Writers Anonymous
2017 Mid-Winter
Writers Conference


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2017 Mid-Winter Writers Conference

 
 
 
 
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  Keynotes:  
  Keynote #1: Jim Reed: "How to Write Good Without Knowing Nothing:
                                            The Art of Bypassing Creative Speed Bumps and Grammatical Overload"

Keynote #2: Rita Moritz: "Just Don’t Tell Me It Can’t Be Done!"

 
 
 
  Workshops: Each workshop will last 50 minutes and will start and end on time.
                                       Workshops are listed below alphabetically by presenter's name.
 
 
 
 
David Bennett (HomeLife Magazine):

Workshop: "Writing To Get Published"

 
       Whether it's 200 words or 2,000 words, your work can appear in publications alongside the works of Max Lucado, Beth Moore, Michael W. Smith, Karen Kingsbury, Scotty McCreery and more. Come to David’s workshop to find out how.
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     Since 2013, David has been the Editor of HomeLife Magazine, the flagship publication of LifeWay Christian Resources. LifeWay is one of the world's largest providers of Christian resources. The company owns and operates more than 180 LifeWay Christian Stores across the United States. David is the co-author of Share Jesus Without Fear.

 
 
 
 
Ronnie Cheatwood:

Workshop: "It Is Well—Writing to Turn a Test Into a Testimony"

 
      When your greatest testing comes and the storm has passed, how do you convey to others what you felt, saw and heard so they can experience it with you? Ronnie will be sharing how you can turn your test into a testimony through writing that will encourage others.
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     Ronnie Cheatwood has a Doctorate in Pastoral Ministry with a major in counseling from Covington Theological Seminary. He has been the pastor of
Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Marietta, GA, for 10 years and is the Chaplain for the Cobb County (GA) Police Department. He is also the President of Stormchaser Ministries, Inc. a ministry to those who have experienced profound loss. He is the author of The Storm in the Middle of the Night. He and his wife Sandra and daughters Kelsey and Kortney live in Georgia.
 
 
 
 
 

Mary Alice Kenley:

Workshop: "More than One Way to Catch a Fish!"

 

 
       We all have something to say, but we don't all get the chance. Learn how to communicate thoughts of inspiration, encouragement and challenge through the written word. It's as easy as one-two-three. Let's fill in those blanks together today.
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     Mary Alice Kenley is a retired lobbyist at both the state and Federal levels. Upon retirement from politics at age 60, she went back to school to become a Christian counselor. She counsels and writes from her home in Cropwell, where she lives with her husband of 51 years, Dr. Bob Kenley, a teacher of Latin and mathematics at Pell City High School. They are the parents of two sons, Rip and Tom. Rip manages a television station in Macon, GA; Tom is a public relations executive in Nashville, TN. They are the proud grandparents of two grandsons. Mary Alice is the author of
Lessons from the Porch at Kenley Cove and the co-author of Bumps and Scrapes on the Road to Glory. Later this year, she will release a devotional study guide, Studies from the Porch at Kenley Cove, based loosely on her first book.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Joey Kennedy:

Workshop: "Writing for a Cause or a Purpose"

 

 
       Have you ever felt passionate about a specific cause and wished you could promote it? Joey’s workshop will help you fine tune your writing to address your cause and make it as attractive to others as it is to you.
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     Joey Kennedy, a Pulitzer Prize winner, is a life-long journalist. He worked for more than 33 years at The Birmingham News. He’s won numerous awards and was a finalist for two more Pulitzer Prizes. Joey writes a weekly column for Alabama Political Reporter and the monthly back-page column for B-Metro magazine. He’s also a contributor to Blue Southerner. Joey teaches English at UAB. He’s also president and publisher of
Animal Advocates of Alabama. Joey lives on Southside with his wife of 37 years Veronica and a grumble of pugs.
 
