11th Annual Berries, Bridges, & Books

Writers Conference

June 27, 2020

Ponchatoula Community Center

300 North 5th Street

Ponchatoula, LA 70454


Hosted by Creative Minds Writers Group of Ponchatoula


Berries, Bridges and Books Conference Schedule of Events 






7:00-8:30: Vendor Setup


7:30-8:30  Registration and Continental Breakfast


8:30: Welcome by President Deborah Young and Kathryn Martin


8:35: Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Nancy Bourgeois


8:40- 9:25  Keynote Speaker Susan Mustafa


9:30-10:15- Brother Mockingbird- What We look for in Children’s Fiction


10:20- -10:55  Speaker- Dr. Larry Gray- Plays and Scripts


10:55-11:10     Break 


11:15-12:00  Speaker- RJ Lee-  Publishing 


12:00 -12:30: Lynette Vinet and Evelyn Sanders - Page Turners and Poetry contest winners announced.    First-place winning entries read 


12:30- 2:00: Lunch and Vendor Time  


2:00-2:45- Speaker-  Laura Ewald- Researching and Using True Facts for Fiction


2:50 - 3:35  Speaker- Kathy Mayeux-  Tough Love Editing


3:40-3:55- Dessert Break


4:00-4:45- Dr. Mary Manhein    From Non-fiction to Fiction to Children’s Series.

A Writing and Audience Transition.


4:50-5:00  Closing remarks and final door prizes

We will be hosting a Pre-Conference event again this year.

"Meet your Authors"

Hope you will join us for refreshments, mingling with authors, and conference guest.

Open to the general public.

Friday, June 28, 2019, 6:00 p.m.

The Art Station

146 West Oak Street, Ponchatoula, LA