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Starting in June of 2009, Southwest Virginia Community College, Appalachian Arts Center, and Appalachian Authors Guild/A Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club presented a major writers conference at Southwest Virginia Community College.  Building upon the success of the following conferences, plans are in place and ongoing for the fifth annual Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium to be held at Southwest Virginia Community College, June 14 and 15, 2013.

The conference committee members are in the planning stages and will continue to update the blog as decisions on presenters, the keynote speaker, scheduling and other information are made.

As with the previous conferences, the public will be invited to participate in writing contests.  Keep checking back with the blog for upcoming information on both adult and youth contests.

The 2013 symposium will continue with the promotion of writers and authors to help preserve our history and culture through Appalachian literature, and promote visitors to explore the rich heritage and natural beauty of the region.

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