The First Annual Southern Expressions Writers Conference was held this past weekend (November 5 - 7, 2010) at the Mary C. O'Keefe Museum in Ocean Springs, MS. There were about 75 attendees with workshops offered in editing, marketing, agent querying, social media as well as in writing both novels and short stories. The workshops were conducted by facilitators from throughout the country.
The event marked my first opportunity to serve as a workshop facilitator, teaching an hour-long workshop each in writing mysteries and book promotion. Fortunately, I was told that both were well-received! Philip Levin, Gulf Coast Writers Association president, plans to conduct the conference again next year, and I would encourage anyone looking for a bargain conference to put it on the calendar ... especially if you are within driving range of the MS Gulf Coast. It was a great educational and networking opportunity. I will post the dates for 2011 when announced.
During the conference, I was interviewed about my novels by William Sackett of Gulf Coast Radio for the "American Forum" series and have included the time-limited link to the interview, which originally aired November 8, 2010.