RWS Writers Weekend Conference 

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We Are Virtual!


Saturday, April 24, 2021



Conference Sessions

9:00 am - 6:00 pm (CST)

Conference Registration Ends April 17th

RWS Writers Weekend


 Saturday, April 24, 2021


Virtual Via Zoom




Epiphany "Big Piph" Morrow


Luncheon Keynote Speaker Jessica Roberts

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Epiphany "Big Piph" Morrow

Hip-Hop Ambassador. Speaker. Creative. Innovator. World Builder.

Author. Advocate for Justice.
Speaker. Motivator.
Podcast Host.


2021 Conference Agenda

Saturday, April 24, 2021


  9:00am –   9:05am              Welcome (Janis F. Kearney & Iris M. Williams)

  9:10am –   9:40am              Motivational Speaker: Epiphany "Big Piph" Morrow

  9:45am –   9:55am              Writers Circle: Janis F. Kearney

10:00am – 10:55am              Southern Stories Anthology Panelists

11:00am – 11:45pm              Lunch/Keynote Speaker: Jessica N. Roberts

11:50am 12:05pm              **Break**

12:05pm – 12:50pm              Audio Books Presentation: W.B. Ward

12:55pm –   1:40pm              Poetry Panelists

  1:45pm –   2:30pm              Writing Clinic II: Renee LaViness

  2:35pm –   3:20pm              RWS Guest Presenter: Thomasema Pannell

  3:25pm –   4:10pm              Marketing Presentation: Phyllis Hodges

  4:15pm –   5:00pm              Networking Presentation: Brittany Reese

  5:05pm –   5:35pm              Readers Roundtable

                                             *Limited to 10 readers/3 minute limit/Email to register.

  5:40pm – 6:00pm                Closing

                                             *Thank you! Don't forget your survey!

Southern Stories Anthology Authors (Edith Calloway, Nichelle Christian, Eartha Dunston, Tanja Enoch, Phyllis Hodges, Janetta Kearney, Renee LaViness, and Jonelle Lipscomb)

Panel of Poets (Jennifer 'Coffy' Davis, Jamie Mayes, Sharay "Essmora' Morris, & Ronald M. Smith, Sr.)

**Book Review**


Join Author and Advocate for Justice, Jessica N. Roberts for a discussion of her book, Triumphant!

The author will read a few of her favorite excerpts from the book, share insight, and answer audience questions.

Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm (CST)

Meeting ID: 865 1961 1267 / Passcode: 194396

*Note: You will need to log out of the Read.Write.Share.Writers Weekend Conference zoom account and use the link above to log into the book club discussion. The discussion will begin promptly at 6:00 pm CST.

What to Expect



Camaraderie – For most writers, there is an immediate spirit al connection as you find yourselves among writers who are as passionate about the written word and story-sharing as you are. This weekend is more than just a learning experience, for some, it is also the beginning of a spiritual journey.


Literary Exposure – Each of our presenters represents diverse literary genres and experiences, and they are excited to share them with you. We implore you to learn from these artists’ journeys – their successes, their failures, and their lessons. New and emerging writers tend to learn more from the experience of others than from books.


A New Literary Beginning – If you are brand-new at writing, view this experience as “the first day of the rest of your writing life.” Join us as you take that first step among new friends, mentors, and people who believe in you, and want you to succeed.

Allow us to become your Literary Family and you will never be able to get rid of (and you will not want to!). Our team loves new family members. We will be there when and if you need encouragement, a book writing brainstorming session or a celebration of your literary successes along the way.


Education – Yes, it’s a feel-good atmosphere, but most importantly, you will leave RWS Writers Weekend with an infinite knowledge about writing, resources, and skills that will result in huge returns on your investment.

Prizes – We're bringing back our Writing Contest (certificates and cash awarded), adding hourly door prizes, and this year we are offering a raffle for a chance to win one-on-one writing coaching sessions and a basic publishing package! *Restrictions apply. Must be present to win.

Readers Roundtable – Back by popular demand! Conference participants will be allowed to read from their current or former body of work at no additional cost. (You must register. Limited slots available.)

Bring A Friend/Chance to Win - Share this information with a friend. When they register and list you as their referral, you are entered in a drawing for a chance to win coaching sessions or a publishing package! (Restrictions apply!)


We can’t wait to meet you (or see you again)! Register now! Share this information with a friend!


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Conference reviews



“As a first-time writer, I received valuable information.”

“The environment was exciting and inviting!”


“I loved being around people who shared the same literary passion.”

“The location was perfect!”

“I loved all of it and wished I’d told more people about it.”

“A wonderful experience.”

“I found the conference very informative.”

“What a great networking opportunity. The setting was intimate, and everyone was warm and welcoming.”


“I liked the read and writing sessions. Feedback and networking were invaluable.”

“The staff was well organized.”

“The luncheon speaker was great.”

“The group editing session was my favorite.”

“I loved the variety of topics and the panel discussion.”