Each Fall, MTSU Write celebrates its mission by hosting the Creative Writing Conference on the MTSU campus. The Conference brings together students, mentors, alumni, and members of the community for breakout sessions, a keynote, lunch, and graduation to recognize those students who have completed three trimesters with the program.
This year’s conference will be held Saturday, September 10, at the James Union Building on the MTSU campus.
Our keynote speaker for 2016 will be Alice Randall.
Alice Randall is the author of novels The Wind Done Gone, Pushkin and the Queen of Spades, Rebel Yell, and Ada’s Rules. Born in Detroit she grew up in Washington, D.C.. As a Harvard undergraduate majoring in English she studied with Julia Child as well as Harry Levin, Alan Heimert, and Nathan Huggins. After graduation Randall headed south to Music City where she founded Midsummer Music with the idea she would create a new way to fund novel writing and a community of powerful storytellers. On her way to The Wind Done Gone she became the first black woman in history to write a number one country song ( XXX’s and OOO’s); wrote a video of the year (Is There Life Out There); worked on multiple Johnny Cash videos (The Chicken in Black) and wrote and produced the pilot for a prime time drama about ex-wives of country stars (XXX’s and OOO’s) that aired on CBS. She has written with or published some of the greatest songwriters of the era including Steve Earle, Matraca Berg, Bobby Braddock, and Mark Sanders. Four novels later, the award winning songwriter with over twenty recorded songs to her credit is Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University and Faculty Head of Stambaugh House. Her core courses include courses on Country Lyric in American Culture, and Soul Food as text and in text. Randall lives on the University grounds with her husband, David Ewing, a ninth generation Nashvillian who practices green law. Her daughter Caroline Randall Williams graduated from Harvard in 2010 and from Ole Miss in 2015. In addition to being Randall’s favorite co-writer, Randall Williams is Visiting Assistant Professor of English at West Virginia University. After twenty-four years hard at it Randall has come to the conclusion motherhood is the most creative calling of all and health disparity is the dominant civil rights issue of the first quarter of the 21st century.
General registration for the Fall Conference is $60 per person, which includes continental breakfast, lunch, breakout sessions, keynote, and MTSU Write’s recognition of 2016 graduates.
Discounted registration for MTSU Write alums and past mentors, MTSU students and faculty, and Members of The Porch Collective is $40 per person.
Register here: https://secure.touchnet.com/C20134_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=71
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