Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Word-Loving Networkers and Educators Unite in Tennessee

Writers of all genres and skill levels attended the 2008 Tennessee Writers Alliance (TWA) Writers’ Conference on June 6-7 at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, Tennessee.

Nine presenters offered expert advice on travel writing, how to self-publish, writing nonfiction, understanding the publishing industry, writing for young adults, and writing for a packager. One class offered a critique of the first page of a manuscript.

Yvonne Perry, owner of Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services, presented two 1.5-hour workshops on Book Promotion in the Digital Age and Online Book Marketing. As a ghostwriter, editor, and promoter, Perry has worked more than 100 books for clients seeking help with manuscript preparation, publishing advice, and book publicity.

About Writers in the Sky and Yvonne Perry: Yvonne Perry is an award-winning author, full-time freelance writer, editor, public speaker, podcast host, blogger, and the owner of Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services. As a networker, Yvonne loves to share her knowledge and connect writers with one another. One way she does this is through Writers in the Sky, her monthly writing newsletter and weekly writing podcast about the craft and business of writing.

Other speakers included Vanderbilt Professor Bill Brown, Tennessean Journalist Gloria Ballard, Lantz Powell, Owner/Agent of Literary Agency for Southern Authors, ETSU Professor Tamara Baxter, Romance Author Tracy Crudup, and Southeastern Louisiana University Professor Jimmy Carl Harris. Day one ended with a reception for participants and presenters at Landmark Booksellers in downtown Franklin.

Keynote Speaker Estelle Condra gave a powerful theatrical performance of “Writing is Like Ketchup!” Condra has performed professionally for Nashville Children’s Theater and Tennessee Repertory Theater as well as acting companies in England and South Africa. Her presentation was followed by the announcement of the 2008 Tennessee Writer of the Year Award and the 2008 Tennessee Literary Legend Award.

About TWA: The Tennessee Writers Alliance is a non-profit organization aimed at supporting the work of Tennessee writers and enhancing the role of literary arts in the state of Tennessee. Current members include experienced professional writers, emerging writers, entertainers, educators, students, publishers, librarians, and book lovers of all sorts. Membership is open to anyone interested in writers and writing.

Contact: Yvonne Perry on her Web site or phone

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