Tennessee Writers Alliance 2009 WordFestPosted: June 14, 2009
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.
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, 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.
Eric Wilson was also keynote speaker during Saturday’s lunch of fried chicken, green beans, oven-baked potato wedges, and apple pie.
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.