Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Will you answer the call? SWA extends an invitation to you.



Southeastern Writers Workshop 

June 19-23, 2015 


Epworth by the Sea on scenic St. Simons Island, Georgia

Writers helping writers, 
that's the SWA way. 

SWA offers a unique workshop experience. 
Classes lead by experience writers with industry experience.
Meals, a variety of options on the buffet,
 are taken in a private dining room with a water view.
There are different lodging opportunities to meet your needs. 

The value of networking and making writing friends? 
PRICELESS

Please join us!



Agent-in-Residence: Sorche Fairbank – Fairbank Literary Representation -http://www.fairbankliterary.com

Publisher: Maria McGaha – Dancing with Bear - http://www.dancingwithbearpublishing.com/

Publisher: CreateSpace - https://www.createspace.com/

Novel: C. Hope Clark - http://chopeclark.com/

Nonfiction: Don Vaughn – http://www.donaldvaughan.net

Poetry & Flash Fiction: Chris Tusa - http://christophertusa.net/wp/

Young Adult: S.R. (Shelli) Johannes - http://www.srjohannes.com/

Columns: Darrell Huckaby - http://www.darrellhuckaby.net/

Memoir: Dana Wildesmith - http://www.danawildsmith.com/



SWA Members SHINE!




Erika Hoffman’s winning entry, The Little Engine that Could, will be featured in an upcoming issue of The Searcher, the journal of the Southern California Genealogical Society.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Don't Miss SWA! Join us for THE BEST Writer's Workshop


SWA is celebrating it's 40th Anniversary. Join us for a fabulous time. What's your genre? Fiction, Non-Fiction. Poetry. Humor. Columns--There's a class for you. 

Want to talk with an Agent? Want to meet a couple of publishers? SWA is the place be. 
St. Simons Island, GA


MEET the FACULTY

Agents and Publishers 


Agent-in-Residence: Sorche Fairbank – Fairbank Literary Representation - http://www.fairbankliterary.com/ 





Publisher: Maria McGaha – Dancing with Bear -
http://www.dancingwithbearpublishing.com/  








Publisher: CreateSpace - https://www.createspace.com/




FACULTY 




Novel: C. Hope Clark - http://chopeclark.com/






Nonfiction: Don Vaughn – http://www.donaldvaughan.net








Poetry & Flash Fiction: Chris Tusa - http://christophertusa.net/wp/





Young Adult: S.R. (Shelli) Johannes - http://www.srjohannes.com/








Columns: Darrell Huckaby - http://www.darrellhuckaby.net/






Memoir: Dana Wildesmith - http://www.danawildsmith.com/











JOIN US and Network with some of the BEST! 


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Where will you be June 19-23? SWA wants you!



2015 Southeastern Writers Workshop

Southeastern Writers Workshop will be June 19-23, 2015 at Epworth by the Sea on scenic St. Simons Island, Georgia.


The weekend workshop (June 20-21) is dedicated to fiction writing.

The weekday workshop (June 22-23) is focused on nonfiction writing.

Registration for a single workshop is $249.
Full conference tuition for both workshops is $445; however, those opting to stay on campus at Epworth by the Sea receive a discounted tuition of $395.

Full conference tuition includes entry to all sessions, 3 FREE manuscript evaluations with one-on-one feedback from our faculty, and access to an agent and two publishers.

Plus 15 contests with CASH PRIZES! The Awards Ceremony is June 23.

Already published and want to sell your work during our conference? Register then EMAIL US and our bookstore manager will help you set that up!

Where can you find out more? Check out SWA on Facebook or Twitter @SWAwriters


Meet the Faculty: 

Agent-in-Residence: Sorche Fairbank – Fairbank Literary Representation 
Publisher: Maria McGaha – Dancing with Bear
Publisher: CreateSpace 
Novel: C. Hope Clark 
Nonfiction: Don Vaughn 
Poetry & Flash Fiction: Chris Tusa 
Young Adult: S.R. (Shelli) Johannes
Columns: Darrell Huckaby 
Memoir: Dana Wildesmith 


Please join us for a fun packed workshop. 
Every evening, we have special events you won't want to miss.

See you in June!


Friday, May 1, 2015



Let Us Welcome You!


Southeastern Writers Workshop will be June 19-23, 2015 

The weekend workshop (June 20-21) is dedicated to fiction writing. 
The weekday workshop (June 22-23) is focused on nonfiction writing. 

Join us at Epworth by the Sea on scenic St. Simons Island, Georgia.



Want to meet an agent and learn inside scoop on how to draw attention to your work?

Seeking to meet a publisher? 

Looking for tools to grow your writing toolbox and polish your craft? 

Need the comfort of a supportive writing community? 

SWA offers all of this and more.





What better way to truly get a sense 
of SWA and what it has to offer 
than to meet it's members? 

Please meet Patrick Hempfing, SWA Treasurer

 and learn all about his path to publication. 




2011:  Attended first workshop in June with zero publishing credits; Honorable Mention, Young Child and Juvenile Writing Award.  In September, MOMents Magazine published my column “moMENts” and offered me a monthly slot.

2012:  Attended second workshop in June with ten publishing credits; Honorable Mention, The Hal Bernard Memorial Award for Nonfiction.  In November, I decided to self-syndicate “moMENts” nationally.  End of 2012:  17 publishing credits (GA, TX).

