Sevierville, Tenn. – Sevierville’s fifth annual Rose Glen Literary Festival is moving to a new location. After four successful years at Walters State Community College, Sevier County Campus, the festival is now relocating to the much larger Sevierville Convention Center.
“The Rose Glen Literary Festival has grown each year,” says event organizer Carroll McMahan, Special Projects Facilitator for the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce. “Each year we added new authors because word of the event’s success spread. By last year, we had reached the point of bursting at the seams.”
The new Sevierville Convention Center location allows for more lectures and presentations as well as additional space for local authors to sign and sell their books. “We strive to showcase local and regional literature with the Rose Glen Literary Festival. But we also want to help emerging authors understand how to get their book out to the general public,” says McMahan. “Moving to the Sevierville Convention Center gives us more opportunities to do both of those things by offering more lectures, workshops and presentations during the event.” It also means more available seating for the keynote luncheon. “Last year we completely sold out of luncheon tickets and had a waiting list in case of cancellations,” McMahan continues.
Those extra luncheon seats will prove important as this year’s keynote luncheon speaker, Knoxville News Sentinel humor columnist, Sam Venable, is a popular act to catch. The winner of numerous writing awards and the author of ten books, Venable offers lively commentary and quirky observations. His newest book, “Someday I May Find Honest Work, A Newspaper Humorist’s Life,” points out the humor in life’s strange and absurd aspects.
Other popular local writers set to offer presentations during the Rose Glen Literary Festival include Bill Landry, the actor, director and producer best known for “The Heartland Series,” and Renea Winchester, a multi-award winning author who will give a workshop on proven strategies to introduce your book.
Don Williams – Researching & writing about the White Caps
Jim Johnson with Celtic Cat – How to get published
Dr. Gail Palmer, Smoky Mountain Publishers – Using Createspace to publish Tales of the Smokies
Renea Winchester – Proven Strategies to introduce your book
Bill Landry and Kim Delozier -Smoky Mountain Tales
Smoky Mountain Living Magazine – What magazines want in an article
Keynote luncheon – Sam Venable
The event will be held 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday February 22, 2014 at the Sevierville Convention Center located at 202 Gists Creek Road in Sevierville. All activities are free to the public except for the luncheon which will cost a nominal $20 per person. For luncheon reservations or information contact the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce at 885-453-6411 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Organizers also encourage local writers interested in participating in the event to contact the office as well.