2019 WOW Publishing “Read. Write. Share” Writers Weekend in Little Rock
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Sanderia Faye Keynotes the 2019 Read.Write.Share Weekend

For the first time since its inception, the 2019 Writers Weekend will be held in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Weekend is scheduled for Friday, April 26- Sunday, April 28, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Shackelford Road.  A highlight of the event will be "A Conversation with Sanderia Faye", followed by a book-signing.

About Sanderia Faye

Our 2019 featured guest is Sanderia Faye, award winning author of Mourner's Bench. She serves on the faculty at Southern Methodist University, is an instructor at the 2017 Desert Nights Rising Stars Conference at Arizona State University, and a professional speaker and activist. Her novel, Mourner’s Bench, is the winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in debut fiction, The Philosophical Society of Texas Award of Merit for fiction, and The 2017 Arkansas Library Association, Arkansiana Award. She is co-founder and a fellow at Kimbilio Center for Fiction, and her work has appeared in the anthology Arsnick: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas. Faye moderated the grassroots panel for the Arkansas Civil Rights Symposium during the Freedom Riders 50th Anniversary and is coordinating the first AWP African Diaspora Caucus.

Her work received “Best Of” honors at the 2011 Eckerd College Writers’ Conference, Co –Directors Dennis Lehane and Sterling Watson, where her winning excerpt from the novel was published in SABAL Literary Journal. She received grants and scholarships offers from Hurston/Wright Writers Conference, Eckerd College Writers’ in Paradise Conference, Callaloo Writers Workshop, and Vermont, Writers Studio.  She attended The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow and Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency.  

She holds an MFA from Arizona State University, a MA from the University of Texas at Dallas, a BS in Accounting from the University of Arkansas. She is currently a PhD candidate in English at the University of North Texas where she was nominated for the University of North Texas Wingspan Presidential Award for Excellence.

Our  Conversation with Sanderia Faye will be held on Saturday, April 27, from 11:30 am to 1 p.m., and will be followed by a book signing. The luncheon is open to the public. The cost for non-weekend participants is $35.

Other Weekend session leaders and participants will be announced in early 2019.

About the WOW Read.Write.Share Writers Weekend

The Read.Write.Share (RWS) Writers Weekend was introduced to Arkansas writers in 2016. After a lengthy brainstorming period, independent publishers Janis F. Kearney and Iris Williams created the Writers Weekend as a safe, writing space for new and emerging writers .

The mission of the Writers Retreat and Workshop is to serve as a forum for active writers, and a safe place for new and emerging writers to begin documenting their stories, and sharing them with the world —with their first audience being their fellow weekend participants.

The “Read.Write.Share” Writers Weekend invites writers who are serious about writing, and passionate about learning the business and craft of writing.  

This year, 2019 will mark the third Annual "Read.Write.Share" Weekend. Based on surveys of past participants, the weekends are fun, educational and life-changing.  The founders of the Weekend couldn’t be more excited to play a role in helping jumpstart new writers’ literary journeys!

About the Weekend Session Leaders…

Janis F. Kearney is a presidential historian and founder of Writing our World Publishing, and publisher/owner of the award-winning Arkansas State Press newspaper founded by civil rights leaders Daisy Gatson Bates and her husband L.C. Bates. Janis has spent the last 15 years writing, publishing, lecturing and teaching writing. A number of her books have been adopted by schools and colleges around the country, and she has won numerous awards and critical acclaims for her writing and her books. In 2014, she received the University of Arkansas Lemke Journalism Award, and in 2016 was inducted into the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame.

After the death of global literary icon Maya Angelou, in 2014, Janis and a handful of friends created a Day of Remembrance in honor of Dr. Angelou’s life. It was held in Stamps, Arkansas, which was home to Maya Angelou through much of her childhood. That event was the precipitant for the Celebrate! Maya Project, a nonprofit organization she founded to celebrate Maya Angelou’s life and legacy, and to share the Angelou legacy through educational and literary initiatives in Arkansas schools and communities.

Iris Williams founded Butterfly Typeface Publishing  House after twenty-five years in corporate America. After interning with a North Carolina Publishing Company, she took the giant step of becoming a published author, then later founding her own publishing company, and an online magazine. Through her company, Iris assists new authors with editing, writing, ghostwriting – and realizing their dreams.

Renee’ La Viness is the Children’s Corner imprint editor at 4RV Publishing. An award-winning author, she has written for magazines, newspapers, and anthologies and has also served as contest judge, acquisitions editor, and lead editor. She founded the Tulsa Area Children’s Book Writers critique group and Designing the World with Words, an editing workshop.

Brittany Reese is an Arkansas State University graduate, with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism -emphasis on Photojournalism, and a master’s in mass communication. She is founder, creator, and visionary of BTR Productions, an all in one production company specializing in photography, social media, and content management. Brittany combines her passion for visuals and communication to provide elements that will resonate social media and traditional media.