MARILYN H. COLLINS: Marilyn, an award-winning author of nonfiction books and over 100 magazine/newspaper
features, will help you Turn Memory into Story. Join this lively, interactive workshop for both beginning and seasoned memoir
writers. Dust off your boxes of notes, dig out your pictures, and focus on the most fascinating main character you know. YOU!
We’ll hone the skills needed to write and recognize the worth of your stories, unscramble memorabilia, and write lively,
interesting copy. You are the only person who can write your story from your point of view. Share life as you saw it happen.
Whether you are writing for family members or for publication, this workshop is for you!
TED PARKHURST has owned entrepreneurial book publishing
companies in Little Rock for thirty-three years. The first company he founded, August House Publishers, Inc., published more
than 600 titles during his 27 years as president. Parkhurst then sold it to an Atlanta group, which was so impressed with
its market dominance that they changed the name of their company to August House. In 2008, with the help of a private investor,
he formed Parkhurst Brothers, Inc., Publishers, where he is now president. Parkhurst Brothers started as a publisher of public
issues titles such as Simple, Not Easy, a book by one of the Little Rock Nine, Dr. Terrence Roberts of Pasadena,
California. Parkhurst Brothers has since branched out to award-winning fiction such as Dr. Judson Hout’s The Ghost
of Bud Parrott, a racial-healing novel set in Newport, Arkansas. New titles for 2012 include artist Jane F. Hankins’
novel, Madge’ Mobile Home Park, set in the imaginary village of Peavine, Arkansas. Future releases will mostly
arise out of the traditional storytelling movement in the USA, which Mr. Parkhurst recently served as Chairman of the National
8:00 – 8:30 Registration
8:30 – 8:45 Opening
8:45 – 9:45 MARILYN
Turn Memory into Story.
TED PARKHURST Information about what publishers expect from writers seeking publication.
11:30-1:00 Luncheon and awards
1:00 – 2:30 Dr. N.S. BOONE Exploring Form and Content: Epic Proportions
2:45 – 4:00
writers and Skill building
titles his session: “Exploring Form and Content: Epic Proportions.” Nick Boone is an Assistant
Professor of English at Harding University where he teaches American Poetry and Poetry Writing. His publications include articles
on Poe, Hawthorne, Train, Rita Dove and Mark Strand. Dr. Boone is a graduate of Auburn University and has
been at Harding since 2007. He also co-sponsors, with Dr. Michael Claxton, the student group Souvenirs. This group
is devoted to reading, memorizing, and presenting great works of literature. Recent programs have included day-long readings
of “The Illiad” and “Paradise Lost".
CHRISTINE HENDERSON AND KIMBERLY BUCKNER, will help beginning writers and those who want
to brush up on their skills during the fourth session of the day.
Buckner, President of the Arkansas Chapter of the National Association of Christian Fiction Writers, will use Susan
Mae Warren’s works to discuss Scene and Plot Fundamentals. She is also a member of My Book Therapy, an educational forum
for writers. It was following a retreat with MBT that her second manuscript was a finalist in the nation ACFW Genesis Contest
and won the national “Touched by Love” contest
long-time member, former President and Conference Chairman, Christine Henderson, will share her writing experiences
and Between the Lines, the booklet she has written to help beginning writers. Chris has updated advice to writers
and will discuss: manuscript format, contest requirements, and give information that all need to keep in mind when trying
to break into, or succeed in the writing life. You might call this session a back-to-the-basics lesson, but it is not only
for beginning writers. Anyone who would like to review and/or update their writing skills is encouraged to attend.
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