BELTON -- The fifth annual Windhover/New Texas Writers' Festival will be Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 4-6 at the Mabee Student Center on the campus of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

Marie Jordan, poet/fiction writer/biographer/children's writer, and Clyde Edgerton, the North Carolina author of "Raney, Walking Across Egypt," "Killer Diller" and "Where Trouble Sleeps," will be the keynote speakers.

Many local artists will be present. Among those will be a special presentation on Friday, Jan. 5, of the Living Room Theatre of Salado of scenes from show produced at the 2000 Judy and A.C. Greene Festival with Raymond Carver of Salado moderating.

Another highlight of the festival will be presentations by authors appearing in "New Texas '99" and in the fourth issue of "Windhover: A Journal of Christian Literature."

Workshops will also be presented during the festival. These will provide a hands-on approach to writing in every genre, science-fiction writing from experience. Lila Guzman will conduct a workshop on writing the young-adult novel. Laurie Lynn Drummond will discuss writing the nonfiction narrative. Suzy Spencer will show writers how to market their works and themselves.

Also, the festival will feature individual readings. Bob Flynn and Bob Darden will be on hand to read and discuss the "Door," published in Waco. Jill Esbaum Alexander, this year's winner of the Bakeless Prize for poetry, will read from her works.

That program will also feature Poet Laureate of Texas James Hoggard who will read from his translations.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 4. Thursday will be highlighted with creative and poetry readings and book signings.

Friday will conclude with Clyde Edgerton, who became a writer by chance and choice.

According to a chapter from "Contemporary Fiction Writers of the South," Edgerton recorded the choice in 1978 in a journal he had been keeping for many years.

The journal writing resulted in seven novels including "The Floatplane Notebooks," "In Memory of Junior" and "Redeye."

For more information on the festival, contact Donna Walker-Nixon at UMHB.