Friday, April 22, 2011

The 4th Annual Generations Gallery 2011 WRITERS CONFERENCE

Writers and poets return to Historic Indian Springs on Friday and Saturday, May 20 -21st, 2011 for The Fourth Annual WRITERS CONFERENCE hosted by Generations Gallery in Flovilla, GA. The event is targeted to those who dream of being a writer but need to sharpen their skills and learn from the experiences of published authors and poets.

“An experienced author will tell you that writing the book is only half the journey,” explains conference moderator, author Anne B. Jones. ”Knowing what a publisher expects is critical.”

The casual venue and small group size will allow for intimate interaction with the speakers. Popular writers will share stories about their own careers and provide insight into style. This year, the event features a workshop by The Georgia Poetry Society. Editor, Judy Bozrath will delve into how to polish a manuscript before submitting it to a publisher. William Rawlings, Jr. will discuss the challenge of marketing a book once it is published. The casual venue and small group size allows for intimate interaction with the speakers.

Featured presenters include writers Haywood Smith (The Red Hat Club),

Anne B. Jones (Tides of Fear), William Rawlings (The Mile High Club),

Jaclyn Weldon White (Whisper to the Black Candle), Jaclynn Morris

(From Me to You), editor Judy Bozarth and Georgia Poetry Society Poets

Ron Self (editor of the Brick Road Poetry Press) and J.C. Reilly (La Petite


The schedule includes a Friday afternoon tour of the Indian Spring Hotel Museum; a session on “Empowerment is Having the Tools” by thriller author Anne B. Jones; a workshop by Georgia Poetry Society Poet Ron Self; a Mix and Mingle Reception at the Hayes House circa 1853 with a Friday night Open Mic Event hosted by the Georgia Poetry Society.

Saturday includes a Continental Breakfast and morning sessions presented by Keynote Speaker Haywood Smith, author Jaclynn Morris, and editor Judy Bozarth. A catered lunch will feature readings by Poet JC Reilly and a Featured Presentation by Anne B. Jones. This will be followed by to afternoon sessions by William Rawlings and Jaclyn Weldon White, and a Georgia Poetry Society Workshop by J.C. Reilly. The evening’s campfire meal offers a chance for debriefing and networking.

Fee $150. Most credit cards accepted. For more information contact 800-352-7212 or 770-227-4002 weekdays, 770-775-7916 on weekends.

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Michael Garrett, Editor For Stephen King and Joyce Carol Oates, to Hold Writing Workshops at the University of Georgia April 30 - May 1, 2011

/PRNewswire/ -- The University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education is offering a series of five writing workshops on April 30 - May 1, 2011. The workshops will be taught by Michael Garrett, an internationally respected editor and published author.

Garrett is credited in Stephen King's non-fiction book, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, as Mr. King's first editor. In a professional capacity, he has edited the works of such greats as Joyce Carol Oates, Harlan Ellison, Lawrence Block, and many others for major publishers like Pocket Books and Kensington Publishing, and is one of the top recommended freelance manuscript editors in the world. Additionally, Garrett is the co-editor of a thirteen-volume internationally award-winning horror fiction anthology series, Hot Blood, which has been optioned for television.

According to Mr. Garrett, "…the best person to give unpublished authors advice on how to avoid rejection is someone who rejects manuscripts -- editors! Only editors know for sure why manuscripts are rejected. Unpublished authors will keep making the same mistakes until someone in the industry points out what they're doing wrong, and that's what I hope to achieve in my workshops."

Writing workshop dates and times are outlined below.

Fiction Writing for Beginners
April 30, 9 am-12 pm

The Truth about Self-publication
April 30, 1-4 pm

How to Become a Published Author
April 30, 6-9 pm

Creating Your Novel
May 1, 9 am-12 pm

Short Story and Novel Feedback
May 1, 1-4 pm

To register or for more information go to, call 706-542-3537 or 800-811-6640. Discounts are available if registering for more than one workshop.

The University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education is a unit of the University of Georgia's Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach. The Center, provides innovative lifelong learning opportunities through its continuing education programs.

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Bill Monroe Releases First Poetry Collection: Slow Turning

A review of William D. Monroe, Jr. Slow Turning:  A Collection of Songs and Poetry for Adults who were Sexually Abused as Children (Volume I) (Create Space, 2010); 95 pp $14.95; ISBN-10: 1453774831 ISBN-13: 978-1453774830

Reviewer: Forrest W. Schultz

Bill Monroe of Newnan is a businessman, an aspiring martial arts instructor, and a poet. Late last year he published the first collection of his poems, which were individually written on various dates spanning from May 9, 1991 through July 24, 2010. They are arranged in the chronological order in which they were written. Following each poem is its date of composition and a few brief remarks on its meaning by the author. These remarks are helpful. In fact, I wish more poets would do this. With so many poems the reader can only guess at what they mean.

These poems deal with the author's struggle to overcome the effects upon him of the sexual abuse he suffered as a child. This liberation occurred not all at once, but slowly, i.e. it was accomplished by the author's slow turning from darkness to light -- thus the title chosen for the collection. He plans to release later this year a second collection of poems titled Left-Handed Poetry.

Monroe is the second Southside author to have a book published dealing with childhood sexual abuse. The first one, Through The Eyes of Abuse, was published in 2009 by Clayton County author Deborah Hall-Branch. Both books are written with realism, maturity, and hope, which is a challenge when dealing with such a horrific topic. As such they are a testament to the vitality of the Southside literary scene.
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