 
 
 
 

Veronica Kennedy

Workshop: "Editing for the New Media"

 

 
       The days when writers could rely on editors are rare now. With self-publishing, e-books, and blogs making up a huge part of the market, the writer is the editor. Clean copy is a must for writers who want to be taken seriously. This workshop is designed to help writers learn the best practices for self-editing.
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     Veronica Kennedy is a veteran journalist and writing teacher who has taught composition, literature, and newswriting as an adjunct instructor at several area colleges, including UAB, Birmingham-Southern College, and the Birmingham Center of Faulkner University. She also worked at The Birmingham News for 27 years as a news reporter, feature writer, and copy editor. While there, she was a finalist for the Penny-Missouri Award for feature writing, and in addition to several Associated Press reporting citations, she received the Aldo Award for fashion writing. Currently, she is a freelance editor and social media marketer through V. Kennedy, Ink. In that capacity, she has worked with numerous clients, including Pig the Unusual Dog. She created a 2015 wall calendar for Pig's Foundation, which almost sold out; and she has helped Pig's Facebook page to gather more than 100,000 likes.
 
 
 
 

 

Kathryn Lang:

Workshops:
"Blogging 101: How to build a blog to sell your book"
"Blogging 201: Now you have built it – How to get them to come"

 
 
     Blogging 101: Branding your blog, Building your blog, Boosting your blog.
   Blogging 201: Content for your blog, Connections with your readers, Consistency with your words.
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     #Hope builder. #Dream inspirer. Master of “it’s all about #relationships.” Kathryn Lang believes in the power of words, and she helps others find the time and the words to make their dreams come true. She puts words to work in her freelance career, and she helps others give life to their words through the South Eastern Literary Tourism Initiative (
SELTI.org) and her latest endeavor, the Mountain Valley Writers.
     An award-winning author, Kathryn always finds new avenues for moving words and finding ways to harness their powers for good in her life and in the lives of those around her. Speaking has opened other doors for the sharing of words and for the expansion of relationship opportunities.
     Learn more about Kathryn by visiting her website –
KathrynLang.com or connect with her on Facebook – theKathrynCLang or Twitter @KathrynCLang
 
 
 
 

Irene Latham:

Workshop: "The Children's Book In You"

 

 
 

     Kidlit author Irene Latham (fiction, poetry, and nonfiction) will provide the inside scoop on how to get a children's book published. Learn the basics of the industry, hear the story behind the stories, receive helpful tips for pursuing publication -- and write!
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     Irene Latham's first bits of writing were love poems – for her mother. An award-winning author of two novels for children
Leaving Gee’s Bend and Don’t Feed the Boy and three poetry picture books, she was named the winner of the 2016 International Literary Association-Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award. Her latest book (co-written with Charles Waters) is Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship. (Lerner, 2017). irenelatham.com

 
 
 
 

Margie Littleton:

Ice Breaker: "What Happens at the Writers Conference Stays
                       at the Writers Conference"

 

 
       Be prepared to listen, follow directions, interact, move, talk and laugh together (and possibly misbehave) as Margie leads you in a morning “ice breaker.” This mini-workshop is a fun and light hearted way to begin a day of interesting workshops and inspiring keynotes. Bring along your sense of humor.
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     Margie is a high school Special Education teacher who works with special needs students in Dallas County, Alabama. A former social worker, she changed careers eleven years ago to work in a more hands-on capacity with children and teens. She received a B.S. degree from the University of Montevallo and a M.A.Ed. degree from the University of Alabama. Margie discovered a love of writing at an early age and has written numerous poems and short stories. She is currently working on her first novel, a young adult paranormal adventure.
 
 
 
 
Barry Marks:

Workshop: "Automatic Writing: Opening the Floodgates of Your Creativity"

 
 

     We will turn off our “inner editors” and respond to prompts. We will try to shut up, stop making sense and just write. Bring paper, pens and your creativity. Be ready to relax and find the words that would be ringing in your brain if only…. You will come away with some great lines, some interesting thoughts, and maybe the first steps toward your next story, essay or poem.

