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Writers’ Conference returns to the Hilltop

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The annual Writers’ Conference on the Hilltop will be celebrating its fifth year when events begin on Friday, Sept. 27, with registration and the first class. This year, being a special time in the life of the conference, the planners are excited to welcome Tom Eblen, columnist with the Lexington Herald-Leader.  
This first session will begin at 3 p.m. at the college. The “Words” theme will be the center of his  discussion, but it will also be punctuated with his personal experiences as a writer.
Immediately following the Eblen lecture, the conference will move to the Prizing House for the annual book signing that begins for the general public at 4:30 p.m. There will be several authors to answer questions, sign books or have a casual conversation with the visitors.
After the book signing, the Conference presents its dinner with live music, writing awards and conclude with the Conference keynote  address. This year the keynote speaker is Neil Chethik, author and director of the Carnegie Center, a mecca for writers of Kentucky.

The gala dinner will recognize the 2013 Writing Contest Awards.  
On Saturday, Sept. 28, master classes will be taught by well-known authors from across the state. Classes such as poetry with Matthew Haughton, non-fiction with Bob Johnson, fiction, long and short, with Crystal Wilkinson, young adult with George Ella Lyon, Writing Through the Details: Description, Detail, Senses” with Bud Blanton, “140 Characters” with Kristy Horine, “Dialogue in Writing: Are your characters talking out of turn” with Cynthia Ellingsen, and “The Writing Life” with Leatha Kendrick.  
The book signing event is  free to the  public. Tickets or registration card are needed for the dinner and conference session.
For more information, contact Kristy Horine 859-234-8626 extension 66431 or ecox0045@kctcs.edu or Trina Shields at 859-234-8626 extension 66400.