TMW Past Conference Speakers, Workshop & Special Session Leaders


2015 Annual Conference

Awards Banquet Speaker - Evelyn Coleman

General Session Speaker - Gwyn Hyman Rubio

Fiction - Gwyn Hyman Rubio
Nonfiction - Jason Howard
Poetry - Lisa Coffman
Writing for Young People - Evelyn Coleman
Editor Session - J. Randy Marshall
Special Sessions:
     Inspirational Nonfiction- Jennie Ivey
     Writing and Marketing Your Book - Dr. Lin Stepp     
     Historical Fiction - Pamela Schoenewaldt
     Songwriting - Karen E. Reynolds
All About Agents Panel Discussion - Beverly Connor and Christy Tillery French


2014 Annual Conference

Awards Banquet Speaker - Crystal Wilkinson

General Session Speaker - Scott Huler

Fiction - Crystal Wilkinson
Nonfiction - Scott Huler
Poetry - Joseph Bathanti
Writing for Young People - Helen Hemphill
Editor Session - Kate Larken
Special Sessions:
     Blogging - Kory Wells
     Marketing Self-published Books - Kathy Womack     
     Memoir - Darnell Arnoult
     Playwriting - Lisa Soland
     Songwriting - Karen Larken


2013 Annual Conference

Awards Banquet Speaker - Dana Wildsmith

Fiction & General Session- Abigail DeWitt
Nonfiction - Dana Wildsmith, Darnell Arnoult
Poetry - Connie Jordan Green
Writing for Young People - George Ella Lyon
Editor Session - Judy Geary
Special Sessions:
     Writing for Storytelling - Finn Bille
     Christian Publishing - Ami McConnell
     Graphic Novels - Bobby Nash
     Writing Groups/Networking - Sandra Plant
     Writing for Newspapers/Magazines/Internet/Blogs - Sandra Plant


 2012 Annual Conference

Awards Banquet Speaker & General Session Speaker- Lorraine Lopez

Fiction - Joseph Bathanti
Nonfiction - Karen McElmurray
Poetry - Rita Quillen
Writing for Young People - Doris Gove
Editor Session - Katy Koontz
Special Sessions:
     Social Media - Terri Grigsby Brooks
     E-book Publishing - Charles Connor
     Writer without a Publisher - Dac Crossley
     Promoting Your Nonfiction Book - James & Lynda O'Connor
     Songwriting - Karen E. Reynolds


2011 Annual Conference

Awards Banquet Speaker - Susan Gregg Gilmore

Fiction & General Session Speaker - Darnell Arnoult
Nonfiction - Jim Minick
Poetry - Bill Brown
Writing for Young People - Evelyn Coleman
Editor Session - Chris Roerden
Special Sessions:
     Travel Writing - Gloria Ballard
     Playwriting - Lisa Soland
     Internet Research - Beverly Connor
     Building an Internet Presence - Kevin Watson


2010 Annual Conference

Awards Banquet Speaker - Sam Venable

Fiction & General Session Speaker - J.T. Ellison
Nonfiction - Jon Egerton
Poetry - Linda P. Marion
Writing for Young People - Candi Moonshower
Editor Session - Katy Koontz
Special Sessions:
     Videography - KJeith McDaniel
     Internet Research - K'Cindra Cavin
     Column Writing - Jeannie Ivey
     Editing - Katy Koontz
     Cartooning - Charlie Daniel


2009 Annual Conference

Awards Banquet Speaker - Ronda Rich

Fiction - Terry Kay
Nonfiction - Ronda Rich
Poetry & General Session Speaker - Cathy Smith Bowers
Writing for Young People - Lynne Berry
Editor Session - Chris Roerden
Special Sessions:
     Internet Research - Beverly Connor
     Editing - Chris Roerden
     Screenwriting - Keith McDaniel
     Photojournalism - Kelley Walli
     Small Press Publishing - Lynn Cardwell
     Freelance Writing - David Brill


2008 Annual Conference

Awards Banquet Speaker - Peter Jacobi

Fiction & General Session Speaker - Terry Kay
Nonfiction - Anne Shelby
Poetry - Maurice Manning
Writing for Young People - Patricia L. Gauch
Editor Session - Ron Pitkin
Special Sessions:
     Playwriting - Valeria Steele
     Column Writing - Dorothy Senn
     Short Story Writing - Jimmy Carl Harris
     Travel Writing - Gloria Ballard


2007 Annual Conference

Awards Banquet Speaker & General Session - Nikki Giovanni

Fiction - Edward Francisco
Nonfiction - Mim Eichler Rivas
Poetry - Leatha Kendrick
Writing for Young People - Penny Warner
Editor Session - Brian Seidman
Special Sessions:
     Publishing - George Brosi
     Integrating Research - Beverly Connor
     Songwriting- R. B. Morris
     Online Research - Diane Trap