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     Barry Marks is a Birmingham attorney, and the author of three books of poetry. His most recent book,
Dividing By Zero, combines poetry, narrative and fiction to tell the story of the damage caused by a writer’s self-possession. Possible Crocodiles, his first book, was named 2010 Book of the Year by the Alabama State Poetry Society. Sounding, his second book, is an emotional but unsentimental examination of grief, loss and recovery. Sounding was a finalist for the Grand Prize in the 2013 Eric Hoffer Award for Independent Publishers. He is former a member of the Big Table Poets and has participated in that group’s anthologies. Barry’s chapbook, There is Nothing Oppressive as a Good Man, won the 2003 John and Miriam Morris Chapbook Competition. He is the author of three other chapbooks, and his poetry has won numerous awards and has appeared in over 100 journals and anthologies. Barry was Alabama’s Poet of the Year for 1999 and twice President of the Alabama State Poetry Society. He is a frequent reader, lecturer and workshop leader.

 
 
 
 
Rita Aiken Moritz:

Keynote: "Just Don’t Tell Me It Can’t Be Done!"

 
       Whether with prose or poetry, nobody can tell your story the way you can. And Rita’s email signature says it all: “How do you know you can’t if you have never even tried?” You will be reassured and inspired by her encouraging words as were the members of Writers Anonymous, who brought home more than 75 awards this year under her leadership.
     This Keynote demonstrates how to get 'er done regardless of the pitfalls or distractions that come your way. 
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     Rita is a writer, poet, blogger, editor and speaker. She has been published in
Educational Leadership, Indeed Magazine, and Open Windows. her "Precious Prodigal" blog has nearly 25,000 hits each month. She is the founder and president of Writers Anonymous, a monthly writing group, and she and her husband are co-editors of the ASPS monthly newsletter, the Muse Messenger. She also teaches in Alabama's Court Referral Program and is the author Precious Poems - A Journey of Hope and So You Love a Prodigal: What You Can't Do, What You Can Do, Why You Can't Quit and So You Love a Prodigal - A Companion Workbook.
 
 
 
 
Jennifer Rash:

Workshop: "Editor's Roundtable - No Question is Off Limits"

 
 

     An informal discussion with Jennifer Davis Rash of The Alabama Baptist to talk about the questions, obstacles or concerns you have related to your writing efforts.
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As Editor-elect, Jennifer oversees the weekly production of The Alabama Baptist in all its formats and is a past president of Baptist Communicators Association. She is an honors graduate of the University of Alabama, where she won the Outstanding Journalism Student Award. Jennifer has a Master’s of Theological Studies from Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham. She has been with The Alabama Baptist since 1996 and blogs at rashionalthoughts.com.

 
 
 
 
Liz Reed:

Panel Discussion on Editing

Liz is the Art Editor of the Birmingham Arts Journal, book designer, publisher, sometime-visual artist, sometime-writer, and active grandmother to 8 young people scattered across the U.S. She is married to Jim Reed, writer and owner of The Museum of Fond Memories at Reed Books in Birmingham. They live in the city’s Southside in a Dutch Colonial home built in 1906.

Jim Reed:

Keynote: "How to Write Good Without Knowing Nothing: The Art of Bypassing Creative Speed Bumps and Grammatical Overload"

 
 
     In just a few minutes, author/humorist/curator Jim Reed will demonstrate how much fun it is to enjoy the writing process. Beginners and pros alike will walk away newly inspired and ready to tackle their most daunting tasks. More at redclaydiary.com.
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     Jim, a popular inspirational columnist and gentle gothic humorist, has authored several books, including: 
Dad's Tweed Coat: Small Wisdoms, Hidden Comforts, Unexpected Joys. He is also the Editor of the Birmingham Arts Journal. Jim has authored a dozen books and is the owner of "The Museum of Fond Memories at Reed Books" in Birmingham. He has worked in radio and television, higher education, and public relations. In 1985, Reed retired his three-piece suit, grew a beard, and recreated his life as author, storyteller, speaker, columnist, humorist, rare book dealer and museum curator. Reed is called upon frequently to share his inspirational view of the world.
 
 
 
 
Ramona Richards:

Workshop: "A Closer Look: How to Know if Your Manuscript Needs a Professional Editor (and How to Find One)."

