Annual Conference

 

               
                                Writing Contests, Workshops, Networking, Manuscript Evaluations,

Publishers, Editors, Book Signings, Bookstore, Vendors, and more!


DEADLINES
January 15, 2015 - Scholarship Applications
February 1, 2015 - Contest Entries
March 1, 2015 - Manuscript Evaluation Entries
March 15, 2015 - Hotel Conference Rate Expires
March 28, 2015- Early Registration Rate Ends


CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Click here for the conference schedule.


REGISTRATION FORM
Click here for online registration and payment.
Click here for paper registration and pay by check.


EVENT LOCATION & HOTEL RESERVATIONS
DoubleTree Hotel
215 S. Illinois Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN
(865) 481-2468
$89/night plus tax (Conference Rate)
Rate expires March 15, 2015 or sold-out.


SCHOLARSHIPS
A limited number of scholarships are available based on need and interest in writing. The deadline for requesting a scholarship is January 15, 2015. For more information please contact us at scholarships@tmwi.org


CONTEST RULES
Click here for the contest rules.


CONTEST AWARDS
First Place - $100 + Plaque
Second Place - $50 + Certificate
Third Place - $25 + Certificate
Honorable Mention(s) - Certificate
Sue Ellen Hudson Excellence in Writing Award - $100 + Trophy


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

In the event of any change, the information will be posted here.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evelyn Coleman - Banquet Speaker & Writing for Young People
Evelyn Coleman, an Edgar-nominated, award-winning author, writes across genres from picture books to young adult and adult novels. Coleman’s latest books, Freedom Train and the American Girl doll’s book, Cecile’s Cameo Necklace, have also received glowing reviews. Visit storylineonline.net to watch James Earl Jones and Amber Rose Tamblyn reading Coleman’s picture books, To Be a Drum and White Socks Only. Coleman’s adult thriller, What a Woman’s Gotta Do (Random House), was lauded by Booklist for its “vivid details and suspense.” The Dallas Weekly Free Press called it “mesmerizing, richly detailed and impeccably researched,” while the Chicago Tribune described it as a “thrilling and suspenseful journey.”

 


Gwyn Hyman Rubio - Fiction & General Session
Discover Great New Writers selection and a 1998 New York Times Notable Book. Her second novel, The Woodsman’s Daughter, published in 2005, was nominated for the PEN/ Faulkner Award and was the finalist for the Kentucky Literary Award. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Press Editors’ Book Award and has appeared in literary magazines around the country. She is a winner of the Cecil Hackney Literary Award as well as a recipient of grants from the Kentucky Arts Council and the Kentucky Foundation for Women.

 


Jason Howard - Nonfiction
Jason Howard is the author of A Few Honest Words: The Kentucky Roots of Popular Music, a work of literary journalism that explores how the land and culture of Kentucky have shaped American music. He is coauthor of Something’s Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal, and is editor of the forthcoming anthology The Women We Love: A Gay Homage, which pays tribute to the relationship between gay writers and significant females in their lives. He was recently named editor of Appalachian Heritage, a literary quarterly based at Berea (KY) College.

 


Lisa Coffman - Poetry
Lisa Coffman’s most recent collection of poetry, Less Obvious Gods, was published by Iris Press in 2013. Her first collection, Likely, won the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize from Kent State University Press. She has received fellowships for her poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Bucknell University’s Stadler Center for Poetry. Her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, most recently The Southern Poetry Anthology, Vol. VI: Tennessee. She teaches at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.


J. Randy Marshall - Editing & Publishing
J. Randy Marshall has served as senior literary editor of Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts since 2009. His poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in Richmond Arts Magazine, New South (formerly Georgia State University Review), Cream City Review, Diode, and Blackbird. He co-edited The Gazer Within, a selection of critical prose by Larry Levis, which has published in 2001 as part of the University of Michigan Press Poets on Poetry series. Marshall is an adjuct instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University.


Specialty Session Leaders


 


Jennie Ivey - Inspirational Nonfiction
Jennie Ivey is the author of numberous works of fiction and nonfiction, including the books Tennessee Tales the Textbooks Don't Tell, E Is for Elvis, and Soldiers, Spies & Spartans: Civil War Stories from Tennessee. She writes a weekly personal column for her local newspaper the (Cookeville, TN) Herald-Citizen. Ivey is a regular contributor to Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazine and has stories in dozens of Chicken Soup for the Soul collections. She has taught creative writing at numerous conferences and workshops.

 


Karen E. Reynolds - Songwriting
Lisa Karen E. Reynolds is an award-winning singer/songwriter who has shared the stage with some of the industry's finest. She has recently signed to an artist-and-staff writer publishing deal with Regenerate Music Company, a subsidiary of a major label in Nashville. She owns and operates an agency that provides consultation and career coaching to artists wishing to further their careers, and is host and program director of "Writer's Block," a radio program showcasing independent artists. She has taught songwriting and music business for the University of Tennessee and Kent State University.

 


Pamela Schoenewaldt - Historical Fiction
Pamela Schoenewaldt’s first historical novel, When We Were Strangers (HarperCollins, 2013), was a USA Today Bestseller, a major book club pick, and a Barnes & Noble Great Discovery. Swimming in the Moon (HarperCollins, 2013). a runner-up for the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction, was cited for its moving treatment of immigration, worker rights, and mental illness. Her short stories have appeared in international literary magazines. She has taught writing at the University of Maryland and at the University of Tennessee, where she was writer in residence.

 


Dr. Lin Stepp - Writing and Marketing Your Book
Dr. Lin Stepp is an adjunct faculty member at Tusculum College, where she teaches research, and at King University, where she teaches psychology and counseling courses. She is the author of six novels set in the Great Smoky Mountains: Down by the River, Second Hand Rose, Delia’s Place, For Six Good Reasons, Tell Me About Orchard Hollow, and The Foster Girls. Her next Smokies novels include Makin’ Miracles and Saving Laurel Springs. Stepp and her husband have published a Smokies hiking guide titled The Afternoon Hiker.

 

Panel Discussion - All About Agents


 

Beverly Connor
Beverly Connor is the author of the Diane Fallon Forensic Investigation series and the Lindsay Chamberlain Archaeology Mystery series. She received the 2004 Career Achievement Award in Suspense from RT BOOKClub magazine; her novel One Grave Less was name Best Suspense Novel of 2010 by RT Bookreviews.

 

Christy Tillery French
Christy Tillery French is an internationally published, award-winning author whose books cross several genres. She is best known for the Appalachian Journey series she co-writes with her sister Cyndi Hodges under the pseudonym CC Tillery, which has topped several best-seller lists and been chosen by numerous book clubs across America.

 

Pamela Schoenewaldt
Pamela Schoenewaldt’s first historical novel,When We Were Strangers (HarperCollins, 2013), was USA Today Bestseller, a major book club pick, and a Barnes & Noble Great Discovery.Swimming in the Moon (HarperCollins, 2013). a runner-up for the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction, was cited for its moving treatment of immigration, worker rights, and mental illness. Her short stories have appeared in international literary magazines. She has taught writing at the University of Maryland and at the University of Tennessee, where she was writer in residence.

This event is funded in part under an agreement with the
Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.