Tennessee Writers Alliance 2009 WordFest

J.T. Ellison

J.T. Ellison

WordFest 2009 of the Tennessee Writers Alliance is now one for the history books. June 12-13, 2009, the conference took place at beautiful Cumberland University in Lebanon. There were day sessions on fiction, nonfiction, songwriting, poetry, and journalism. Authors William Gay and J. Wes Yoder did readings and signings at Sherlock’s Book Emporium during a Friday night reception.

Session on Character Development

Session on Character Development

J. T. Ellison, author of the critically acclaimed Taylor Jackson series and Best Mystery/Thriller writer of 2008 according to the Nashville Scene, led a session titled “Creating Compelling Characters.”

Eric Wilson

Eric Wilson

Eric Wilson, author of a supernatural suspense trilogy, led a session on conflict. I first met Eric at our local Barnes and Noble writers group before he published his first novel. It was good to reconnect.

Lunch and Keynote Address by Eric Wilson

Lunch and Keynote Address by Eric Wilson

Eric Wilson was also keynote speaker during Saturday’s lunch of fried chicken, green beans, oven-baked potato wedges, and apple pie.

Wyatt Prunty

Wyatt Prunty

Wyatt Prunty, founder and director of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, taught a class on poetry and read some of his favorites and some of his own.

It was a good weekend of mingling and networking with other writers and sharpening skills.

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