So now that we have had a little time to recover and maybe even get caught up with our grading, I thought it would be a great time to touch base with everyone and say thanks for making Fairhope 2012 a great success. I am continually impressed each year by this community and its ability to come together from great distances and make Fairhope such an awesome conference.
I’d like to give a special thank you to all those volunteers who helped manage the registration table, the book fair, as well as running errands, setting up and cleaning up all weekend. Specifically, I would like to thank the undergrads from ABAC: Matt McCullough, Mary Porter, Austin Flanders, and Alan Parks—and to the USF undergrads: Bob Varghese, Rochelle Germond, and Jerrod Metts—all led by the Mighty Matt Epperson. These folks really made it easy for all of us by taking in the lion share of the work both at the registration / book table and set up and clean up. As well, they delivered their first conference panel and a pretty awesome reading of their own writing.
I also want to give a shout out to the interns at Slash Pine for teaching us how to make pretty awesome chap books and to the first-time panelists from University of Montevallo lead by Bryn Chancellor. Nice Job, we hope to see you all again next year!
And we cannot forget the awesome reading Ravi did for us. Thanks again Ravi, for coming out and sharing your work with us.
I did want to announce that the student competition portion of the web site has been updated. Also, as the year progresses, keep an eye out for new updates. I hope everyone has a great summer and I look forward to a great Fairhope 2013.
Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers brings together teachers of writing, students, writers, editors, and publishers from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and others from—or interested in— the Gulf Coast region and its writing.