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Register today for the 17th annual symposium • April 24-26, 2014

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   Mark your calendar now for the 17th annual Alabama Writers Symposium in Monroeville, Alabama April 24-26, 2014. Join us to explore the theme “Saints and Sinners” – to challenge your preconceived ideas of good and evil, of real and imagined places, and of where you believe stories begin and end. The lively weekend of literary offerings features readings, signings, an award-winning production of To Kill a Mockingbird and the renowned Readers’ Theatre performed by Alabama’s best.

   Make your reservation today to celebrate our literary heritage with some of the state’s most talented writers. Our 2014 featured writers and scholars include Mark Childress, Charles McNair, Sena Jeter Naslund, Koethi Zan, Richard Anderson, Kirk Curnutt, Glenn Feldman, Wayne Flynt, Anita Miller Garner, Roy Hoffman, Jennifer Horne, Andrew Hudgins, Robert Inman, Sandra Jaffe, May Lamar, Lisa Graves Minor, Don Noble, Jacqueline Allen Trimble, Adam Vines and Jason Walker. We are also pleased to announce Bobby Horton as our featured musician.

Click here to download the 2014 Writers Symposium Registration Form

   We’re thrilled to announce that Monroeville native Mark Childress is the winner of the 2014 Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer. Read more about Mark Childress here. Congratulations to Wayne Flynt, winner of the 2014 Eugene Current-Garcia Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Literary Scholar.

    Every spring Alabama’s literary community gathers in Monroeville, Alabama to celebrate the state’s rich literary heritage at the Alabama Writers Symposium. Some of Alabama’s most celebrated writers and scholars lead discussion sessions, readings and workshops on themes ranging from Literary Gumbo to Murder, Mystery and Mayhem and everything in between. Since the inaugural event in 1997, writers and scholars participating in the event have included Fannie Flagg, Rick Bragg, Kathryn Tucker Windham, Mark Childress, Cynthia Tucker, Carolyn Haines, Winston Groom, Sena Jeter Naslund, Brad Watson, Wayne Flynt, Trudier Harris, Mike Stewart, Daniel Wallace, Jeanie Thompson, Kirk Curnutt, Don Noble, Mary Ward Brown, Warren St. John, Sue Brannan Walker, Wayne Greenhaw, George Plimpton, Sonia Sanchez, Tom Franklin, Sonny Brewer, Gin Phillips, Michelle Richmond, John Hafner, Watt Key and Ace Atkins and dozens more.
    Annual event highlights include the presentation of the Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer and the Eugene Current-Garcia Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Literary Scholar, both made possible through a generous grant from George F. Landegger. The schedule also includes an award-winning community theatre production of To Kill a Mockingbird performed on the lawn and in the courtroom of the historic Monroeville Courthouse. Delicious food, art exhibits, music, booksellers and author signings round out the weekend’s entertainment.
    All events take place in Monroeville on the campus of Alabama Southern Community College, at the Monroeville Community House and the Monroe County Museum downtown. In 1997, the Alabama legislature designated Monroeville and Monroe County as the Literary Capital of Alabama in recognition of the region’s remarkable literary heritage, making Monroeville the perfect setting for the annual celebration of Alabama writers. Among the writers who at one time or another have called Monroeville and Monroe County home are Truman Capote, Harper Lee, Mark Childress, Rheta Grimsley Johnson and Cynthia Tucker.
    The Alabama Writers Symposium is a project of the Alabama Center for Literary Arts and is sponsored by Alabama Southern Community College. The event is produced in cooperation with the Alabama Writers’ Forum, Association of College English Teachers of Alabama, Alabama Center for the Book, Monroe County Heritage Museum, and Monroeville/Monroe County Area Chamber of Commerce. The Alabama Writers Symposium is also supported by the Alabama Humanities Foundation and the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

For more information call Melinda Byrd Murphy at (251) 575-8226
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Photos in banner courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, photographs by Carol M. Highsmith

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