Writers Anonymous
2018 Mid-Winter
Writers Conference


Write, write, and then...
write some more!

 
 
Home Agenda & Presenters
Schedule
F.A.Q. Registration Map &
Directions
 Contact Us
 

Agenda & Presenters
for the
2018 Mid-Winter Writers Conference

 
 
 
       CLICK HERE to see all these Conference sessions with their scheduled times.
..
 
       CLICK HERE to see a map of the campus of Pell City Library.
..
 
 

To go DIRECTLY to the Conference Registration Page CLICK HERE.
..

 
 
 
  Keynotes:  
 
Keynote #1: "How Do You Know You Can't If You've Never Even Tried?"
                      Rita Moritz
 
 

Keynote #2: "Coming Up Short"
                      David Bennett
 
 
 
  Workshops: Each workshop will last 50 minutes and will start and end on time.
                     Workshops are listed below alphabetically by presenter's name.
Cabot Barden Harry Moritz
David Bennett Rita Moritz
Allen Barry P.T. Paul
Verna Gates Ellen Sallas
Joey Kennedy Constance Smith
Veronica Kennedy Jackie Warren Tatum
Margie Littleton Adam Vines
Barry Marks Sue Walker
 
 
 
 
Cabot Barden:

Workshop: "Can I write a song?"
 
  An informative workshop that will offer shortcut to writing songs and some information about how to get your songs noticed and heard.
- - - -
Cabot Barden is a musician, singer, songwriter and author. Cabot's bands have opened for such artists as Mickey Gilley, Emmylou Harris, Jan and Dean, and Grayson Hughe. He has worked in recording studios in Birmingham, AL, Nashville, TN. He is a member of the Nashville Songwriter's Association International, ASCAP, NABE, and the Talladega Writers Guild. He is the current president of the Central Alabama Writers Guild and Alliance.
 
 
 
 
David Bennett:

Keynote: "Coming Up Short"

Workshop: "Writing from Your Heart of Hearts"
 
    Even better than writing about what you know is writing about who you know. Besides your Creator, no one knows you better than you—and one of the best ways to touch readers is by telling them who you are, what you've experienced, and how you view life.
- - - -
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.
 
 
 
 
Allen Berry:

Workshop: "JAILBREAK: The Escape Artist’s Guide
                   to Breaking out of Writer’s Block"
 
  Writers block is like a prison where you are locked away from your words and your creativity; nothing to do but sit around and think about what you’ve done… when you could write. If only there was some way to break out. Well, there is. Let Allen Berry show you how to break out of your cell, get back to writing, and leave the prison of Writer’s Block far behind.
- - - -
Dr. Allen Berry is the author of three collections of poetry, and the founder of the Limestone Dust Poetry Festival. He teaches writing and literature at South Georgia State College and Tech and Business Writing online at the University of Alabama Huntsville. He is a veteran writer's block escape artist.
 
 
 
 
Verna Gates:

Workshop: "Travel for Fun and Profit"
 
  Love to discover new places? See how you can translate your wanderlust into dollars. Writing about travel can take you around the world on all-expenses-paid trips. Learn how to get your start in travel writing.
- - - -
Verna is the author of 100 Things to Do in Birmingham Before You Die. She is also the Press Trip Coordinator for Alabama Tourism. She founded Fresh Air Family (freshairfamily.org), a 10,000 member, state-wide organization dedicated to outdoor education. As a reporter, Verna worked for Reuters, TIME and CNN. She is a recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the National Federation of Press Women and has been referred to as "An Alabama Treasure" and "One of Alabama's Unforgettable Faces."
 
 
 
 
Joey Kennedy:

Workshop: "Writing for a Cause"
 
  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 so it as attractive and compelling to others as it is to you.
- - - -
Joey Kennedy, a 1991 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. 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: "Grammar, Punctuation, and the Genres of Professional Writing"
 
  When is a feature story a better choice than a technical story? What’s so important about grammar and punctuation? And why are editors necessary? These questions and more will be covered in this workshop.
- - - -
Veronica Kennedy is a veteran journalist and writing teacher, who has taught composition, literature, and newswriting as an adjunct instructor at several area colleges. She also worked at The Birmingham News for 27 years as a news reporter, feature writer, and copy editor.
     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 gather more than 100,000 likes.
 
