Seated around a block of tables in the community room of a bank after hours, the members of The Picayune Writers Group make plans for the 5th annual Picayune Writers Group Symposium, scheduled for Sat., Sept. 28. With representatives of many writing genres within the group, the discussion gets animated as issues get resolved and solutions noted to move forward with details of the conference.
The free event runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Margaret Reed Crosby Memorial Library. The group chose “Diversity of Voice” as this year’s theme and promises a program to enlighten and entertain attendees.
Professor Randolph M. Howes, MD, PhD, author of the The Sci-Fi Adventures of Dr. Kenneth Messenger, speaks on the subject of writing mysteries. Other speakers include award-winning haiku poet Rebecca Drouilhet with insights on writing poetry; journalist Jodi Marze, Lifestyles editor for the Picayune Item newspaper and inspirational speaker and author Kathryn J. Martin. Writer/editor Bill Jackson will speak on the art of ghost writing.
Singer/song writer Richelle Putnam will close the day with some of her original works. As a Mississippi Arts Commission Roster Artist/Teaching Artist, Putnam speaks and performs regularly and has been published in many writing magazines.
Symposium speakers as well as published members of the Picayune Writers Group will have copies of their works available for book signings.
The Margaret Reed Crosby Memorial Library is located at 900 Goodyear Blvd. in Picayune, Miss. The group will serve light refreshments in the morning and lunch around noon. There is no charge for the event.
The Picayune Writers Group was chartered in 2005, with the goal of promoting local writers in their craft. The group meets on Tuesday evenings (except the first Tuesday of the month) at 6 p.m. in the community room of Bank Plus at 115 Williams Blvd. in Picayune. Interested parties may attend up to five meetings before making a commitment to join the group.