2013:  Six of my contest entries placed (five firsts, one third).  Publishing credits at year end totaled 59, spanning ten states and two Canadian provinces.

2014:  Three of my contest entries placed (second, third, and honorable mention); Received SWA Board-sponsored Writers Helping Writers Award.  Became SWA Treasurer.  Publishing Syndicate published one of my stories in Not Your Mother’s Book … On Working for a Living.  End of 2014 publishing credits totaled 180, spanning 19 states and two Canadian provinces.

2015:  In March, “moMENts” reached its 20th state.  On April 22, I hit 250 publishing credits.

I didn’t know what to expect when I drove to my first workshop in 2011.  I left the workshop thinking, “A book deal is not going to happen overnight.  I need to roll up my sleeves as there’s a lot of work ahead in order to achieve my writing goals.”  However, I also drove home from the workshop as a better writer and with a plan.  I’m thrilled with my results to date.

In closing, I’d like to share a story from April, 2013.  I attended one of my wife’s work functions and one of the guests asked my occupation.  Instead of my standard response, “I’m a Mr. Mom,” I confidently answered, “I’m a writer.”  The SWA deserves a lot of credit in helping me become a better writer.  I only wish I had come across this organization sooner. 

You can connect with Patrick at http://patrickhempfing.wordpress.com


We hope to see you in June!
Don't allow this opportunity to slip away. 
Take action NOW!




Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Got it?

Is this what you seek? If so, SWA is offering tools on your path to publication. 

Southeastern Writers Workshop will be June 19-23, 2015 at Epworth by the Sea on scenic St. Simons Island, Georgia.

The weekend workshop (June 20-21) is dedicated to fiction writing. The weekday workshop (June 22-23) is focused on nonfiction writing. 


Got It? Registration completed? 


Register HERE

Got it? Manuscripts submitted for critique?

Find out how to receive FREE manuscript reviews HERE

Got it? Seen the schedule for the workshop?
Peruse it HERE

Got it? Contests Entered? 

More details HERE

The Hal Bernard Memorial Award for Novel
- The first 10 pages (double-spaced)
- 1-page synopsis
- 1-paragraph "elevator pitch."
- Any genre, literary or mainstream



The Past Presidents’ Romance Award
- The first chapter and a five-page synopsis
- Romance novels only

The GT Youngblood Short Fiction Award
- Complete manuscript not over 3000 words
- Any genre, literary or mainstream

The Microcosm Award
- Fiction of at least 100 and not more than 500 words
The Vega Award for Speculative Short Fiction NEW
- Complete manuscript not over 4000 words.
- Stand-alone novel chapters also accepted

Lines of Worth Award
(in honor of Dorothy Williamson Worth and all she did to encourage poets at SWA)
- Each entry should be a collection of three poems, each up to thirty lines, not
including the title.
- Awards will be made to collections.

The Harry Rubin Award for Limericks NEW
- Submit 3 Limericks in standard form

The Julie L. Cannon Award
- Writing which exemplifies the southern spirit preferably in a subtle, nuanced, and
non-stereotypical manner
- 1,000 words or less
- Fiction or nonfiction, NO poetry

The Bill Westhead Memorial Award
- Complete manuscript not over 3000 words
- For the best short story with a subject matter of an event occurring during the
writer's childhood that shaped his/her life.

The Angel Award for Holiday Seasonal Writing
- Short fiction, poetry or essays of 1200 words maximum about the holiday season.

The Thomas Max “You are Published” Contest
- Prize is publication and 25 copies of the book with no obligation to author.
- Manuscript may be submitted in full or only first three chapters.
- A complete synopsis (3 to 10 pages) should accompany all entries. Approximate
word count should be included with synopsis, preferably 40,00 to 90,000 words,
fiction, non-fiction, or a collection of short stories.
- Do not send work currently under consideration by the publisher.
- The standard contract, which will be modified slightly to show that no money is
due from the author, can be seen by clicking here:
http://www.thomasmax.com/images/authorcontract.pdf
- Other details are available at http://www.thomasmax.com/contest.htm or send
SASE to “You are Published,” P O Box 250054, Atlanta GA 30325

The Very Merrie Bosom Buddy Award
- Nonfiction up to 750 words about your best friend.
- This poignant true story must make the reader laugh and cry.

The Dr. George L. Sheppard Memorial Award 
- Nonfiction up to 750 words about a supportive sibling.
- This poignant true story must make the reader laugh and cry.

The Award for Excellence in Inspirational Writing
- The piece may be religious or secular.
- It should be wholesome and leave the reader with a “take away” message of
encouragement, hope, comfort, fresh motivation, or renewed spiritual strength.
- Complete manuscript not over 1500 words

The Cappy Award for Humor

- Complete manuscript not over 1000 HILARIOUS words

Got it? Wanting to network and make writing connections? 

Friday night through Monday night, beginning around 9 pm, SWA will host a “Step Away from the Page” Social. A time to relax and get to know your fellow writers and faculty. 
This is the "What happens at SWA, stays at SWA" part of the workshop. 

Tuesday night is Awards Night with an After Party to follow. 



SWA Members Shine!






Erika Hoffman’s story  "The Best I Could" will be featured in Sasee Magazine of Myrtle Beach in May.



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