 
 
 
 
Margie Littleton:

Icebreaker: "Come prepared to put on your writing hats"
 
 
  If you were there last year, be afraid. Be VERY afraid.  
     
 
 
 
Barry Marks:

Workshop: "Nuts, Bolts and Beyond"
 
  Come and learn some simple devices like allegory, simile, and hyperbole to make your poetry and writing come alive. Workshop will then be “hands on.”
- - - -
Barry Marks earned a B.A. from Emory University in 1974 and his LLM from Emory University in 1985. He then earned his J.D. from the University of Florida in 1986. Barry is the founding shareholder at Birmingham's Marks & Associates, P.C. Since 2005, he has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America®. He has authored or co-authored several professional works on equipment leasing.
When he is not working, Barry finds time to write poetry and the occasional short story. He is a past president of the Alabama State Poetry Society and was the ASPS 'Poet of the Year' in 1999. His first book, Possible Crocodiles, was named ASPS's 'Book of the Year' for 2010 and his second book, Sounding was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award for small press publications. "I guess you could say I am a word geek, if there is such a thing. I write for a living and for recreation."
 
 

Harry Moritz:

Workshop: "So You’ve Written Your Book: Now What?"
 
  Indy versus traditional publishing, agents, what to avoid, editors, and making the best use of your limited money. We’ll cover it all.
- - - -
Harry Moritz is a Veteran of the Army Security Agency with more than 5 years service overseas in Southeast Asia. At the Universities of Wisconsin and Georgia he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Geology. He has two Lifetime Teaching Certificates from the State of California. Harry worked for the Department of the Interior where he ultimately worked for various agencies accumulating more than 34 years of Federal Service before retiring and moving to Pell City in 2005.
     Harry taught several undergraduate geology courses and has designed and taught advanced courses in Internet and Website Design and Use of Personal Computer. Harry received the first (ever) Department of the Interior National Award for eCommerce for web design and manages Rita's personal website, ritamoritz.com where she makes her book (and eBook) "So You Love a Prodigal" available and her blog "A Way in the Wilderness" which has had as many as 25,000 hits. He also designed and maintains the website for the Alabama State Poetry Society. Harry is engaged in marketing all of Rita's publications. Additionally, Harry co-founded the Writers Anonymous writing group in Pell City and serves in WA as Board Member.
 
 
 
 
Rita Moritz:

Keynote: "How Do You Know You Can't If You've Never Even Tried?"

Workshop: "Writing That Touches Hearts and Changes Lives"
 
 
  This workshop focuses on “Call to Action” and “Devotional / Inspirational Writing.”
- - - -
Rita Moritz is an author, poet, blogger, editor, and inspirational speaker, who often speaks at churches, civic groups, and ladies' conferences. She is also the founder and president of Writers Anonymous (WA), a local group of creative writers, who meet the first Thursday of every month in Pell City. Collectively, WA have garnered nearly 150 poetry awards in a little more than a year. It has been said of her that she is "the fearless leader, the perpetual cheerleader, the gentle guide, and tenacious teacher of this inspired group of writers."
     Rita is the author of Precious Poems: A Journey of Hope, which was published in 2013. She has been published in Educational Leadership, Indeed magazine, and Open Windows, and has won numerous awards for her poetry. She has recently published her second book, So You Love a Prodigal. She is also the author of a blog, "A Way in the Wilderness," which reaches over 25,000 people from all over the world every month. Rita was the unanimous selection for the Alabama State Poetry Society's 'Poet of the Year' award for 2017.
 
 
 
 
P.T. Paul:

Workshop: "Writing for Radio: Can You See What I’m Saying?"
 
