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      Writing Today to host its 29th annual conference March 13-14

      Just as it has for the past twenty-eight years, Writing Today will serve up a full program of interactive workshops and informative sessions, each designed to help you refine your writing skills. Held on the campus of Birmingham-Southern College, the March 13-14 conference includes Major Speakers Mark Winegardner, a bestselling novelist, and David Kirby, an award-winning poet, plus up-and-coming authors, sought-after journalists,20and experienced editors. You'll find conference traditions you count on, such as book signings and author luncheons.

      To enhance your experience, other new elements include a Thursday-night event on March 12 at the Birmingham Public Library, featuring an evening with author and actor Thom Gossom Jr.; the Authors & Patrons Reception, now on the Birmingham-Southern College campus in the new Admission Welcome Center; Hands-On Critique Workshops, led by conference faculty Ward and Lyon, the Big Table Poets, and Dr. Myra Crawford.

      Other faculty scheduled to present workshops and sessions include Logan Ward, freelance journalist and author of See You in a Hundred Years: Four Seasons in Forgotten America; Elizabeth Lyon, independent editor and teacher, whose Manuscript Makeover was recognized as a Best Book for Writers in 2008 by The Writer; and Tina McElroy Ansa, storyteller and novelist, who launched an independent publishing company, DownSouth Press, which focuses on African-American literature.

      Also scheduled to appear are filmmaker Joneé Ansa, nature writer Robert Finch, poet and children's author Charles Ghigna, poet Hank Lazer, Bookmark host Don Noble, fiction writer Wendy Rawlings, novelist Ron Riekki, and freelance writer Kathy Shorr.


      Major=2 0Speaker Mark Winegardner to visit Writing Today

      Mark Winegardner was born and raised in Bryan , Ohio , a town of 8,000 that supplies the world with Dum-Dum suckers and Etch-a-Sketches. His parents owned an RV dealership there, and every summer he traveled with his family across the United States in various travel trailers and motor homes. By the time he was fifteen, he had been in all forty-eight contiguous states.

      Winegardner graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Miami University and went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts degree in fiction writing from George Mason University . He published his first book at age twenty-six, while still in graduate school. He has taught at Miami , George Mason, George Washington, and John Carroll Universities and is now a professor in the creative writing program at Florida State University in Tallahassee , Florida . Winegardner has won grants, fellowships, and residencies from the Ohio Arts Council, the Lilly Endowment, the Ragdale Foundation, the Sewanee Writers Conference, and the Corporation of Yaddo.

      His books, which include The Godfather Returns and The Godfather's Revenge, have been chosen as among the best of the year by The New York Times Book Review, Chicago Sun-Times, Los Angeles Times, New York Public Library, and USA Today. His work has appeared in GQ, Playboy, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, DoubleTake, Family Circle, The Sporting News, Witness, Story Quarterly, American Short Fiction, Ladies Home Journal, Parents, and The New York Times Magazine. Several of his stories have been chosen as Distinguished Stories of the Year in The Best American Short Stories.


      David Kirby also to appear as a Major Speaker

      Professor David Kirby specializes in nineteenth century U.S. literatu re and creative writing in poetry. He has received many honors for his work, including the Brittingham Prize in Poetry, and his work appears frequently in the Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize volumes. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Florida Arts Council.

      Kirby is the author or co-author of twenty-nine books, including the poetry collections The House on Boulevard St.: New and Selected Poems, The Ha-Ha, The House of Blue Light, and The Travelling Library, and a collection of essays, Ultra-Talk: Johnny Cash, The Mafia, Shakespeare, Drum Music, St. Teresa Of Avila and 17 Other Colossal Topics Of Conversation. His verse has appeared in such publications as The Kenyon Review, Southern Review, and Ploughshares. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, Kirby also writes regularly for The New York Times Book Review, The Atlanta Journal- Constitution, and The Chicago Tribune.

      Kirby is the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English at Florida State University . His most recent poetry collections are The House on Boulevard St., which was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award, and The Temple Gate Called Beautiful. Currently he is working on a pop culture study, titled Little Richard: The Birth of Rock ‘n' Roll.


      Thom Gossom Jr. to headline Thursday-night event

      Thom Gossom Jr. is an actor, writer, and communications professional. Born in Birmingham , he received his Bachelor of Arts in communication from Auburn University , where he was the second black football player and perhaps the first black athlete to walk on and earn a scholarship in the Southeastern Conference. He later earned his Master of Arts in Communication at the University of Montevallo . After a brief time in the NFL and in public relations for BellSouth, he founded his own public relations firm in 1987 to supplement his writing and acting ventures.

      Gossom is a self-described working actor, having appeared on stage, television, and film. His theatre roles include Fences, American Buffalo, and Glengarry Glen Ross. Film credi ts include Fight Club, Miss Evers' Boys, and The Chamber. On television he had recurring roles on In the Heat of the Night, Boston Legal, and Close to Home. He played the title character, Israel , in an Emmy-winning episode of NYPD Blue, titled "Lost Israel."

      His writing credits include his critically acclaimed one-man show, Speak of Me As I Am, and his recently published memoir, Walk-On: My Reluctant Journey to Integration. He has also written articles and columns for The Birmingham News, The Birmingham Times, Fun and Stuff magazine, and Down Home magazine.


      Register now for Writing Today 2009

      Make your plans now to attend the 29th Annual Writing Today writers' conference March 13-14 on the campus of Birmingham-Southern College . Download a complete conference brochure or visit http://www.writingtoday.org/ to secure your place at the table. Phone 205-226-4921 to receive printed registration materials.

      Writing Today is supported by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment of the Arts.







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