Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Third Annual Writers Conference in the Historic Village at Indian Springs‏ April 23-24

Award-winning authors join aspiring writers in the charming Village at Indian Springs in Middle Georgia to share the secrets of how books get made. Writer Dr. Anne B. Jones has planned an exciting program that includes professional writers, editors, and publishers. Small, intimate sessions mean more time to rub elbows with the speakers: Dale Cramer, Rosemary Daniell, Louise Staman, Dr. Anne B. Jones, Peter Bowerman, Beverly Browning, Jackie Lee Miles, William Rawlings, Jr., Patricia Sprinkle, Jackie Cooper.

It's all about passing along the stories of how these professionals got published; what they learned along the way; what helped them break into the business; and what pitfalls lie ahead for any writer in today's economy. Sessions include discussions on doing research; choosing your words carefully; writing memoirs; marketing and promoting your book once it is published; landing more lucrative freelance writing assignments; what the life of a writer is really like; what makes a book a thriller; writing the mystery; how to stay motivated and complete your manuscript; how to solve a murder; using your writing to heal your own life; turning your own life into a great book; writing the inspirational novel; and knowing what a publisher wants. Professional editors, designers, and publishers will be on hand to weigh the idea of self-publishing against traditional publishing. A full schedule can be viewed at www.thevillageatindiansprings.com/gallery. Conference registration starts at 2:00 pm Friday afternoon.

The two-day seminar is offered at a special reduced price of $100 this year and includes access to all seminars, book signing events, and meals. Space is limited to make the interaction more personal. Call Phase One / Generations Gallery to register by phone at 1-800-352-7212. or mail your check to Generations Gallery, attn: Writers Conference,1825 Hwy 42 South, Flovilla GA 30216. MasterCard, Visa, Discover accepted.

Charming cottages are available in The Village at reduced rates for conference attendees. Call 770-775-5350 to register at The Big Chief Country Store. Additional accommodations are available inside Indian Springs State Park at www.gastateparks.org/info/indspr or in nearby Jackson GA. Rooms are available at special reduced rate for the writers conference at Plantation Inn & Suites at www.plantationinnjackson.com



EVENTS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

An OPEN MIC Event will be hosted by Generation Gallery Writers Group on Friday evening. Reception starts at 5:00 pm and is open to the public as well as seminar attendees. You are invited to read from your latest work. Call 1-800-352-7212 to register. The informal, cozy setting at the gallery is an ideal format to receive feedback from a supportive audience.

GENERATIONS GALLERY hosts a free on-going writer’s workshop every Saturday from 1-4 pm. Art classes and free workshops in an open studio environment makes this resort gallery/gift shop a favorite destination for year-round fun. See the website for details or call 1-800-352-7212 for more information. Nearby activities include Indian Springs State Park, the 100 acre lake with swimming, boating, and fishing, Dauset Trails' free wildlife exhibits, RV and cabins, hiking and bike trails, kayak rentals and the Museum and Garden Tours. Bring the family and plan to stay for a weekend of fun while you learn about writing. Writing Group Moderator, Patsy Clark, can be reached through the gallery at 770-775-7916 on weekends. Hours: Friday 10 am -5 pm; Saturday 10am -5 pm, all other days by appointment only. Generations Gallery Staff can be reached by phone anytime at 770-227-4002 through Phase One Design Services Inc, 282 Fox Rd., Griffin GA 30224.

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Local Poet Speaks from the Heart

In his first book of poetry, The Heart Of The Poet, Lawrence (Larry) B. Jones, a Jackson resident, lays bare some very familiar truths that we all feel, but perhaps unconsciously, choose to deny - often for a lifetime. This ordinary man, now retired from a career in business management, asks us to step out of character...to listen to his words with our hearts ...to find what rings true for every man. He doesn't use fancy words, or write poems that are too hard to follow. He makes sense - balancing honest, everyday words into thought provoking poetry. His look at life is refreshingly simple, yet profound.

His book has just recently been published and is available exclusively at GENERATIONS GALLERY in The Village at Indian Springs, Flovilla. Larry started coming to the writers' group meetings, led by Patsy Clark, on Saturday afternoons at the Gallery about a year ago. "Poetry was something new for me," explains Larry, " and while we work together on many styles in the group, and I read from the other books I am writing, there was encouragement from the others to try my hand at poetry. I am glad I did."

Lawrence Jones is a published writer and photographer, who was born in Newport News, Virginia in 1938. He attended Old Dominion University, in Norfolk, Virginia. In 1966, he trained at the University of New Mexico for VISTA and served as a Volunteer in Service to America in Arizona until 1968. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the State University of New York in Saratoga Springs in 1990. Well traveled in the United States, his first collection of poetry is primarily based on his life experiences.

The gallery encourages local artists and writers and sponsors the ANNUAL WRITERS CONFERENCE on April 23-24th, bringing professional writers to Butts County to speak on a variety of subjects: how to improve writing skills; writing your life story; how to get published; how to finish your manuscripts and more. A full description of the sessions is available at www.theVillageatIndianSprings.com/gallery or you may call 1-800-352-7212 for more information.

If you want to publish your work, contact the gallery at 770-775-7916. The gallery is open on weekends, Friday and Saturday from 10:00-am - 5:00 pm or by appointment. The Heart of a Poet by Lawrence B. Jones is published by GENERATIONS GALLERY / Phase One Design Services, and is available for $18.95.

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