The Writers Conference has been cancelled for Saturday - March 21, 202 

We are working on re-scheduling for August, 2020. Please continue to visit for updated information.

To Be Re-Scheduled For a Latter Date in August

Our Keynote Speaker

Sheila Hudson

Dispelling the Myths of Writing

Sheila Hudson is an award winning author and inspirational speaker.  She has worked with the SE Writers Association as an organizer and presenter for their conference.  Along with penning several cozy mystery series, Sheila has also published books to help writers hone their craft.  The Southern Pen Bookshop is excited to have Sheila as the keynote speaker at our second annual writers conference.

Shelia resides in Athens, Georgia  

Our Presenters

BOBBY

NASH

TIM

WESTOVER

JANET 

HOGAN

CHAPMAN

GENIE

BERNSTEIN

LORI

DUFF

TIM

RIORDAN

MARY

MARVELLA

JACKIE

ROD

MAB

MORRIS

Their Topics

SEVEN ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF PUBLICITY (Including DIY Tips) MIMI SCHROEDER, APR

FINDING YOUR VOICE IN FRONT OF A GROUP   ANDREA CASSELL

SOUTHERN GHOSTS, PLAT-EYES, WILL-O'-THE WISPS, & HAINTS -   TIM WESTOVER

TURNING FAMILY SECRETS INTO HISTORICAL FICTION - JANET HOGAN CHAPMAN

BEEF UP YOUR WRITER'S RESUME BEFORE PUBLISHING YOUR FIRST BOOK! -GENIE BERNSTEIN

YOU ARE A BUSINESS! UNDERSTANDING THE BUSINESS SIDE OF WRITING - LORI DUFF

BEST SELLER - MARKETING FOR SUCCESS - TIM RIORDAN

LOVE ME OR HATE ME - BUT DON'T WALK AWAY YAWNING - MARY MARVELLA

MIND MAPPING MAZE - JACKIE ROD

DEVELOPING CHARACTER WITH THE RIGHT TOOL - MAB MORRIS

Will You Have a Trade Show Again?

YES!

LOOK FOR THESE EXHIBITORS

Wine with Words

White Tiger

Literary Service

The Trade Show is not intended to be a literary festival  and is not open to the general public.  It is for registered attendees seeking a forum to connect with industry professionals who offer goods or services that promote pre and post publishing goods or services.  We are currently looking for exhibitors and sponsors who fit this category.

What's New This Year

Mini Photo Session

Authors spend countless hours worrying and imagining the perfect cover for their book.  But, they often do not consider the importance of having a professional photo of themselves for their social media, website, and publicity packets. 

This year The Southern Pen is offering mini-photo sessions with a professional photographer to help solve this oversight.  The mini-photo session will offer participants a fifteen minute session with a professional photographer.  They will receive a digital file of their pictures.  

Mini-photo Fee: 45.00

Participants may select morning or afternoon session but are not guaranteed their selection.

Due to time constraint the number of time slots will be limited and filled on a first come first serve based on submission of registration.

What's New This Year

Manuscript Critique

Having a professional look at your work is always a good way to get a pulse on the strengths of your manuscript and areas for growth.  The Manuscript Critique provides a one-on-one opportunity to sit down with a professional and discuss your current project.  Authors are encouraged to submit the first three chapters of their work with a query letter.  Manuscripts must be 12 pt font, Times New Roman, and doubled spaced.  Only electronic submissions will be accepted.  

REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED FOR THIS PART OF THE CONFERENCE

Critique session are scheduled in 15 minute increments and limited to availability. Slots will be filled on a first come first serve based on submission of registration  FEE 50.00

Isn't it time to let your Writing Career SOAR?

We still have a few spaces available and are looking for . . 

Exhibitors

Sponsors

Volunteers

Email Us at:  thesouthernpenbookshop@gmail.com for more information

We are located in beautiful downtown Monroe, Georgia

Find us inside

Monroe Mercantile Co. 

113 N Broad Street

Monroe, Georgia 30655

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BOOKSHOP PHONE: 470 270 0396

Please do not mail or ship items to our retail location. 

Email Us for our shipping address:

thesouthernpenbookshop@gmail.com

We are not responsible for any items mailed or shipped to our retail address

Award

PROUD CORPORATE SPONSOR OF

THE MONROE WALTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS  (MWCA)