The fourth Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium is finished. Again it was hosted on the campus of Southwest Virginia Community College near Richlands, Virginia. This one was as good or better than the three previous conferences, in my opinion. Presenters delivered excellent sessions on fiction and nonfiction, children's literature, use of paranormal elements, poetry, illustration and internet presence. In addition a different setup of three mini workshops on Saturday morning culminated in two open mic sections. Participants delivered a variety of examples of their work. Any writer who was unable to make it this year should save the dates, June 14-15, 2013, and plan to attend the Symposium.
Sponsors of the Symposium included a number of individuals, SWCC Foundation, Appalachian Authors Guild, Virginia Writers Club, Lost State Writers Guild, Dominion Resources and Barter Theater among others, in addition to a small writing contest entry fee.