Conferences and Festivals

Sewanee Writer’s Conference
sewaneeThis annual conference, held at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, brings together some of the best talent in the nation for two weeks of creative writing workshops, craft lectures, and other events led by a host of distinguished faculty. Vines was a 2008 Tennessee Williams Scholar at the conference and has been a staff member since 2009.

Auburn Writers Conference
Held at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, this conference is a newer opportunity for writers to work intimately with incredibly talented faculty in workshop environments whose themes vary year to year.

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Each April, the University of Montevallo’s Department of English and Foreign Languages hosts the annual Montevallo Literary Festival, a celebration of creative writing dedicated to bringing literary writers and readers together on a personal scale.

The Writer’s Block
The Writer’s Block Festival, hosted by Louisville Literary Arts, celebrates literature and the writing craft with a range of activities, including readings, panels, guest talks, craft workshops and a print & resource fair.  The contiguous spaces will allow participants to roam from one activity to the next.

Slash Pine Writers Festival
Hosted by Tuscaloosa’s Slash Pine Press, this festival, held at the end of every April, brings together local writers in local spaces. In previous years, the festival has included a writer’s hike as well as readings.


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Hailed as “Alabama’s premier event for those who love to read,” this two-day symposium takes place every spring in Monroeville, Alabama, home of Harper Lee and Truman Capote, among other literary greats.

Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium
The Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium is held each October in honor of the Mississippi University for Women’s most famous alumna. A diverse group of Southern writers and scholars are invited to present their work. A highlight of the symposium is the announcement of the Eudora Welty Prize for an unpublished book of scholarship.