Karen is the author of the hot-off-the-presses Centerville, a good book that keeps Karen in the mix among solid novelists. She's on the faculty of Mt. Holyoke College near Boston and is a Hollins grad, who lived in Roanoke for a while.
Here's Mike's piece.
If you have an interest in going, you'll want to register very soon. We were at 75 percent capacity early this past week and the last four (of five) conferences have sold out. You can find out everything you need to know and register here.
The conference, by the way, is for professional writers, but if you're interested in writing, you're welcome. The cost is $60 for 23 classes, a roundtable discussion, a wine reception, lunch Saturday and all the networking you can handle.