Write for Mississippi Workshop

Write for Mississippi is an organization working to implement diverse projects that use creative writing and storytelling to further community engagement. Join the authors who have been taking a series of creative writing workshops into public high schools across Mississippi.

  • Katy Simpson Smith, author of Free Men, MODERATOR
  • Marion Barnwell, Touring Literary Mississippi
  • W. Ralph Eubanks, The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South
  • Michael Pickard, Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Millsaps College

The Enduring Mystery with Otto Penzler

Presented by the University of Mississippi

Bestselling Mystery writers come together to discuss this fiction mainstay.

  • Otto Penzler, Mysterious Press president and CEO and owner of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City, MODERATOR
  • Robert Olen Butler, The Empire of Night
  • Tom Franklin, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
  • Michael Kardos, Before He Finds Her
  • Lachlan Smith, Panther’s Prey

Southern History

Presented by Pigott Law Firm, PA

From the schoolhouse to the courthouse, join these writers as they look back at events that shaped the South and its people.

  • Robert Luckett, Director of the Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State University, MODERATOR
  • Adrienne Berard, Water Tossing Boulders: How a Family of Chinese Immigrants Led the First Fight to Desegregate Schools in the Jim Crow South
  • Patricia Michelle Boyett, Right to Revolt: The Crusade for Racial Justice in Mississippi’s Central Piney Woods
  • Otis Sanford, From Boss Crump to King Willie: How Race Changed Memphis Politics
  • Grif Stockley, Black Boys Burning: The 1959 Fire at the Arkansas Negro Boys Industrial School