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Writer Bragg speaks at local conference

Alabama Author Rick Bragg writes about a world that he sees through redneck eyes and he will describe his unique point of view to participants at the 11th annual Chattahoochee Writers Conference on Sept. 16th.

A Pulitzer Prize winning author in 1996, Bragg has nurtured a huge following for the colorful essays he writes every month for the back page of Southern Living magazine. The former newspaper reporter teaches writing at the University of Alabama and is the author of All Over But the Shoutin’, Ava’s Man, and, most recently, True Stories from the Heart of the South.

His newest work, The Best Cook in the World, will be published later this year.

Bragg will present one of the two conference-wide addresses at 9 a.m. Saturday. He will be joined by an array of talented writers, journalists and literary celebrities who will convene at the historic Springer Theater Saturday morning at 8:30.

Author Melissa Pritchard is now a resident of Columbus, Ga.

Following Alabama’s favorite son to the stage as a conference-wide speaker will be novelist Melissa Pritchard. Her address comes after Bragg’s on Saturday morning.

Pritchard is the winner of the 2016 winner of the Marguerite and Lamar Smith Writing Fellowship from the Carson McCullers Center in Columbus where she now resides.

After lunch, writers wanting to learn more about their craft will hear from Anderson Harp, Chad Davidson, Danielle Hanson, Steve Scott, Rob St. Clair, Natalia Naman Temeagen, John Holman, Deborah Malone, Stacey Cunningham, Steve McCondichie and Matt Henderson.

They will lead of a full agenda of Master Classes on the creative process including screenwriting, playwriting, poetry, humor and absurdity, character development and children’s books. Two publishers will be available for one-on-one meetings where they will discuss book projects at any stage of development.

Single tickets will be available for those who only wish to hear Bragg and not participate in the workshops. The conference officially opens Friday evening with “Purple Light,” a twilight poetry reading in the courtyard of the Rothschild-Pound House Inn.

Chattahoochee Writers’ annual awards will be presented Saturday morning immediately after doors open at 8 a.m. Events on Saturday will be held at the Springer — the state theater of Georgia. To purchase tickets, visit: and for additional information contact Mamie Pound, 706-326-1617 or 706-322-4075.

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