Both conferences are in the Language and Lit Building.
River Readings is a collection of workshops and panel discussion on spirituality, creativity, purpose, meaning and more, while the Gulf Coast Writers Conference is the longest running gathering of writers in the area and features published authors, editors, and agents in workshops and panels on everything from elements of the writing craft to how to get published.
The keynote speaker for both events is Jeffrey Koterba, a nationally syndicated cartoonist, author, and the subject of the new film “Voluntary Gestures”, which explores the connections between Tourette Syndrome (which Koterba suffers from) and creativity. His memoir, “Inklings” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) traces Koterba’s path on his journey to become a cartoonist, and more so, to rediscover the love of his family that was there from the start. Inklings was named a Chicago Tribune Favorite Nonfiction book of 2009. In addition to screening “Voluntary Gestures” at the conferences, another new film, “Cracker Jack”, will be shown. “Cracker Jack” is a documentary about local writer Jack Saunders. Both Saunders and Koterba will speak and answer questions about the films.