The Carnegie Writers, a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for diverse writers based out of Nashville will hold their annual conference for writers in Huntsville, Alabama at the Holiday Inn Garden Inn on November 4-5.  It’s theme will be Writing for the 21st Century.  T.K. Thorne, author of several successful historical fiction novels, especially of religious and biblical backgrounds, such as Noah’s Wife, will be the keynote speaker.  Thorne is also the author of the critically acclaimed non-fiction book about the Birmingham bombings entitled Last Chance for Justice.

The Ardent Writer Press and Ardent Writer author Annie Laura Smith will also participate as guest lecturers during the conference.

More information about the agenda and activities will be provided later in the summer as conference planning is completed.  Here is a short synopsis of the conference activities and goals:

Throughout history, the concept of writing has changed to accommodate a dominant technological society. This has had an impact on the way adults communicate, collaborate, and write. For productive progression, writers must be familiar with how to market effectively with social media tools, be effective in business writing in the working environment, recognize personal goals related to their craft of writing and special topics of interests. Effective writers accept the past, enjoy the present, and plan for the future.

​Conference Themes:

  • Personal Growth and Development
  • Business Writing
  • Marketing and Social Media
  • Craft of Writing
  • Special Topics

Registration for the conference will be open in March 31, 2016.

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Oluwakemi Elufiede, M.Ed, President of Carnegie Writers, Inc. talks to conference attendees at their 2015 conference in Nashville

Oluwakemi Elufiede, M.Ed, President of Carnegie Writers, Inc. talks to conference attendees at their 2015 conference in Nashville


Steve Gierhart
Dale “Steve” Gierhart is a retired business manager for the United States Army. Based in Huntsville, Alabama on Redstone Arsenal, his career lasted from 1975 to 2010 in which he managed contracts, finances/accounting, and cost estimating for several missile defense systems, among which were Stinger, Avenger, Chaparral, Sentinel, JLENS, SLAMRAAM, and Non-Line of Sight.  The author wishes to thank the many co-workers, peers, and contractors who made these programs successful.  It is their tireless work that brought these systems to the soldier that needed them.  While budget constraints made it difficult for some of their work to see its full potential, they never blinked, they adjusted.  They persevered. Steve hails from Shawnee, Oklahoma; but most of his adult life has been spent in the beautiful hills of North Alabama where he lives with his wife, Bonny, who raises Tennessee Walking Horses. Between them, Steve and Bonny have 5 children and 9 grandchildren. Steve enjoys writing now that he is retired and plans more excursions of the imagination. He and Bonny, a retired engineer who worked as a contractor on several NASA and Army programs, will travel in their retirement though 15 horses, 4 dogs and 3 cats can crimp the best of plans.