Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The 2015 workshop had many highlights. Purple t-shirts. Special tote bags. New members! 

Everyone came away with knowledge and new writing connections. 

While there are many noteworthy moments from the workshop, I'm going to focus on one. Awards. Congratulations to ALL the winners!

2015 SWA Workshop Contest Winners

The Hal Bernard Memorial Award for Novel 
1. Weather Permitting – Jody Herpin--$60
2. My Friend Albert –John Sheffield--$40

The GT Youngblood Short Fiction Award
1. The Boy Who Drew the Spidery X – Tom Jordan
2. The Rise and Fall of Superdad – Stuart Blandford
3. The Hardest Part – Sandra Giles
HM  Bullied to Death – Nicole Blandford

The Microcosm Award 
1. Color of Pain - $50 Kris Burnett
2. My name is Hana - $30 Nicole Blandford
3. The Diary - $20 Sheila Hudson

The Vega Award for Speculative Short Fiction
1. Lucifer – Amy Wethington $100
2. The World of Alphabet Soup (Was) Point of Departure – Diane Douglas $50
3. You Can’t Go Home Again – Stuart Blandford  $25

Lines of Worth Award 
1. Familial – Bonnie Tobias

The Julie L. Cannon Award
Two first place winners
       1. High Hopes – Susan Lindsley $50 each
       1. Yellow Bellied – Mellie Justad $50 each

The Bill Westhead Memorial Award
1. It Takes a Suburb – Sheila S. Hudson
2. Up in Flames – Elaine Cameron
3. Angel on a Bicycle – Kristin Burnett

The Angel Award for Holiday Seasonal Writing
1. Christmas at the Hub and Hubbub – 
Sheila S. Hudson  $60
2. Easter Always – Ardsley Ames - $40

The Award for Excellence in Inspirational Writing
1. Peachy – Judith Barban
2. Heaven’s Gate – Catherine Fendig
3. Looking Back – Elaine Cameron
HM – Find Your Star and Shine – 
   Cheryl Hildebrand

The Cappy Award for Humo
1. Don’t Flip Your Wu-ig – Millie Justad
2. No Sign of Relief – Cheryl Hildebrand
3. My Mama’s Teeth – Judith Barban
HM The Transparent Attack on American   
   Heroes – Stuart Blandford
HM On the Road Less Traveled – 
   Sheila S. Hudson

Edna Sampson Award
My Friend Albert –John Sheffield

For more photos of all the winners, please check out SWA's Facebook page

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

You're NOT too late! But HURRY!

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. 

Here's the SCHEDULE

Meet the Faculty

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Race. Zoom. Fly. Get to SWA on St. Simons for THE best writers workshop

There's no time like NOW to register for the writers workshop.

Southeastern Writers Workshop is June 19-23 

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. 

There is no better way to open up your creativity than immersing yourself in craft. The priceless takeaway? Networking with some of the finest and most experienced writers in their respective fields. 

Who are they? Let's begin with 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 -

Writers, even published writers, are students of craft. Who are some of the writers already registered for SWA? 

Ardsley Emily Ames
Barbara Duffy
Brenda Rose
Briana Cole
Buzz Bernard
C. Hope Clark
Chris Tusa
Christy R Diachenko
Cynthia Tolbert 
Dana Wildsmith
Donald Vaughn
Embe Charpentier
Janet Shepperd Kellerher
John House
John Sheffield 
Judith Barban
L A Patrick
Larry Starkey
Linda Joyce
Mellie Justad
Patrick Hempfing
Sheila Hudson
SR Johannes
Stuart Clarke
Susan Lindsey 

Those listed in purple are SWA Board Members.

There is limited space remaining. 
Sign up NOW.
Don't miss this opportunity
to learn and connect. 
After all, no one understands a writer better than another writer. 

See you soon!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Where will you be on June 19th?

It is our fondest hope that you will join SWA at Epworth by the Sea on St. Simon's Island, GA for the 40th Anniversary Writers Workshop. 

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

Meet the Faculty 


Debra Koontz  My second book, Edging Through the Darkness, is now available on Amazon! I am excited, and am reaching out to my friends, family and colleagues for support during this initial launch of book two in The Crossings Trilogy.If you wouldn’t mind taking a few minutes out this coming week to help us spread the news it will be greatly appreciated!

Linda Joyce - Her newest release, Bayou Beckons, book three of the Fleur de Lis series, is available on June 3rd. Bayou Bound, book two of the Fleur de Lis series is now a 2015 RONE Award Finalist. Winners will be announced in September. 

