Society of Professional Obituary Writers Convention
Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 6:30 PM - Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 3:00 PM (EDT)
The Society of Professional Obituary Writers (SPOW) will hold its 2009 Convention at the Dunhill Hotel, 237 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, N.C., April 23-25, 2009.
The event starts with a Thursday evening get-together at Mert's Heart and Soul Restaurant. Meet at the hotel between 5 and 6 p.m. before walking around the corner to Mert's.
Professional development sessions are set for Friday and Saturday. Speakers include:
- Cheryl Carpenter, managing editor of The Charlotte Observer and a Poynter Institute writing-coach lecturer.
- Matt Comer, editor for Q-notes Online, the Carolinas multimedia LGBT news source.
- Scott Karp, CEO of Publish2 - www.publish2.com - which offers free online tools to journalists.
- Tim Bullamore, a freelance obituary writer for such publications as The Daily Telegraph of London, who is working on obits-related doctoral work at Cardiff University.
- Gerry Hostetler, our local host, whose career evolved from obits clerk to obits columnist for The Charlotte Observer.
The 2009 SPOW Awards for obituary writing will be presented Saturday. The convention should end by 3 p.m. For more information, including hotel registration, go to www.obitwriters.org.