University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

ARCHIVE: Writers Festival - Feb. 17-19

January 14, 2011
Keynote Speaker Joshilyn Jackson
Keynote Speaker Joshilyn Jackson

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will feature special guests Joshilyn Jackson and Paul J. Willis during the annual Writers’ Festival set for February 17 - 19 in the Brindley Auditorium of the York Science Center.   This three-day literary festival, hosted annually by the university, is open to the public. Registration and admission fees are based on events attended. 

Joshilyn Jackson will present the George Nixon Memorial Lecture on Thursday, February 17 in Brindley Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Jackson is a novelist who has been on the New York Times Bestselling list. Her debut, Gods in Alabama, won SIBA’s 2005 Novel of the Year award and was a #1 BookSense pick. Jackson won Georgia Author of the Year for her second novel, Between, Georgia, which is also a #1 BookSense pick, making Jackson the first author in BookSense history to receive #1 status in back to back years. Her third novel, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, was a Break Out Book at Target and has been shortlisted for the Townsend Prize for fiction. All three books were chosen for the Book-A-Million Book Club. 

Award-winning poet and author of Rosing from the Dead and Visiting Home Paul Willis will conduct two poetry workshops and will be the featured speaker on Friday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. in Brindley Auditorium.

Betty Soo will present a special concert on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Brindley Auditorium.  Soo has earned multiple songwriting awards (including Kerrville New Folk, Wildflower Festival and Big Top Chautauqua Songwriter of the Year) and has proven herself a strong emerging live performer. 

The Annual Writers’ Festival was founded by retired English professor Donna Walker-Nixon and is sponsored by the Department of English.  

To register for the Festival, to request information, or to apply for the master classes, contact Dr. Jessica Hooten by email at or phone at 254-295-4692.       For More Information