Organizations Partner to Host the Mississippi Writers Roundtable

The Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC), Mississippi Humanities Council, SonEdna Foundation, Inc., Delta Music Institute, and Delta State University, in celebration of the “Year of the Arts” at Delta State University, will partner to host the Mississippi Writers Roundtable for literary artists on Saturday, March 6, 2010. The convening of writers will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Delta Music Institute(Whitfield Building), Delta State University, 109 Leflore Circle, Cleveland, MS.

The Mississippi Writers Roundtable will convene writers to discuss challenges and opportunities related to the discipline. Highlights include a keynote address by mystery writer Carolyn Haines, a session dedicated to planning an annual writer’s summit, and a taping of the Thacker Mountain Radio Show, Oxford, Mississippi’s original music and literature radio show.

“The Mississippi Arts Commission and our partners are pleased to have this opportunity to bring writers together to discuss new trends in the field,” said MAC Arts Industry Director, Diane Williams. “This event will be different from other writer’s workshops and conferences, because input and ideas will come from the attendees – the writers themselves. Our goal is to develop this event into an annual summit of creativity and new ideas.”

The Roundtable registration is $10 (payable at the door) and includes lunch. It is open to all artists, especially writers and songwriters. Reservations are required and the deadline is March 2, 2010. For more information or to make reservations, contact Diane Williams, Arts Industry Director at (601) 359-6529 or (601) 359-6030, dwilliams@arts.state.ms.us.

The SonEdna Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization established in 2006 by Myrna Colley-Lee to bring together writers to interact with each other, the public, and students in a mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship. The Foundation builds on Mississippi’s strong literary traditions to celebrate and promote the literary arts by engaging the greater Mississippi Delta community with writers of all genres and backgrounds.

The Mississippi Humanities Council is a private nonprofit corporation funded by Congress through the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide public programs in traditional liberal arts disciplines to serve nonprofit groups in Mississippi. MHC sponsors, supports, and conducts a wide range of programs designed to promote understanding of our cultural heritage, interpret our own experience, foster critical thinking, encourage reasonable public discourse, strengthen our sense of community, and thus empower Mississippi’s people with a vision for the future.

The Delta Music Institute offers a concentration of music and entertainment industry courses leading to a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies degree or a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree with an emphasis in Music Production. Whether producing their own art or the art of others, our alumni will be well prepared for the technical, business, and legal issues that confront the practicing artist today and in the future.

The Mississippi Arts Commission is a state agency, funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Phil Hardin Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and other private sources. MAC is the official grants-making and service agency for the arts in Mississippi. The agency serves as an active supporter and promoter of arts in community life and in arts education.

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