 
       This workshop reviews the reasons to hire (or not) a professional editor for your manuscript, how to find an experienced editor in your field, and how and why edits are so expensive. It will explain the different types of edits, the costs, industry standards and expectations, and the advantages of having a professional work on your manuscript.
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     Ramona Richards is a speaker, writer, and editor whose latest book,
My Mother’s Quilts, is from Worthy Publishing. Ramona has been an editor for Abingdon Press, Thomas Nelson, Rutledge Hill Press, and Ideals magazine, and has freelanced for more than a dozen others. Over the course of her career, she has edited more than 400 publications, including fiction, trade nonfiction, magazines, scripts, poetry, Bibles and biblical reference works, study guides, curriculum, and how-to manuals. The author of seven novels, three books of devotions, and numerous magazine articles, she is a frequent speaker for women’s and writers’ groups, and has presented at numerous conferences across the country. Ramona can be found online at linkedin.com/in/ramonarichards
 
 
 
 
Stephanie Rodda:

Workshop: "#writerslife"

 
       When life demands all of my time, energy and attention, how do I find the time to take my writing seriously? It's time to develop your #writerslife. Join Stephanie and get some tips on how to make that happen.
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Stephanie Rodda is a wife and adoptive mother of seven children, who decided to take her writing seriously just a few years ago. She now blogs, writes articles and devotionals, speaks and has two fiction novels published. She enjoys sharing about adoption and encouraging other writers. She believes it's never too late to pursue your dreams.
 
 
 
 
Ellen Sallas:

Two Workshops on Self Publishing / Self Promoting:

"To Self or Not to Self—That is the Question"

"How to Breathe Life into Your Project to Increase Exposure and Sales"

 
       Useful info on the pros and cons of your publishing options, tips on landing a traditional contract and/or agent, plus how to “do it yourself” and look like a pro. PLUS, easy-peasy formatting tips to make your book as perfect as possible no matter how you proceed. Handouts will be provided, and a copy of Ellen’s book, You CAN Self-Publish (Little Roni Publishers, 2012) will be available at wholesale ($5) for the first ten askers. Bring a fiver!
     The moment your book was completed, it needed to be promoted to the world. This workshop will cover where to begin and provide specific steps and instructions so you won’t be too shy or feel over faced. Great for new authors, but self-promotion is mandatory for all. Handouts will be provided, and a copy of Ellen’s book,
You CAN Self-Promote (Little Roni Publishers, 2013) will be available at wholesale ($5) for the first ten askers. Bring a fiver!
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       Ellen is Editorial Director of Little Roni Publishers and founder of The Author’s Mentor. As such, she has helped more than 200 authors self-publish over 250 books in print and eBook. Ellen is a widely sought keynote speaker for book clubs, schools, and education organizations all over tshe south, including Beeson Divinity School at Samford University. Under the pen name Ellen C. Maze, she authored the #1 Bestseller "Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider" for teens and adults and "A is for Apple: A Horsey Alphabet," an illustrated ABC picture book among others. See more at ellencmaze.com.  
 
 
 
Dr. Sue Brannan Walker:

Workshop: "Relearning the Alphabet: The ABCs of Poetry"

Lunchtime Reading of Some of Her Poetry.

 
      Learn how to write hybrid poetry from a former Alabama State Poet Laureate. Sue's workshop will focus on poetry, but it will have across the board application to writing in all genres. If you want to make your writing "sing," you need to think and write a poet even when you’re writing in prose. Bring pen and paper to this hands-on workshop and learn from one of Alabama’s best poets and teachers.
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     Sue Walker, M.Ed, MA, and Ph.D., is the publisher / editor of Negative Capability (Mobile, Ala). She was Poet Laureate of Alabama from 2003-2012 and Stokes Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at the University of South Alabama where she retired in July 2015. In 2013, she received the Eugene Garcia Award for outstanding scholarship by the Alabama Council of English and a Mellen Award for outstanding scholarship for her critical work on James Dickey, The Ecopoetics of James Dickey. She has received several Pushcart nominations and numerous creative writing awards for fiction, non-fiction, drama, and poetry. She has published eight books of poetry, numerous critical articles, drama, fiction, and nonfiction. She has spoken and given workshops throughout the U.S.A. and abroad. Sue is the President of the Alabama Writers’ Conclave.

 
 
 
 

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