Auburn University to host writers conference in October

AUBURN – Auburn University will welcome writers, readers and interested others to its 2011 Writers Conference Oct. 7-8 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. Using “Myth, Memory and the Haunted Muse” as its theme, the conference will lead participants in an exploration of how writers use the idea of “the haunted” to move their characters forward.

Auburn’s College of Liberal Arts’ Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Department of English will host the conference in partnership with the College of Education’s Truman Pierce Institute.

Speakers will include three bestselling authors from the New York Times: keynote speaker Joshilyn Jackson who wrote “Gods in Alabama” and “Backseat Saints”; Arts and Humanities Distinguished Speaker Mark Kurlansky whose works include “What?”, “Edible Stories” and “The World Without Fish”; and Rachel Hawkins, author of “Hex Hall” and “Demonglass.”

Other visiting authors include young adult novelists Roger Reid and Victoria Schwab; fiction writer Evelina Galang; essayist Patricia Foster; Richard Goodman, founder of the New York Writers Workshop; Jeanie Thompson, poet and director of the Alabama Writers’ Forum; and Wendy Reed, author and television and radio producer. Authors will lead workshops and read from their work.

For more information about the conference and to register, go to and select Auburn Writers Conference 2011 at the top of the page. The registration fee for the full conference is $200; for Friday only, $150; for Saturday only, $100 and for students, $40.

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(Contributed by Maiben Beard.)

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