 
  Have you ever written for a live weekly radio show in which you had approximately three minutes to read an original poem to a mixed audience? I have, and as a result, I have refined a special approach to writing poetry, one that leans heavily on the writers’ axiom; “Show, don’t tell.” In this workshop, we will review this practical approach to writing poetry that has enabled me to successfully write an original poem for over 200 radio shows. All these concepts apply to writing prose.
- - - - -
P.T. Paul received her B.A. in English from the University of Montevallo, and her M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of South Alabama. Her first book, "To Live & Write in Dixie" is available from Negative Capability Press and Amazon. P.T. was the "2014 Poet of the Year" for the Alabama State Poetry Society and past president of the Pensters Writing Group. She has been poet in residence on “Culturally Speaking with Tod Jonson, Man About Town” on WABF-AM 1480 since the inception of the program in January of 2014. Archived episodes of “Culturally Speaking” are available on wabfradio.com and may be accessed by choosing Audio Archives from the menu. P.T. teaches “An Introduction to Poetry Writing” at Coastal Alabama Community College, formerly Faulkner State Community College in Fairhope. Her poetry has been published in the 10th Anniversary Edition of Literary Mobile, Thirty Three the 33rd Anniversary Anthology of Negative Capability Press, the Oxford American Magazine, the Birmingham Arts Journal, Avocet - A Journal of Nature Poems, the Austin International Poetry Festival Anthology, and other publications.
 
 
 
 
Ellen Sallas:

Workshop #1: "Creating Characters Readers Won’t Hate
                        (Unless You Want Them To)"


Workshop #2: "Building and Executing the Perfect Plot
                        (a.k.a. Keeping the Reading Hooked)"
 
  Characters bring your plot to life. You simply cannot have a good plot, much less a great one, with flat, lifeless, uninteresting characters. We’re going to look deep into HOW to create good characters and HOW to bring them to life. (If you would like to also attend Session Two, we will take these amazing characters and set them to excellent and titillating plots.)
- - - - -
PLOT HAPPENS when your character moves. Now that we have a handle on WHO your character is (Session One), let’s put him to work first examining STORYTELLING; it’s not about giving away information, but withholding it. The information itself is never as important as the path traveled to get there. The journey must satisfy the reader. And then keep your reader hooked with SUSPENSE, which is about creating anticipation. It is about watching events unfold. Let’s get started!
- - - -
Ellen is Editorial Director of Little Roni Publishers, as well as founder of The Author’s Mentor, and is a widely sought keynote speaker for book clubs, schools, and education organizations all over the south, including Beeson Divinity School at Samford University. Under the pen name Ellen C. Maze, she authored the #1 Bestseller Paranormal Thriller Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider, among many other titles in different genres. See more at ellencmaze.com.
 
 
 
 
 
Constance Smith:

Workshop: "Blogging"
 
 
  Blogging is the fastest and easiest way to get your message and writing out in the public, but where to begin? Constance will take you through the basic steps to empower your leap into the digital world of blogging. After you have been blogging for a little while and have a handle on the basics, you want to take it to the next level. Constance will help you to do just that by giving you some basic tools for growing your audience as well as some of the ways you can earn money through blogging.
- - - - -
Constance Smith is a lifestyle & food blogger at cosmopolitancornbread.com. She’s had an online presence since 1998 and has been blogging since 2006. Having been around the block and all over the world for the last 24+ years, her family is now settling in Alabama after arriving in the summer of 2013. Her hobbies include photography, painting, kayaking, hiking, hunting and drinking lots of coffee. Anywhere Constance goes, she chronicles her journey with her readers – from creating family-friendly recipes to hiking in the wilderness of Alaska, and now planting roots in the Tennessee Valley. Portions of her content have been published in local and national print.
 
 
 
 
Jackie Warren Tatum:

Workshop: "The ABC’s of Indy Author Marketing"
 
  We will explore WHEN—DURING THE WRITING—that marketing a book actually begins; we will examine critical “must knows” for an author BEFORE publication in order to be able to successfully market a book; and we will focus on understanding the key element of marketing: what it really means.
- - - -
Jackie Warren Tatum’s Unspeakable Things a novel is a tale of loss and devastating truth woven into a crime thriller. The week after the novel’s release at Lemuria Books, Jackson, MS, in December, 2016, it was their best seller second only to their subscription First Editions Club. Lemuria Books scheduled Jackie for a One Year Anniversary Book Signing of Unspeakable Things a novel in December, 2017.
Jackie is the mother of two sons and the grandmother of eight grandchildren and one grandson-in law. She enjoys meeting new people at speaking and books events, writing her second novel, and chasing her rescue dog Dallas out of the front yard vegetable garden.
 
