Overhead photo of 2022 Highlands Writers Conference.

Registration now open for Highlands Writers Conference

The School of Humanities at Georgia Highlands College (GHC) will host the 2023 Highlands Writers Conference on March 11 at the college’s Cartersville site. The daylong event is free to students of any institution with a student ID, and costs $25 for the general public.  

The event provides an opportunity to learn about professional writing and to improve one’s writing skills in an exciting, but relaxed environment.  

Division Chair for the School of Humanities Danielle Steele said the conference will feature amazing poets, fiction and non-fiction authors, as well as an award-winning screenwriter and a well-known podcaster. 

“We are venturing outside of just traditional print writing and recognizing the evolution of storytelling,” Steele said. “And I believe that everyone has a story to tell, so this is a great chance to learn how to do that better from people who are getting paid to tell their stories.” 

This year’s conference will feature a diverse group of writers, including, for the first time, a children’s book author and a Young Adult author. It will also host a vendor’s area for participants to connect with authors as well as several writing and literary organizations from throughout the state. Participating programs and organizations will include the Atlanta Writers Club, Broadleaf Writers, the Reinhardt University Master of Fine Arts program, Georgia Humanities Council and several others.  

Featured Speaker 

The featured speaker for this year’s conference, LeAnne Howe, is an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and serves as the Eidson Distinguished Professor of American Literature in English at the University of Georgia. 

Howe is the on-camera narrator for a 90-minute PBS documentary, “Indian Country Diaries, Spiral of Fire,” from 2006. In addition, she is the co-producer and writer for the 56-minute “Searching for Sequoyah,” which aired nationally in November 2021 on PBS stations, and for which she and producer James M. Fortier won a Telly Award.  

A film screening for “Searching for Sequoyah” and a following conversation with Howe will be featured at the event at no cost to the public. 

How to Register 

The 2023 Highlands Writers Conference will be held from 9 AM to 5:30 PM on March 11 at the GHC Cartersville site. The event is free to students of any institution with a valid student ID, as well as GHC faculty and staff. The cost is $25 for the general public.  

A limited online option is available for those unable to attend in person. For more information on the event and to register, click here