Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Authors Dianna Love and Mary Buckham Present Free Workshop for Aspiring Fiction Writer

Fayette County Public Library on Tuesday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Award winning author Mary Buckham and New York Times best-selling author Dianna Love visit the Fayette County Public Library on Tuesday, April 13 to present a free workshop for aspiring fiction writers. The two-hour program begins at 7:00 p.m. in the library meeting room.

What makes a great story? Why do some stories fall apart before they get started? Once you have a manuscript that is ready to go, what’s the next step? How has publishing changed in the past year? Mary Buckham and Dianna Love will answer these questions and many more, plus share a sample worksheet from their new book, “Break Into Fiction,” based on their successful national writing workshops. Copies of “Break Into Fiction” will be available for purchase at the event, with proceeds benefiting the Friends of the Fayette County Public Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Dianna Love lives in Peachtree City. Her first book, “Worth Every Risk,” published under the name Dianna Love Snell, won ten awards including the prestigious RITA Award. Her second release was “Phantom in the Night,” a romantic thriller she co-wrote with best-selling author Sherrilyn Kenyon as part of the ongoing Bureau of American Defense (BAD) Agency stories. Love’s partnership with Kenyon continues, with two more novels and an upcoming novella so far in the BAD Agency series.

Mary Buckham lives in the state of Washington. Her novels of romantic suspense include “Invisible Recruit” and “The Makeover Mission.” Prior to getting her fiction published, Buckham enjoyed a successful career as an editor and a freelance writer of nonfiction.

The Fayette County Public Library is located behind the Fayette County administrative complex in downtown Fayetteville, at the southwest corner of Highways #85 and #54. For additional information, please contact the library at 770-461-8841.
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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Jackie Gingrich Cushman Nominated for Georgia Author of the Year Award

/PRNewswire/ -- Author, columnist, speaker and founder of the Learning Makes a Difference Foundation, Jackie Gingrich Cushman has been nominated for a Georgia Writer's Association (GWA) Georgia Author of the Year Award for her book, 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours, which she co-authored in 2009 with her father, former Speaker Newt Gingrich.

The book has been nominated in the Creative Non-Fiction category, and the winner is set to be announced in June at the GAYA ceremony.

"As a longtime resident of Georgia, it's an honor to be nominated by the Georgia Writer's Association this year for a book that has such importance to me and my family, and was inspired by the students in the Learn, Earn and Achieve program run by the Learning Makes a Difference Foundation," said Cushman. "5 Principles for a Successful Life can help every reader move closer to achieving their dreams, and I'm thrilled about the opportunity to share its message with fellow Georgians."

In 5 Principles for a Successful Life, Cushman and her father show how one can live life to the fullest by following just five principles: Dream Big, Work Hard, Learn Every Day, Enjoy Life and Be True to Yourself.

In addition to being an author, Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate, writing a weekly column that focuses on current events and political issues from a mom's perspective, and is a sought-after public speaker represented by WorldWide Speakers Group. Cushman serves on The Georgia Advisory Council for the Trust for Public Land, the board of Genesis: A New Life, and the board of the Learning Makes a Difference Foundation. She has been a guest on the Mike Huckabee Show, Geraldo At Large, Fox and Friends, CNN and NPR.

The Georgia Writer's Association was founded in 1994, sponsoring conferences, seminars, and monthly writing workshops. GWA is currently housed in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA.

GWA sponsors the annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA), first given in 1964 by the Dixie Council of Authors and Journalists. Commercially and independently published authors from Georgia are eligible for nomination. Awards in a variety of categories are announced and presented at the GAYA ceremony.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Poet Chad Davidson is the Next Author in the Clayton State Visiting Writers Reading Series

On Thursday, Mar. 4 at 6:30 p.m., the spring 2010 Visiting Writers Reading Series at Clayton State University continues with poet Chad Davidson reading in room B14 of the Lecture Hall.

The Visiting Writers Reading Series is sponsored by the Clayton State Department of English under the direction of Assistant Professor of English Dr. Brigitte Byrd. Davidson’s reading is sponsored in part by the Georgia Writers Registry through a LEGG (Literary Event Grants of Georgia) grant, and is free and open to the public.

An associate professor of literature and creative writing at the University of West Georgia, Davidson is the author of The Last Predicta (2008) and Consolation Miracle (2003). Both published by Southern Illinois University Press. He is the co-author, with Gregory Fraser, of Writing Poetry: Creative and Critical Approaches (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Prior to his reading on Mar. 4, Davidson will visit Byrd’s Advanced Poetry Writing class at 5 p.m.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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