 
 
 
Adam Vines:

Workshop:
"Iambic Pentameter, the Foundation of Formal Poetry"
 
  In this workshop, we will talk about common pitfalls you may encounter when writing in meter and which variations and substitutions are acceptable.
- - - - -
Adam Vines graduated with his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He then received his MFA from the University of Florida in 2006, where he also taught and earned the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University Writing Program in 2005. He is now an assistant professor of English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he is Editor of the Birmingham Poetry Review and Director of the English Honors Program.
     He has published poems in Poetry, Kenyon Review, Southwest Review, The Literary Review, The Hopkins Review, Barrow Street, Five Points, Green Mountains Review, 32 Poems, among others. He is the author of Out of Speech (LSU Press, 2018) and The Coal Life (U of Arkansas P, 2012) and coauthor of Day Kink (Unicorn Press, 2018) and According to Discretion (Unicorn Press, 2015).
   Adam has been the editor of Birmingham Poetry Review since 2011. In 2012, Adam was among the featured debut poets in Poets and Writers, and was granted the Individual Artist Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts in 2013. His collection of poetry The Coal Life was nominated for The Poet’s Prize in 2014.
 
 
 
 
Sue Walker:

Workshop: "You have to Revise—your work, your life—i.e. William Stafford"
 
  Sue's workshop will focus on making your work and making yourself into your own prize-winning masterpiece.
- - - -
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. From 2003 to 2012, Sue served as the Poet Laureate of Alabama. She has spoken and given workshops throughout the U.S.A. and abroad. Sue is the President of the Alabama Writers’ Conclave. Sue Walker founded Negative Capability Press, a small press publishing house which is based in Mobile, Alabama.
 
 
 
 

Member, Pell City
Chamber of Commerce

 
 

This website was designed and is maintained by Writers Anonymous.us
The WebMaster is Harry Moritz. This page was last revised on January 22, 2018.
The Web Site is maintained by
Writers Anonymous in Pell City, Alabama.
Like the entire universe, this website is powered by:
Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

agenda, Alabama, Anonymous, attend, Baptist, blogging, books, Church, Conference, Cropwell, editing, encouragement, expertise, February, February 28, fiction, genre, Greet, Library, Media, Meet, Mid-Winter, non-fiction, Northeast, PayPal, Pell City, Platform, poetry, Public, published author, Reading, register, registration, Registration, Round Robin, Saturday, Seddon, Social, Writers Anonymous, Writers, agenda, Alabama, Anonymous, attend, Baptist, blogging, books, Church, Conference, Cropwell, editing, encouragement, expertise, February, February 28, fiction, genre, Greet, Library, Media, Meet, Mid-Winter, non-fiction, Northeast, PayPal, Pell City, Platform, poetry, Public, published author, Reading, register, registration, Registration, Round Robin, Saturday, Seddon, Social, Writers Anonymous, Writers, agenda, Alabama, Anonymous, attend, Baptist, blogging, books, Church, Conference, Cropwell, editing, encouragement, expertise, February, February 28, fiction, genre, Greet, Library, Media, Meet, Mid-Winter, non-fiction, Northeast, PayPal, Pell City, Platform, poetry, Public, published author, Reading, register, registration, Registration, Round Robin, Saturday, Seddon, Social, Writers Anonymous, Writers, agenda, Alabama, Anonymous, attend, Baptist, blogging, books, Church, Conference, Cropwell, editing, encouragement, expertise, February, February 28, fiction, genre, Greet, Library, Media, Meet, Mid-Winter, non-fiction, Northeast, PayPal, Pell City, Platform, poetry, Public, published author, Reading, register, registration, Registration, Round Robin, Saturday, Seddon, Social, Writers Anonymous, Writers, agenda, Alabama, Anonymous, attend, Baptist, blogging, books, Church, Conference, Cropwell, editing, encouragement, expertise, February, February 28, fiction, genre, Greet, Library, Media, Meet, Mid-Winter, non-fiction, Northeast, PayPal, Pell City, Platform, poetry, Public, published author, Reading, register, registration, Registration, Round Robin, Saturday, Seddon, Social, Writers Anonymous, Writers, agenda, Alabama, Anonymous, attend, Baptist, blogging, books, Church, Conference, Cropwell, editing, encouragement, expertise, February, February 28, fiction, genre, Greet, Library, Media, Meet, Mid-Winter, non-fiction, Northeast, PayPal, Pell City, Platform, poetry, Public, published author, Reading, register, registration, Registration, Round Robin, Saturday, Seddon, Social, Writers Anonymous, Writers,