Duck River Writers' Conference will take place Saturday, April 16, 2016, in the Hickman Building on the Columbia State Community College campus.
The Duck River Writers' Conference is a day devoted to your love of the written word and will include craft lectures, workshops and a reading by Mark Jarman.
Registration will begin at 12:45 p.m. and conference events will continue through the afternoon followed by a catered dinner and reading by noted author and Vanderbilt professor, Mark Jarman.
The registration fee for the conference is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Columbia State students are free but must show Columbia State ID. An additional, non-refundable readers’ fee of $15 is required from those submitting personal manuscripts for the workshop sessions. Payment can be made by check or money order to CSCC – Duck River Writers’ Conference.
The Duck River Writers’ Conference includes three craft talks for poets, fiction writers, and teen writers; specific topics will be chosen by the lecturers. Craft talks are open to all registrants.
Three workshops are offered for poetry, fiction, and creative works written by teens. Workshop participants must submit manuscripts by March 18thto be considered. Please submit three to five poems for poetry; ten pages of fiction for fiction; teen writers may submit a manuscript in either category, or both. DRWC committee members will screen submitted manuscripts and make selections by March 25, 2016. Manuscripts will be forwarded to each workshop leader for review before April 16th. Attendees will receive email confirmations if their manuscripts have been chosen for the workshops. Registrants who did not submit manuscripts may attend the workshops as observers.
Writers can submit their work for a juried reading prior to the conference. Manuscripts must be received by March 18, 2016.
At 5 p.m. all panelists and participants will convene in the Hickman lobby for refreshments and a book signing. The Old Curiosity Book Shop will have selections for sale by our published panelists, as well as our panelists’ essential books on craft.
Following the book signing will be a catered dinner for conference panelists and staff. Conference attendees may purchase separate tickets to the dinner as an optional expense.
Special Evening Reading
The conference will conclude with a reading and book signing by Vanderbilt Centennial professor and award-winning poet, Mark Jarman. This reading is free and open to the public.
After Conference Event
The Old Curiosity Bookshop, located on the square in Columbia, will host an informal get-together for our guest reader, panelists, staff, and attendees. The public is also invited.