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"Many Souths: Remembering, Sustaining, Creating."

The Southern Women Writers Conference at Berry College ended in 2012.
This research guide created for the 2009 conference sustains the legacy of this unique experience shared by hundreds of participants since the conference began in 1996.

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, September 23

4:00-6:00 p.m.          
Registration

Thursday, September 24

8:30a.m.-5:00 p.m.    
Registration

8:30a.m.-5:00 p.m.    
Book Sale

8:30a.m.-9:30 a.m.    
Coffee and pastries

9:00a.m.-10:30 a.m.  
Sessions

11a.m.-12:00 p.m.      
Allison Hedge Coke

12:30-2:00 p.m.        
Lunch/Melissa Faye Greene

2:15-3:45 p.m.         
Sessions/Reading by local
student contest winners

4:00-5:00 p.m.          
Mab Segrest

5:15 p.m.                 
Dinner on your own

7:00 p.m.                 
Natasha Tretheway

Friday, September 25

8:30a.m.-5:00 p.m.   
Registration

8:30a.m.-5:00 p.m.    
Book Sale

8:30a.m.-9:30 a.m.    
Coffee and pastries

9:00a.m.-10:30 a.m.  
Sessions

11 a.m.-12 p.m.        
Thulani Davis

12:30-2:00 p.m.         
Lunch/Judith Ortiz Cofer

2:15-3:45 p.m.          
Sessions

4:15-5:15 p.m.          
Sarah Gordon -- Buzz and Barbara McCoy lecture

6:00-7:30 p.m.          
Dinner/Connie May Fowler

8:30 p.m.                 
Open Mic Night

Saturday, September 26

8:30a.m.-5:00 p.m.    
Registration

8:30a.m.-5:00 p.m.    
Book Sale

8:30a.m.-9:30 a.m.    
Coffee and pastries

8:30-11:30 a.m.        
Fiction and poetry workshops

8:30-9:45 a.m.          
Sessions

10:00-11:30 a.m.      
Sessions

12:00-1:30 p.m.        
Lunch/Sharyn McCrumb

1:30-2:45 p.m.          
Book signing

3:00-4:15 p.m.         
Natalie Daise

4:30-5:45 p.m.         
Reading by Emerging Writers
Contest winners

6:00-7:30 p.m.          
Dinner/Marsha Norman

8:00 p.m.                 
Performance of Marsha Norman's Getting Out.


This schedule is subject to change.
Please check out the SWWC website,
www.berry.edu/swwc2009, for updates.

Welcome!

Thank you for visiting the LibGuide for the Eighth Biennial Southern Women Writers Conference at Berry College.  Browse this homepage for more information on the conference, including a brief schedule of events.  Click the tabs to find out more information on this year's presenters.  Each individual's page includes a brief biography and a full list of published works, including those books available for checkout in Berry College's Memorial Library.  Browse the "Research Guide" tab for a listing of anthologies, literature guides, and guides on southern women writers available in the library. 

About the Conference

The Southern Women Writers Conference at Berry College seeks to recognize the contributions of southern women to American literature.  Scholarly and creative presentations and panel discussions as well as readings and lectures by contemporary authors provide a forum for examining the unique perspectives and concerns of southern women writers of the past and present.  The theme for the eighth biennial conference in 2009 is "Many Souths:  Remembering, Sustaining, Creating."  Speakers and presenters will explore the concepts of "Many Souths," whether geographical or metaphorical, and the ways women writers recall and remember, preserve and sustain, and develop and create them.

The conference also seeks to promote and encourage promising new southern women writers by sponsoring creative writing workshops and an emerging new writers contest in poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction.  The first-place winners in each category of the contest will read from their work during the conference.

For more information on the calls for submissions, the workshops, and Emerging Writers Contest, our featured speakers, the history of the conference, and other details, please visit our Web site at www.berry.edu/swwc2009; email the conference directors at swwc@berry.edu; or call 706-368-6996.