Submission Call

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2015: Call for Entries

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is open for submissions. Now in its eighth year, the award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by industry experts including Arifa Akbar, literary editor of The Independent. Prizes include £500 and publication in an anthology of new writing, giving you the chance to showcase your work to a wider, international audience.
Prizes include:
  • £500 Poetry winner
  • £500 Short Fiction winner
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
  • One year subscription to Granta
  • Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage
  • Complimentary copy of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
There are two categories for entry: Short Fiction (maximum length 2,000 words each) and Poetry (maximum length 40 lines each).
Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2015.
Submit your #poetry #shortfiction to @AestheticaMag Creative #Writing Award. Win #publication to showcase your talent
Images can be downloaded from or you can contact me.
Best wishes,
Alexandra Beresford
Marketing Coordinator
Aesthetica Magazine
PO Box 371
YO23 1WL
0044 (0)1904 629 137
01144 1904 629 137 from USA and Canada

Happy Writing!

Hope to see you soon!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tick Tock. Are you ready to GO?

Three weeks! 

Will I see you there? 


Southeastern Writers Association 40th Annual Writers Workshop on St. Simons Island. 

If you want to learn about writing, regardless if you're a beginner or experienced, not yet published or multi-pubbed, into fiction or non-fiction, humor or satire, or seeking an agent or a publisher, or you're looking for like-minded souls in poetry, SWA has something for you.

The cost of admission brings the world of writing to you. It includes:

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  - Sent email 5 18 15
Columns: Darrell Huckaby  contacted him through his website 5 18 15

Memoir: Dana Wildesmith

And as they say, the experience of SWA--PRICELESS!

Like any great organization, SWA is built by it's volunteers. Would you like to help out even in a small way? Please contact SWA and let us know about your interests and talents. We'd be very grateful to have your support. And, again as they say, the experience is PRICELESS!

Send an email with your interest to

SWA Members SHINE!

Lola Schaefer sends a big THANK YOU to the awards committee of The Correll Book Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Informational Text. I enjoyed everything about my trip to the University of Maine this weekend, but most of all the company. My award for SWAMP CHOMP is now hanging in my office.

Susan Lindsley—WHEN DARKNESS FELL wins 1st Place in the Indie’s 2015 Contest
What a thrill! From 2001 to 2014, from typewriter to computer, from a thousand-page monster to a tighten published novel and a first place finish on a national scale!  The Independent Book Publishers selected my novel  WHEN DARKNESS FELL as best Regional Novel for the year.  That is FIRST PLACE in my category.  
Reviewers who commented for the book cover compared my writing with that of  Eudora Welty, Erskine Caldwell, Flannery O’Connor, Carson McCullers and Rick Bragg.
It began as a story of  events I remembered from my youth—stories of interracial romance and the KKK, murder “up the road at a neighbors,” a man who saved his own  urine in the refrigerator in his store until he could find a scientist to test it for poison, a child killing a parent—and a few other such events.
When it hit more than a thousand pages of draft, I was told to cut it to “less than half.”  My enthusiasm for it exploded when the first chapter won “best novel” at the Southeastern Writers Workshop in 2003. Fiction teacher Cecil Murphey (on The York Times best-seller list for 90 Minutes in Heaven and other books) judged the manuscripts. The “final” manuscript won first place again in the ThomasMax “You Are Published” contest—but the publisher wanted “more”—events that the narrator (a 12-year old girl)—did not see. Those additions are what made this book a winner.  

Cappy Hall Rearick
Dear Family and Friends,
One of my articles has been posted on the Facebook page today! You may read it at >>

You may share it with your friends and family on Facebook or by e-mail. Anyone can view the link – whether a member of Facebook or not. If you are a member of Facebook, I would encourage you to “like” the go60.usFacebook page and you will be able to see all of my articles posted on Facebook in the future.

Visit anytime to read more of my articles. While you are there, you may enter their $1,000.00 drawing held 5 times a year. 

“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should’ve behaved better.” 
~ Cappy Hall Rearick 
Syndicated Columnist and novelist
2009 & 2012 Georgia Author of the Year  Nominee
2014 National Society of Newspaper Columnists Humor Award Winner

Patrick Hempfing’s moMENts column titled “Thank You … at 70 words per minute” was published in the May issue of ten regional parenting magazines, spanning six states (NY, PA, NC, SC, TX, and ID) and taking his publishing credits over 250.  South Florida Parenting, Capital Gazette, Carroll County Times, Orlando Sentinel, and Sun Sentinel published “I Want my Momma.”  

We would be honored to meet you at the workshop!