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The 2008 Writing Today Writers' Conference
March 7-8, 2008
Writing Today will celebrate its 28th anniversary this year on the campus of Birmingham-Southern College on Friday and Saturday, March 7-8. This year's forum features Books-a-Million Grand Master Walter Mosley, Major Speakers Frank Deford and Julianna Baggott, and many others.
In addition to Writing Today's usual line-up of nationally and internationally prominent poets, playwrights, fiction writers, journalists, scholars, and publishers, this year's conference includes:
- Practical sessions in the aforementioned literary genres
- Individual manuscript critique sessions
- Authors & Patrons Reception at Southern Progress headquarters
- Hackney Literary Awards Reception
In order to guarantee seating at luncheons, register today. Pre-registration deadline is February 29. Register by February 14 for savings on the entire weekend of literary fellowship. Register on-line or print and mail your registration form.
Walter Mosley, one of the most revered writers in the country, is best-known for his popular mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. His first Rawlins novel, Devil in a Blue Dress, was made into a film starring Denzel Washington. His other works include the Fearless Jones novels, Fear Itself and Fear of the Dark, and the literary novels RL's Dream and Fortunate Son, which Library Journal said "deserves to be on the shelves of every library." His short fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy and GQ. Among his many awards, he was honored in 2004 with the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award. The New York Times Book Review dubbed Mosley "a literary artist as well as a master of mystery."
Mosley will be the luncheon speaker on Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., in the Bruno Great Hall in the Norton Campus Center . He will tape a segment of Bookmark with Don Noble from 3-4 p.m. in the Norton Theater also in the Norton Campus Center . Conference goers are invited to attend the taping.
Frank Deford is the Senior Contributing Writer for Sports Illustrated, a commentator on NPR's Morning Edition, and a correspondent on HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. Deford has received the U.S. Sportswriter of the Year award six times and been elected to the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters. GQ Magazine calls Deford "the world's greatest sportswriter."
Deford will be the luncheon speaker on Friday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Bruno Great Hall in the Norton Campus Center . He will also deliver the John Forney Lecture on Saturday from 10:15-11:15 a.m.
Julianna Baggott (aka N.E. Bode) is the author of four novels, including the bestsellers Girl Talk and The Miss America Family, as well as three books of poems, including Compulsions of Silkworms and Bees, winner of the 2007 Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series from Pleiades Press. As N.E. Bode, she is the author of the The Anybody series of children's books. "Julianna Baggott enjoys living on the knife's edge between hilarity and heartbreak and that makes her a writer after my own heart," writes Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo.
Baggot will open the conference on Friday, 9-10 a.m., in the Norton Theater in the Norton Campus Center . She will speak on "Writing for Children" on Saturday from 1:45-2:45 p.m.
The complete Writing Today Program is now posted on the Web. Learn writers' schedules, session titles, and luncheon speakers. You can't tell the players without the program!
For program information and registration form, visit the WRITING TODAY Web site
or call Sandy Barr at 205-226-4921 or Annie Green at 205-226-4922.
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