Conference for Writers

The Gulf Coast State College Division of Language and Literature Presents the Expanded Second Annual 2017 GCSC Conference for Writers

April 7 & 8, 2017

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Our goal is to create a community for adult writers of all levels and to offer conference participants the opportunity to work with and learn from GCSC English Faculty who are published writers and who are committed to innovative teaching and mentoring. We invite you to join us on the Gulf Coast State College Panama City Campus in the Language and Literature Building.

This year, on Friday afternoon, we are including craft talks and readings by visiting published authors on Fiction and Poetry and on Saturday afternoon readings and a panel discussion covering topics such as the Editing and Publishing process. Conference authors will also offer their books for sale.

Please see the conference faculty and presenters’ bios below.

The conference itself is comprised of two days of small (limited to ten participants), three-hour, single genre workshops in fiction and poetry. Workshops will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the two mornings of the dates above. Conference workshop attendees will submit a literary work (or works—see application) to be discussed in a workshop by fellow participants and the workshop leader.

Acceptance to a workshop is on a first come-first served basis.

Workshop spaces are limited, so please apply soon.

Check back here on February 17 for Complete Conference Schedule Details.

*A complimentary continental breakfast will be offered each day from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

*A complimentary lunch will be served from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Conference fees (payable by check or credit card) are as follows:

$50.00 for community members

$10.00 for currently enrolled GCSC and FSU students (full-time or part-time)

The application form, submission, and payment instructions can be accessed by going to the Gulf Coast State College website.

Applications can be mailed through the USPS, dropped off in the Language and Literature (LA) Building--Room 08, or submitted through the Gulf Coast State College website. Go to the GCSC website, click on Academic Divisions, and click on Language and Literature. Locate the application form there.

Contact information and address if mailed through USPS:

ATTN: Douglas Wells
Professor of English
Division of Language and Literature
The Gulf Coast State College Conference for Writers
5230 West U.S. Highway 98
Panama City, Florida 32401
850-769-1551 x 2884

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Application for Conference

  •  Application and fees deadline is March 1, 2017.
  • The last day to receive a refund is March 10, 2017.

Afternoon Sessions Only Fees

  • You may opt to attend the afternoon sessions only. The fee for afternoons is $25.00; $5:00 (students).
  • The Application and fees deadline: March 31.

Workshop applicants who do not get selected for a workshop may also attend afternoon sessions for the above fees. Your original application fee will be refunded, and you can pay via a new application form which will be posted on the Language and Literature webpage after March 1.

*Breakfast and lunch are not included for afternoon only attendees.

Conference Faculty and Presenters

Tabitha Parker

Tabitha Parker. Fiction Workshop Leader. Assistant Professor Tabitha Parker has been teaching in the Language and Literature Department at Gulf Coast State College since 2011. She holds a Bachelor of English and Master of Fine Arts from St. Louis’ Lindenwood University, as well as a Graduate Certification in Multicultural and Transnational Literature from East Carolina University. She has served as the Managing Editor for two university published journals prior to GCSC’s Omni Review and has had her own work featured in various publications, including Untamed Ink, Arrow Rock, Perspectives, Mobility Magazine, and Mid Rivers Review.


Amber Clark

Amber Clark. Poetry Workshop Leader. Amber Clark is an Associate Professor of English and the Director of the Honors Program at Gulf Coast State College. She is also a Managing Editor of The Omni Review - the literary and fine arts journal of GCSC. She has worked in editorial with TinHouse, Burnside Review and Scratch. Her work has been published recently in Pebble Lake Review, Sandscript, and Poetry365. She has been anthologized in Boomtown and in a forthcoming anthology on Ecopoetics from The University of Alabama.


Douglas Wells

Douglas Wells. Fiction Workshop Leader. Douglas Wells is a Professor of English at Gulf Coast State College. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of South Florida and has taught English and Literature at The University of North Florida, Tennessee Technological University, and The College of the Bahamas. He is the author of the novel Last Boat to Sorrow Beach, which was published in 2006, and a play, Autobiographies, which was performed on the stage.  His new novel, The Secrets of All Secrets, will be published by TouchPoint Press in April. He is the founder and a workshop leader for The Gulf Coast State College Conference for Writers.


Linda Sands

Linda Sands. Fiction Craft Talk.  Linda Sands is a well traveled Yankee transplanted to Atlanta via California. The author of the internationally published legal thriller, Simple Intent, Linda earned a Kirkus Starred Review for her Southern Gothic novel, Not Waving, Drowning. Her haunting, epic story of three women bound in a poetic tapestry spanning three generations has been called "The Hours" in Savannah. Known for her award-winning short stories and essays, Linda's book, 3 Women Walk into a Bar is a 2015 Kindle Scout Winner and earned her the award in 2016 for Georgia Author of the Year for Mystery/Detective novels. Agented by Josh Getzler of HSG Agency, watch for her mystery series featuring Jojo Boudreaux, a tenacious trucker with the mouth of a sailor and the heart... of a truck driver. Book One, Grand Theft Cargo. Book Two, Precious Cargo.
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Deidre Price

Deidre Price, Ph.D. Poetry Craft Talk is the creator of Rogue Homilies, a multimedia and literary magazine. Her most recent work appears in The Healing Muse, Boxcar Poetry Review, Wicked Alice, and The Mighty. She serves as Professor of English at Northwest Florida State College and Editor of the Blackwater Review. She also writes online at