2006 Annual Conference

Awards Banquet Speaker & General Session (Column Writing)- Ina Hughs

Fiction - Lynn York
Nonfiction - Cara Ellen Modisett
Poetry - Gaylord Brewer
Writing for Young People - Michael Shoulders
Special Sessions:
     Finding Great Literary Agents & Getting Their Attention - Gary Patterson
     Incorporating Humor in Writing - Judy DiGregorio
     Five Hallmarks of Good Writing in Any Genre - Ina Hughs
     Historical Research for Fiction and Nonfiction - Robgerta Kells Dorr
     Writing for Specialty Magazines - Margaret Pennycook
     Panel: Writing for Your Local Newspaper - ?


2005 Annual Conference

Awards Banquet Speaker & General Session (Column Writing)- Rheta Grimsley Johnson

Fiction - Darnell Arnoult
Nonfiction - Michael Birdwell
Poetry - Dana Wildsmith
Writing for Young People - Jan Cheripko
Special Sessions:
     Written Word to Spoken Word in Story Telling - Mike and Betty Roe
     Feature Writing - Fred Brown
     Written Word to Song - Joel Reese
     Small Press Publishing - Dr. Bill Robinson, UT Knoxville
     TMW Board Member Session: Teaching Creative Writing - ?
     Roundtable on Small Press Publishers - Jim Johnston, Bob Cummins, Dr. Bill Robinson


2004 Annual Conference

Awards Banquet Speaker & General Session- Robert Morgan

Fiction - Beverly Connor
Nonfiction - Cara Ellen Modisett
Poetry - Jeff Daniel Marion
Writing for Young People - Tracy Barrett
Editor Session - Jason Weems, Overmountain Press
Special Sessions:
     Writing for Radio/NPR - Cara Ellen Modisett
     Self-Publishing - Alex Gabbard
     Speciality Session ? - Jason Weems
     Chicken Soup for the Soul - Joy Margrave
     Roundtable on Geneology - ?
     Roundtable on Critique Groups - ?


2003 Annual Conference

Awards Banquet Speaker & General Session- Silas House

Fiction - Loletta Clouse
Nonfiction - Dennis Covington
Poetry - Cathy Smith Bowers
Writing for Young People - Marie Bradby
Editor Session - Agent Diana Finch from Ellen Levine Literary Agency, Inc.
Special Sessions:
     Presentation & Exhibit - Jason Weems, Overmountain Press
     Presentation & Exhibit - Ryan McMurtry, Vaughan Printing
     Roundtable on Photojournalism - Steven Dekanich and Sue Orr
     Roundtable on Writing for Publication - Alex Gabbard


2002 Annual Conference

Awards Banquet Speaker - Lee Smith

Fiction - Kathy Trocheck
Nonfiction - Peter Stillman
Poetry - Katherine Stripling Byer
Writing for Young People - Lou Kassem
Editor Session - Elfrieda Abbe, Editor of The Writer magazine
Special Sessions:
     Preparing Manuscripts for Publication & Approaching Publishers - Daniel Lewis, Overmountain Press
     From Pen to Publication - Judy DiGregorio
     Big & Small Publishers - Bob Middlemiss
     B Western Movies - Bobby Copeland
     New Ventures in Publishing - Brenda Rollins
     Oral History - Lee Smith
     Special Presentation "Barbara Smith does Lee Smith" - Barbara Smith
     Roundtable on Poetry Markets - Connie Green
     Roundtable on Memoirs - Mona Raridon
     Roundtable on Fiction Markets - Ron Lands


2001 Annual Conference

Awards Banquet Speaker - Steven Womack
Friday Night Session - Donald Maass

Fiction - Laura Underwood
Nonfiction - Michael Birdwell
Poetry - Kate Daniels
Writing for Young People - Suzanne Fisher Staples
Special Sessions:
     Writing the Breakout Novel - Donald Maass, Donald Maass Literary Agency, NY
     Specialty Writing - Alex Gabbard
     Photography for Publication - Alex Gabbard
     Publishing on the Internet - Alex Gabbard
     Internet Contacts - Denise Cruey May
     Selling Your Magazine Articles - Ruth Smalley


2000 Annual Conference

Awards Banquet Speaker - Marilou Awiakta
Wednesday Night Reception Speaker - Dori Sanders
Friday Night Performance Poetry Session - Leslie LaChance

Fiction - Cecelia Tichi
Nonfiction - Steve Harvey
Poetry - Malcolm Glass
Writing for Young People - Patricia Hermes
Inspirational - Martha Hickman
Special Sessions:
     Finding an Agent - Luciene Diver, Spectrum Literary Agency, NYC