at the MAC while Robert Walker will be at a Books-A-Million book signing, Friday afternoon. A reception at 4:30 p.m. closes the events. The Morgantown Writers Group is supported by registration proceeds as well as the Cyndi Jones Impact Grant.

The low-cost Morgantown workshops are made possible by a Cyndi Jones Impact Grant from Arts Monongahela - http://www.artsmon.org/index.php, Steptoe and Johnson law firm - http://www.steptoe.com/, and the West Virginia Department of Culture and History - http://www.wvculture.org/ Monongalia Arts Center is at - http://monarts.bizland.com/


Tuesday, April 22, 2008


The 2008 Dogwood Writing Conference takes place this weekend at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, APRIL 25-26, 2008

Join KYOWA members and fellow writers at the Third Annual Dogwood Writing Conference
at beautiful Greenbo Lake State Resort Park in eastern Kentucky.

LOCATION: Greenbo Lake State Resort Park
965 Lodge Road (off KY Route 1)
Greenup, KY 41101-9517
606-474-7324, 800-325-0083


We welcome fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children and young adult,
inspirational, family journals and genealogy, and others

Includes Friday night Ice Cream Social/Mixer, Saturday Continental Breakfast, and all Workshops. $10.00 for Friday night only. Discounted rate for students.

Accommodations at the Park at special rates.
Phone the park directly for reservations.


PAMELA KING CABLE, Motivational Speaker, Author (and former WV Writers workshop presenter)
Born in West Virginia, Pam claims a tribe of wild Pentecostals and storytellers raised her. She attended The University of Akron and Kent State University. Her award-winning stories, articles, and essays have appeared in magazines, anthologies, and newspapers in several states. The most recent award—her book, SOUTHERN FRIED WOMEN, was a finalist in ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year and USABookNews.com Fiction and Literature-Short Story, Best Books of 2006 Book Awards. www.pamelacable.com

RICK MCMAHAN, Author, Special Agent with the Bureau of ATF
Rick McMahan worked for the federal government as a civilian criminal investigator for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, for six years and as Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) investigating federal violations of gun and explosives laws for the last nine. As an ATF agent, Rick has investigated extremist militias, violent street gangs as well as outlaw motorcycle gangs. In addition, he’s a firearms instructor and has served as an on-the-job trainer for new agents. In his free time, Rick enjoys writing, and in the past year he’s had short stories appear in the anthologies such as---TECHNO NOIRE, LOW DOWN & DERBY and the Mystery Writer’s of America DEATH DO US PART edited by Harlan Coben.

Ellora's Cave
Cerridwen Press

MADDIE JAMES, Author, Speaker
Maddie James is published by Resplendence Publishing, Thorndike Press and Kensington Books. She has dozens of published non-fiction titles to her credit. Her romance fiction stories fall predominately in the suspense, paranormal and contemporary realms, tagging herself as an “edgy suspense and thrilling romance” author. Current Releases: The Curse, Blue, Ladies of Legend: Finding Home (with Janet Eaves, Magdalena Scott, Jan Scarborough)

Wild Rose Press

CHRISTINE WITTHOHN, Agent Book Cents Literacy Agency, LLC (and current WV Writers workshop presenter)

For more information, contact Mary Shortridge at meshortridge@gmail.com or call (606)-326-2148.


Thursday, February 28, 2008

Robert W. Walker wins Best Hystery-Mystery at Love Is Murder

At Chicago's largest gathering of readers, fans, librarians, and authors at a conference setting, Love is Murder (www.loveISmurder.net), WV Writer's Summer Conference workshop leader Robert W. Walker truly WON for BEST Hystery-Mystery or Historical Fiction (suspense) for 2007. The prize was given for his book Shadows in the White City, which is the centerpiece for his trilogy begun with City for Ransom and completed recently with the publicaiton of City of the Absent.

The Chicago Tribune gave high acclaim and praise for Shadows and the other titles in two separate reviews, one of which likened the series to a bold mix of Twainian witticisms, Dickensian social consciousness, and the ghoulish atmosphere of Poe.

In great company, I'd say.

Mr. Walker will again grace WV Writers Summer Conference this June for a special 3-hour workshop on the craft of fiction.

Keep your eyes on this space and our newsletter for future conference news.


Friday, February 15, 2008

National Christian Writers Conference and Book Expo opens soon in Norfolk.


The third annual National Christian Writers Conference and Book Expo will be held Saturday, February 16, 2008, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Crown Plaza Hotel 4453 Bonney Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Come early to visit with vendors, which include local published authors and specialists in the book publishing and marketing industry. We will also offer private one-on-one consultations for workshop participants. Experts and vendors include: Local Authors, Independent Bookstore Owners, Suppliers, Children's Authors, Editors, Freelance Writers, Graphic Designers, Illustrators, Magazine Publishers, Non-fiction Writers, Poets, Printers, Independent Publishers, Photographers, Web Designers...... and more.

Information and Resources you will find at the Book Expo Book signings: Writer's resource table, Writer's bookstore, Networking with other writers, Networking with editors, publishers, and authors, Internet marketing, Social networking... and more.

Visit the National Christian Writers Conference and Book Expo website for all the details.


Sunday, August 12, 2007


The 15th annual Columbus Writers Conference, scheduled for Friday, August 24, and Saturday, August 25, 2007, at the Fawcett Conference Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, offers more than 50 sessions on fiction and nonfiction topics presented by writers, editors, and literary agents.

Still available are some one-to-one literary agent, editor, and writer consultations and, also, a few Advance Critiques. The conference also features informal agent/editor chat sessions and open mikes for writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children's/young adult.

Conference topic areas include novel, nonfiction book, short story, children and young adults, memoir, poetry, screenwriting, author/editor relationship, finding and working with a literary agent, query letter, novel synopsis, nonfiction book proposal, pitching a book, book doctor, freelance writing, and the legal and business aspects of writing for books, film, and television.

To receive a brochure, e-mail conference director Angela Palazzolo at AngelaPL28@aol.com, or call 614-451-3075, or write The Columbus Writers Conference, P.O. Box 20548, Columbus, OH 43220. Details are also available on the Web site at creativevista.com.


Wednesday, July 18, 2007

F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference

The F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference will be held on October 13, 2007, on the campus o f Montgomery College, in Rockville, Maryland.

The F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference is a full day of workshops, discussions, panels and salons for writers. This year's workshop leaders include Margaret Blair (young adult), Susan Coll (fiction), Alix Ohlin (short story), Carly Sachs (poetry), Donna Andrews (mystery) - to name only a few.

This year, the conference will honor William Kennedy for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature.

The Conference is Oct. 13, 2007, from 8:45am-8:30pm, and is held at Montgomery College's Theatre Arts Center, in Rockville, MD. The cost is $85 with several levels of discounts available (early registration, student, senior etc).

Enrollment fills quickly. If interested, please register early.

Inquiries: FSFConference@gmail.com


Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Down East Writers' Conference

Can't make the WV Writers Conference this weekend?

Taking a trip to Maine instead? Well, we got just what you're looking for. The Down East Writers' Conference is taking place on Deer Isle, MN, June 14-16, 2007.

Learn all about it at the following link...