Cancelled: Fairhope 2020 Check back for more info.
Our annual conference each spring provides a chance to meet in a casual and friendly environment, with readings, panels, and book fair at Coastal Alabama Community College's Fairhope Campus in downtown Fairhope, Alabama. The Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers brings together teachers of writing as well as, students, writers, editors, and publishers from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and others from—or interested in— the Gulf Coast region and its writing.
We will be working on creating more communication among our members through the year via this website, and we will be planning our conference for 2021.
Fairhope 2021 Keynote Speaker: Carolyn Haines
Carolyn Haines has received the Harper Lee Award for distinguished Alabama writer of the year (2010), the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence (2009), and in 2019 the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alabama Library Association. On March 9, 2020, Haines was inducted into the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame. She is the best-selling author of the Sarah Booth Delaney series of mystery novels (20 and counting, all with Bones in the title), the Pluto's Snitch series, centering on detective partners in Northern Mississippi who specialize in hauntings, possessions and the occult, and many other books. Her short stories and essays have appeared in many anthologies including Growing Up in Mississippi, Florida Heat Wave, and Christmas in the South, and she edited the anthology Delta Blues. Haines grew up in Mississippi, began her career as a journalist, and taught at the University of South Alabama. Learn more here.