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For Immediate Release

Tony EarleyNY Times Bestselling Author Headlines Writers' Conference

Murfreesboro, TN—August 4, 2014

Award-winning novelist, short story writer and essayist Tony Earley, author of the upcoming novella and stories Mr. Tall, will be the keynote speaker at the Creative Writers Conference of Middle Tennessee on Sept. 20.

The conference is sponsored by MTSU Write, a non-degree writing program at Middle Tennessee State University (formerly The Writer’s Loft). The event, which is open to the public, is in its second year and will include speakers in fiction, nonfiction and poetry, says MTSU Write director Karen Alea Ford.

"Beginning and experienced writers will gain insight and inspiration from this extraordinary line-up of speakers, while getting to chat and mingle with the community of writers we have in Middle Tennessee,” says director Ford. “Our first conference was such a success, we wanted to keep it going. We are thrilled that Parnassus Booksellers will be joining us this year.”

Earley, who is the Samuel Milton Fleming Chair in English at Vanderbilt University, is also the author of the novels Jim the Boy and The Blue Star, and two books of essays, Somehow Form a Family and Here We Are in Paradise.

In addition to Earley, the event presents a roster of award-winning writers: poet Jeff Hardin (Fall Sanctuary and Notes For a Praise Book), poet and novelist Darnell Arnoult (What Travels With Us and Sufficient Grace), and essayist and memoirist D.T. Lumpkin.

"The Creative Writers Conference of Middle Tennessee is a truly welcome addition to the state's literary scene: a great chance for up-and-coming writers in a the mid-state to learn from celebrated writers and outstanding teachers," said Margaret Renkl, editor of, a daily source for literary news, interviews and reviews with a Tennessee focus.

Registration is open to all writers, and the fee covers all workshops and a buffet dinner. General admission is $60; Writer's Loft alumni, MTSU faculty and students $40; There is no fee for current MTSU Write students.

MTSU Write non-degree writing program is year-round and open to anyone interested in being mentored by a professional writer of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry. Students work from home, spending three semesters honing their skills and preparing for publication.

Mentors who work one-on-one with students include "The Bard of Hume-Fogg" Bill Brown, former Tennessean assistant editor and columnist Gloria Ballard, poet Marcus Jackson (The New Yorker, Harvard Review) and novelist Linda Parker Busby (University of S. AL, winner of the James Jones novel award), among others.

To register for the Creative Writers Conference of Middle Tennessee or for more information on the MTSU Write program, go to  or email the director at

Contact Information

Karen Alea Ford, director
MTSU Write
(615) 545-5371

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