Meetings & Events

Monthly Professional Development

How to Save Your Story by Killing Your Darlings with Brian Canever, Storyteller
Thursday, March 17 – Noon – 1 p.m.

Learn about the process of removing some of your favorite anecdotes, quotes, and sources from a story in order to protect the narrative.

One of the most challenging parts of the writing process is shaping the narrative—focusing on what’s most important for the writer to share with their audience—and, inevitably, figuring out what to do with what’s left over.

In this interactive session, you will learn about the process of “killing darlings,” — removing some of your favorite anecdotes, quotes, and sources from a story in order to protect the narrative.

The conversation will focus on how to identify a narrative, build the architecture of the story, and how to preserve it so you don’t lose the reader down a rabbit trail.

For more information, visit our event page:

Mark McNeely – Celebrating 35 Years of Public Relations in Tennessee

Partner, McNeely Brockman Public Relations

What’s it like to start from scratch and build a successful Public Relations Agency and then turn around and do it again 30 years later? That’s Mark McNeely’s story and he will share with the Volunteer PRSA chapter members and guests what it’s like to start an agency, the biggest challenges, and what it means to have accomplished 35 years of success in building Tennessee’s largest independent PR/communications firm.

Come prepared to enjoy the journey with Mark and have your questions ready. He’s here to engage with participants and make this a mutually beneficial experience.

Thu, February 24, 2022 – 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

Monthly Professional Development

The Volunteer Chapter hosts a luncheon or dinner on the third Thursday of each month unless otherwise stated in the event promotions. These meetings offer professional development for public relations, marketing and communications professionals — whether you’re a member of PRSA or not.

RSVP to attend each month. Pay online or at the door. The in-person event cost is $20 for PRSA members, $25 for non-members and $15 for students. Online event cost is $10.

To learn more about upcoming monthly meetings, visit the Volunteer Chapter Facebook Page.

January 27 Member Meeting
Lessons Learned from a Ransomware Attack
Casey Self, APR, and Gail Rymer, APR, will discuss the two best courses of action to mitigate damage from a cyber attack.

Special Event: Networking Social Event

On Thursday, March 3, we’re partnering with American Marketing Association Knoxville, AAF Knoxville, and the Ten Star Great Smoky Mountain AFP Chapter to host a special networking event, which will be open to all UTK students and Knoxville-area professionals. Mark your calendar today!

Thursday, March 3, 2022

4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Xul Beer Garden

The event is free and open to UT, Knoxville students & Knoxville area professionals. Food and cash bar are available.

Senior Practitioners Social Hour

The Senior Practitioners Group is open to  Volunteer Chapter’s members who serve in a senior role in their company or organization. Senior practitioners regularly have social hours, speak to student or professional groups, and write monthly bylined articles in the Greater Knoxville Business Journal.

The Greater Knoxville Business Journal’s monthly column focuses on public relations’ value in business and organizational management, using a topic that corresponds to the Business Journal’s monthly editorial focus.

For more information about the Senior Practitioners Group, email Gail Rymer APR ,Fellow PRSA.