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Schreiner University Celebrates Texas Literature on April 11

Texas Writers Conference

KERRVILLE, TX (April 5, 2018) – Overcoming writing obstacles, journaling as a means of exploration, and learning more about Mexican American writers in Texas will be some of the topics discussed during the day-long 2018 Texas Writers Conference Wednesday, April 11 at Schreiner University.

The English Department at the university will host the 28th annual conference for free for community members, aspiring writers, literature lovers, students, and educators.

Texas writers Skye Alexander and Rhonda Wiley-Jones will offer writing workshops at 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. respectively. Writer and Schreiner University faculty member Christine Granados will discuss Mexican American literature and read from her books at 7:30 p.m. Students will read from their work and there will be an open mic.

Professor Kathleen Hudson started this conference 1990 with the Whitehurst Creative Teaching award.

“This conference gives community members and students opportunities to hear new ideas, share stories of writers, and create responses,” said Hudson, the event organizer. “That fulfills my own personal mission in life:  Stories and songs make a difference in the world.”

  • Skye Alexander is the author of more than forty fiction and nonfiction books. Her stories have appeared in numerous anthologies internationally, and her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. She has also authored more than 2,000 articles for newspapers and magazines, and written for television, radio, and online sites. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked in the book publishing industry as an editor, publicist, marketing manager, special sales director, and copywriter, and in 2002 co-founded the publishing company Level Best Books. She serves on the board of the Friends of the Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library.
  • Rhonda Wiley-Jones, (M.Ed.) author of At Home in the World: Travel Stories of Growing Up and Growing Away, is currently writing fiction. She facilitates workshops in the U.S. and Mexico on travel writing, journal writing, the craft of writing, and memoir writing.
  • Christine Granados was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She has been a Spur Award finalist and winner of the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation Award from the Macondo Foundation. Granados’ fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Texas Monthly, NPR’s Latino USA, People Magazine, Texas Observer and numerous journals and her work has been anthologized in several college textbooks. She has been a journalist with the El Paso Times and the Austin American-Statesman. She is a reporter at the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post and teaches writing at Schreiner University and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her second book of fiction, Fight Like a Man and Other Stories We Tell Our Children, was published by the University of New Mexico Press in 2017.

Skye Alexander

Rhonda Wiley-Jones

Christine Granados



The 2018 Texas Writers Workshop will host workshops and readings at 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 11, at Schreiner University’s Cailloux Student Center, 2100 Memoiral Blvd., in the River Room. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come first serve. Please RSVP with Kathleen Hudson, the event organizer at  or call/text 830-377-3186 to reserve space.

Contact Kathleen Hudson at or 830-377-3186 for more information.