Attorney to speak to writing group

Mark P. Crockett, an attorney with the intellectual property firm of Luedecka Neely, will speak on Thursday, October 5, 2017 on the topic “What Writers Must Know About Libel, Slander, and Copyright.” This informal but expert presentation will be at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Central United Methodist Church, 201 East Third Street. Admission is a suggested donation of $2.

Plentiful, free parking is available in lots to the back and side of the church, which is wheelchair accessible. Along with cookies and coffee, you’ll find KWG hospitality and community support.

Crockett will cover such questions as: If you write memoirs, how can libel laws affect you? When and how can you safely incorporate another person’s work in your own? How do you protect your own work? If you are reading your work aloud, what laws apply?

Crockett is a cum laude graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. Please note that while he will give an overview of writers’ legal rights and responsibilities, he will not address individual cases or give legal advice. He will tell audience members how to protect themselves and when to get professional help. Participants will learn how to save themselves a lot of trouble and protect their creative work. This program is essential for anybody serious about writing!

The Knoxville Writers Guild welcomes your participation. Membership is $30 and $15 for students. Visit