Highlands Writers Conference Keynote Speaker Garrard Conley

Highlands Writers Conference returns to GHC for seventh year

The School of Humanities at Georgia Highlands College (GHC) announces that registration is now open for the seventh annual Highlands Writers Conference.   

The event, held on the college’s Cartersville campus each spring, allows students and local writers to meet with and attend workshops given by professional writers. This year’s event will be held Saturday, March 2, from 9AM to 6PM and is free to all area college students. 

“We want to host an event that celebrates the writing community in Northwest Georgia,” director of the conference and GHC English and Spanish Division Chair Danielle Swanson said. “We have an exceptional lineup this year that provide a great opportunity for anyone interested in all types of writing.” 

Garrard Conley, author of the forthcoming novel “All the World Besides,” will be the keynote speaker at this year’s event. Conley’s memoir, “Boy Erased,” was adapted for film and stars Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe. The movie will be screened the afternoon of the conference, followed by a Q&A with Conley. 

Morning workshops will be led by poet Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, fiction writer Rahad Abir, and romance writer Sally Kilpatrick. Afternoon workshops include poet Ed Pavlic, a Georgia Author of the Year winner; hip-hop scholar Regina Bradley; and young adult novelist Julian Winters.   

“The workshop formats allow writers to come away having created their own work or invigorated to go home and focus on writing,” Swanson said. “The event is so positive and so fun, and I am happy to be a part of this wonderful event.” 

For an additional $50, participants can have their work read and critiqued during one of the workshop times.   

Register today at hwc.highlands.edu. Access your future at GHC and apply today. Connect with an admissions counselor at go.highlands.edu or enroll today at apply.highlands.edu