The 2012 Tennessee Mountain Writers Conference
The Tennessee Mountain Writers hosted their annual conference at the Doubletree Hotel in Oak Ridge. This year’s theme was “Write Now” and included workshops on “Poetry,” “Writing and Publishing Children’s Books,” “Writing Memoirs,” “The Craft And Skill of Song Writing,” “How-To’s of E-Books Publishing,” “Social Media for Writers,” “Making Manuscripts Marketable,” “The Right Word vs. the Almost Right Word,” “Introduction to Creative Nonfiction,” “The Case for Self-Publishing,” “Writing Nakedly,” “The Architecture of Story” and “Reimagining the Real.”
I attended this year’s conference along with over 400 members and prospective members. The conference opened with a Thursday night reception and wrapped up with a banquet on Saturday night with keynote speaker, Lorraine Lopez, a teacher in the master of fine arts program at Vanderbilt University and associate editor of the Afro-Hispanic Review and a book author.
Conference attendees were given the opportunity to have manuscript evaluations, meet with vendors and speakers, and purchase member and speaker books. This conference provided educational opportunities for beginning and seasoned writers and is a “must” for any writer. I’m looking forward to their 2013 conference. Details are already available on tmwi.org.