Category Archives: 2018 Summer Conference

Contest Judge Rollout: Jerrie Howard (Children’s Books)

(WV Writers is rolling out the names and bios of our contest judges for 2018.  For the full collection of judge bios click THIS LINK or read the 2018 JUDGES LIST.)

Jerrie Howard is a retired teacher of English and journalism from Point Pleasant High School. While at PPHS, she advised the student newspaper, The Tu-Endie-Wei, as well as introduced the Advanced Placement and Honors programs to the county.

She is a graduate of Ohio University where she majored in English and journalism and received a minor in secondary education. She received her Master of Arts degree in journalism from Marshall University and did graduate work in secondary administration.

Currently, Ms. Howard is a member of the Point Pleasant City Council and the Historic Landmark Commission for the historic district of Point Pleasant. She is also the newly elected president of the Mason County Democratic Women’s Organization for 2018-2019. In 2017, she received the Local Public Official of the Year award for her interest in and work with Main Street Point Pleasant. She was presented a certificate from Gov. Jim Justice by Main Street Director Charles Humphreys.

In addition to her community service work, Ms. Howard has been working on two children’s books and traveling, mostly aboard, whenever possible.

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2018 WV Writers Summer Conference Presenter Preview

Below is a preview of some of the presenters who will lead workshops and panels at the West Virginia Writers 2018 Summer Conference.  Keep watching the contest page for full workshop descriptions and information about conference registration and lodging and meal registration.

Heather Day Gilbert - Self-publishing and Indie Publishing; Book Buzz before, during, and after publication

Patrick Grace - Humor in Writing.

Lucia Robson - Historical Fiction and Research; Saturday morning keynote speaker.

Mickey Johnson - Editing; Editing Panel.

Fran Allred - Editing; Editing Panel.

Doug Van Gundy - Saturday Night Entertainment.

Sandy Tritt - Dynamic Characters.

Anna Smucker - Children’s Writing; collaborative workshop on children’s writing with Marc Harshman.

Jeremy Richter - Playwriting.

Marc Harshman - Our state's Poet Laureate will lead a collaborative workshop with Anna Smucker; a single workshop on children’s writing; and will take part in the Saturday Night entertainment along with Doug Van Gundy.

Laura Bentley - Intermediate Poetry Workshop.

Audrey Stanton-Smith - Writing for Magazines.

Cat Pleska - Memoir.

Nick White - “Hot Scenes” for short stories and novels.

Steve Saffel - Acquisitions editor for Titan Books; author pitch sessions; how to pitch publishers workshop.

M. Lynne Squires - Social Media.

DM Pulley - Novel.

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