The Red Clay Writers Conference
KSU Continuing Education Center 
November 9, 2019

9:00 AM-9:30 AMRegistration
9:30 AM-10:30 AMUn-workshopping Your Novel: Writing by Instinct and Turning Your “Characters” into “People”
Stacia Pelletier
Room 300
Writers Who Podcast Panel
Christina Lee, Sean Powers, & Kate Sweeney
Room 400
10:45 AM-11:45 AMKeynote
Soniah Kamal
Room 400
12:00 PM-1:00 PMLunch
Provided by KSU Catering
1:15 PM-2:15 PMThe Human Voice in Poetry
Mario Chard
Room 300
10 Ways to Make a Good Screenplay Great
Hudson Phillips
Room 400
2:30 PM-3:30 PMJudge and Jury: Writing Impartial Histories
Jeff Clemmons
Room 300
Getting Physical with Your Characters
Terra Elan McVoy
Room 400
3:45 PM-4:45 PMThe Power of the Page Turn
Shanda McCloskey
Room 300
Editor Panel
C.J. Bartunek, Amber Nicole Brooks & Caroline Crew
Room 400
Click here for a PDF of the schedule.

You may purchase a consultation and submit your work here.  Please note that consultations are limited and first come/first serve and that registration for the conference is required for the purchase of a consultation.

Creative Nonfiction and Nonfiction Consultations with Beth Ward

Beth will be offering ten 30-minute consultations for works up to 25 pages. If the writer chooses, they can also submit their work with a cover letter that explains the piece and outlines any specific feedback they might be looking for during the consultation. Consultations are granted on a first come/first serve basis. 

Works can be nonfiction, creative nonfiction, or journalism; broadly defined, this would include essays, memoir, non-fiction/creative non-fiction features, reported pieces, articles, reviews, narrative nonfiction, blogs, travel/cooking writing, personal essays. Beth will read the writer’s work prior to publication, and produce a marked up manuscript for the writer to keep after the consultation. 

The consultation will begin with a discussion about the work–what the writer’s goal for the piece is, where/if they’d like to see it published, what their main challenges in the piece are. The writer and Beth will then discuss her edits in depth during the consultation, which could include grammar & style edits, suggested narrative changes, general feedback, questions for discussion. If applicable, she would also offer suggestions on where the writer might consider placing/publishing their work.

Beth Ward is a veteran writer, editor, and digital storyteller. Her work has been published in/on NPR, Creative Nonfiction, The Bitter Southerner, BUST magazine, Atlas Obscura, Girls at Library, Atlanta magazine, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and elsewhere. She has also been published internationally in Suspiria magazine and the London-based online publication, Restless. Prior to being named the managing editor of the Dream Warriors Foundation magazine, Beth served as the Books and Film editor of ArtsATL, Atlanta’s preeminent source for arts and culture coverage. Come say hi at

Fiction Consultations with Spencer Wise 

Spencer will be offering six 50-minute individual consultations. Please submit short stories or novel excerpts (ideally, the opening 20 pages of a novel) equaling no more than 20 double-spaced pages. Please include a short synopsis for novel excerpts. Consultations are granted on a first come/first serve basis.

Spencer Wise is the author of the novel, The Emperor of Shoes(HarperCollins, 2018). In addition to working at a shoe factory in South China, Spencer Wise has professional experience ranging from gutting chickens and selling ginsu knives to editorial work at Sports Illustrated and Time Out New York. Born in Boston, Wise is a graduate of Tufts University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Florida State University. His work has appeared in journals such as Narrative Magazine, Cincinnati Review, The Literary Review, and New Ohio Review, among others. He was awarded the 2017 Gulf Coast Prize in nonfiction and a Vermont Studio Center fellowship and was a Finalist for the 2019 Georgia Author of the Year Award in the First Novel category. Wise is an Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at Augusta University. You can find him here:

Poetry Consultations with Amy Pence

Amy will be offering six 30-minute individual consultations. Please submit 5 poems for review, no more than 20 pages. Consultations are granted on a first come/first serve basis.

Amy Pence earned her MFA in Poetry from the University of Arizona; she authored three poetry collections Armor, Amour (Ninebark Press), The Decadent Lovely (Main Street Rag), and the chapbook Skin’s Dark Night (2River Press) as well as a hybrid book— [It] Incandescent –(Ninebark), which won the Eyelands Poetry Award. A new chapbook, Your Posthumous Dress: Remnants from the Alexander McQueen Collection was recently released from dancing girl press. Poems, fiction, and non-fiction have appeared in The Oxford AmericanDenver QuarterlyWestern Humanities ReviewThe Rumpus, and The Writer’s Chronicle. She taught poetry-writing at Emory University last spring, frequently holds workshops in her home, and tutors high school students in Atlanta. Links to her work can be found at

A bag lunch will be provided to all Red Clay conference attendees. Water, coffee, and tea will be available throughout the day.