No matter what your specific interest is or your favorite genre, this is a conference for all who share the love of writing.
Set for Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Pell City Center , the event is open to all writers, no matter what their preferred interest or their level of expertise and experience.
Sponsored by Writers Anonymous, in conjunction with the Pell City Board of Education and Pell City Center, the conference offers writers and aspiring writers the opportunity to develop their skills and gain helpful insight through a variety of workshops and general sessions.
These will cover a host of topics on everything from harnessing your creativity to publishing and marketing your work and just about everything in between.
“We are excited to be able to bring this conference to Northeast Alabama,” said conference director and Writers Anonymous founder Rita Moritz. “Our agenda is robust, and our presenters have a proven record in their areas of expertise. Whether your genre is poetry, fiction, non-fiction or blogging, there will be something here for you.”
The Mid-Winter Writers Conference Jennifer Rash as the key speaker.
Rash’s topic is “Why Writing and Writers Are Still Relevant.”
As executive editor of “The Alabama Baptist,” Rash oversees its weekly production. She is an honors graduate of the University of Alabama, where she won the Outstanding Journalism Student Award, and she has a master’s of theological studies from Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham. She has been with The Alabama Baptist since 2002, and is a past president of the Baptist Communicators Association.
Moritz will also speak, and chose the topic “How Do You Measure Success?”
Moritz is a popular motivational and inspirational speaker. A published author, her works have been included in the “Educational Leadership Journal, “The Greenville Standard, “ “The Alabama Baptist” and “Indeed Magazine.”
Her poetry has also been published in a number of publications, and also in her own recent publication of a collection of poems titled “Precious Poems: A Journey of Hope.”
Moritz’s non-fiction book, “Precious Prodigal,” is currently being considered by a publisher.
General sessions for all who attend include “Tapping into Your Creativity” by Margie Littleton, and “How to Keep From Shooting Yourself in the Foot: Basics of Submittal,” by Jennifer Rash. Participants may also choose to attend one of the workshops from the following choices: “So You Want to See Your Book in a Bookstore . . . What to Expect” by Rhett Barbaree; “Coping with Copyright: What Every Writer Should Know” by Barry Marks and Pat Clotfelter;
“Fiction: Essential Elements Every Story Needs” by Melanie Dickerson
“Self-Publishing: The Potential, The Pitfalls, The Process” by Urainah Glidewell; “Not Your Grandmother’s Research: Interviewing, Researching, and Writing Historical Non-Fiction” by Kathy McCoy;
“Developing Your Electronic Social Media Platform” by Harry Moritz;
“Non-Fiction, Inspirational, and Devotionals: The Nuts and Bolts” by Rita Moritz; “Clean Up Your Act: Editing — Is It Necessary, How Much Does It Cost, and What Should I Expect for My Money?” by Ellen Sallas; and “Not Every Word You Write is Precious: How Editing Can Improve Your Poetry” by Joe Whitten.
Notes and or outlines from the sessions and workshops will be available online from the website after the conference. You may visit the Conference Home Page for additional information at http://tinyurl.com/KDQOYT3.
The conference will begin promptly at 9 a.m. and continue until 4:30 p.m. with check-in starting at 7:30 a.m. Complimentary coffee and Danish pastries will be provided for the early arrivals. The registration fee, which is due at the time of registration, includes all workshops, keynote presentations and lunch. Be sure to take advantage of the early registration fee of $50 (registration that is completed online or printed and sent by mail, and postmarked on or before Feb. 10, 2014.)
The late registration fee (after Feb. 10 or at the door, if space is available) is $60. Current paid members of Writers Anonymous or the Alabama State Poetry Society are eligible for a discounted fee of $35. Students pay a registration fee of $25 if they are currently enrolled at any high school, college or university. Payment may be completed by mail (using the printed downloadable application) or online (with payment via PayPal). Space is limited to 200, so participants are urged to register early to guarantee a spot.
Guests arriving early are invited to attend an informal “Greet and Meet” Friday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pell City Public Library. Light refreshments will be served and there will be an opportunity to participate in (or listen to) a “Round Robin” Poetry Reading at 7 p.m.
For additional information about the Mid-Winter Writers Conference, including reservation information, additional details on workshops and presentations, directions and maps, or information on local lodging, you may visit the Conference Home Page at http//tinyurl.com/KDQOYT3 or contact Rita Moritz at 205-814-9852 (voice messaging enabled) or firstname.lastname@example.org.