This year there are more than a few writing conferences and workshops for authors to choose from in Arkansas and surrounding states. Besides major local events like The Arkansas Literary Festival in April and the Arkansas Writers’ Conference in June, there are plenty of other opportunities for both serious and casual writers to mingle and possibly learn something that will be beneficial to their craft.
Who hasn’t thought at some point that his or her life story would make a great book? If you are thinking of writing your memoirs, you may want to check out the Story Circle Network - National Memoir Writing Conference, April 11 – 13 at the Wyndham Hotel in Austin, TX. The keynote speaker will be Linda Hasselstrom, who will present "Follow the Few: Find Your Story." There will also be a workshop by award-winning author and Arkansan Marilyn H. Collins, titled "Sister Story, Brother Story, Favorite Relative Story", and coaching sessions with an experienced writer.
Another conference that takes place April 11 – 13 is the 99th Annual Missouri Writers' Guild Conference, at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, St. Louis, MO. The keynote speakers at this event are bestselling authors Mary Buckham and Chuck Sambuchino, who have both authored books on writing as well as other topics.
The “show me” state is also hosting the Missouri State Genealogical Association Annual Conference taking place August 1-2 at Stoney Creek Inn, Columbia, MO.
The appropriately named Killer Nashville will be held on Aug. 21 - 24, at Hutton Hotel & Conference Center, Nashville, TN. This three-day event is packed full of activities including over 60 sessions, several of which are intense breakaway study sessions. Special guests will be William Kent Krueger and Lisa Jackson.
Closer to home is the 47th annual Ozark Creative Writers’ Convention, taking place October 9, 10, & 11 in Eureka Springs, AR. This conference differs from some of the others in that it offers a smaller, more intimate atmosphere but at the same time is an experience that can benefit both professional and aspiring writers.
For more information on these conferences visit the websites below:
Story Circle Network - National Memoir Writing Conference
Missouri Writers' Guild Conference
Missouri State Genealogical Association Annual Conference
Ozark Creative Writers Conference