Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Rockin' and Rollin' -- Register NOW

Hey there! 

What steps are you taking to make your work shine?
Reading a new “How-To” book on writing? Meeting your daily or weekly word count? Immersing yourself in Social Media to promote you work?

Want to kick it up a notch? We have an opportunity for you. 
The 2015 Southeastern Writers Association 40th Anniversary Workshop! 
Registration is now open. http://southeasternwriters.org/Writers_Workshop.html 

Ready?
Set.
Go!
Don’t wait. Register now to ensure your seat.

Why? The workshop could change your life. 
Think that’s dramatic? Poetic license rather than truth? You’d be wrong.


There are many returning writers ready to share their success stories, and help you reach your writing goals. Reading the Applause section below is evidence of what SWA can do for you.


  
Each week in the Purple Prose, we are highlighting a faculty member and some aspect of the workshop, so keep reading below.






Members of SWA Shine!







Patrick Hempfing’s moMENts column titled “The Humbling Workout” was published in the January issue of eight regional parenting magazines, spanning seven states (NY, PA, NC, FL, TX, WI and CA), and five newspapers (Capital Gazette, Carroll County Times, CTnow, Orlando Sentinel, and Sun Sentinel). Idaho Family Magazine and New York Parenting (Manhattan Family, Brooklyn Family, Queens Family, Bronx/Riverdale Family, and Staten Island Family) published “Windows and Wheels” in their January issue. Patrick first attended SWA in 2011.

Amy Wethington:  “I’m excited to say I signed a two book contract with Parkgate Press LLC for my science fiction book, PROJECT PARANORMAL and a sequel under the pen name: L. A. Patrick. Submission date is March 31, also my birthday. Print release is expected in the fall of 2015 followed by an eBook release three to nine months later. This is the same book that won The Hal Bernard Memorial Award for Novel, second place at SWA two summers ago (earlier draft, different title: ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS). The journey from idea conception to book contract offer was a long and arduous one made easier by SWA’s “writers helping writers” motto.”


Linda Joyce is thrilled to announce that she signed a contract for two more books with The Wild Rose Press, bringing her total to five. Linda is also a national speaker and has resumed facilitating workshops. She recently presented SMART-R Goals to Writing Success for a group of published authors. Linda is a returning student of SWA.


My Twenty-Year Overnight Success By: Sheila S. Hudson

In June 1993, I strolled into Miss Ellie’s at Epworth-by-the-Sea to register for my first Southeastern Writers’ Workshop. I had published a few articles and was ready to get serious about writing. My husband encouraged me to answer an ad in the Athens Banner Herald about a writer’s group. Voila! I met Amy in that group and made it to SWA the following summer. Those two events changed my life.


Like most writers I have discovered, I am shy. If left to myself, I would sit tapping away at the computer and never go out. Though my rejections would wall paper a room, I acted as if I believed it when I said, “I am a writer” in my first class—Inspirational Writing with Cec Murphey.


The encouragement I received that first year plus the friendships I made have stayed with me. I describe SWA as writer’s camp because every year is like a reunion. The faculty and classes are great, but the thing I look forward to most is catching up with my writing buddies. I want to hear about their successes and share mine as well.


On my tenth anniversary at SWA, I was asked to join the Board of Directors and happily agreed to serve. It was my way of giving back some of the support that had been lavished on me. Over the years, I served as President, Co-President, and Registrar with others who sacrificially gave of their time, talent, and funds to see that this annual conference would continue.


I say without reservation that had it not been for SWA, I would have abandoned my writing dream long ago. I certainly would never have published my first book, 13 Decisions That Will Change Your Life.


Amy Munnell has been a faithful writing buddy, editor, supporter, and listener from the first day we met. I met Debra Brown that first year and we have been friends ever since. In my tenure, we’ve said goodbye to many beloved writer friends, but we have also welcomed new ones. I have had the privilege of editing manuscripts, judging contests, being a Beta reader for others, plus providing funding for awards.


In the past, Southeastern Writers has produced some significant writing successes. Every year I witness more potential budding bestsellers coming through the gate at Epworth-by-the-Sea. Writers helping writers is a motto that Southeastern devotees take very seriously.


Lawrence Kasdan, famous screenwriter, producer, and director, said, “Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.”


That might sound scary to some. But a writer can’t imagine anything else. Thank you SWA for providing a writers’ haven of those who understand.


You will find Sheila’s book here: http://amzn.com/0692322485 


2015 marks the 40th Anniversary of SWA’s Workshop, June 19th-23rd 
on St. Simons Island, Georgia


This week we are featuring a publisher, CreateSpace  https://www.createspace.com/

CreateSpace, an Amazon company, helps people independently publish & distribute books, music or films in physical or digital formats, A representative will meet with workshop attendees to answer questions, discuss book projects and discuss the ins and outs of self-publishing.

Here’s the faculty line up. 

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/ 

Please join us for the 2015 Southeastern Writers Association 40th Anniversary Workshop, June 19th-23rd 
on St. Simons Island, Georgia



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

You are Your Best Investment ~ Workshop Time!

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Southeastern Writers Association—SWA is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting writers across the southeast through access to education and training, peer support, and resources. Founded in 1975, our membership is comprised of a diverse group of writers from more than twelve Southern and Mid-Atlantic states who represent a variety of genres, styles, and levels of experience; but who are bound by a common passion for the written word. 



Members of SWA Shine




John House: I'm pleased to report that my agent Jeanie Loiacono of Loiacono Literary Agency has secured a publisher, Limitless Publishing, for my latest manuscript, TRAIL OF DECEIT. It should be in print by spring and hopefully I can present it at the SWA Conference. 

Linda Joyce inked a contract with The Wild Rose Press for BAYOU BECKONS, book three of the Fleur de Lis series, coming June 1st. 


40th Anniversary SWA Workshop, June 19 -23, 2015 
on St. Simons Island. 

Check the post of 1/14/15 to peruse the workshop faculty list.

Each week from now until the workshop in you, you'll learn more about the faculty, events, and evening socials. This is an educational opportunity and a celebration you won't want to miss. What's better than investing in your writing career by investing in yourself? Add in fun. As a bonus, you'll meet SWA members who are a great resource for everything related to writing.


This week, we’re introducing Dancing with Bear Publishing 

pub•lish•er   noun

a person or company that prepares and issues books, journals, music, or other works for sale.

Dancing With Bear Publishing is a full service, innovative publishing house owned by author Marie McGaha. We are a Christian publisher and strive to publish only the best works that glorify God, and help people in their walk with the Lord. No matter where we've been, God has a plan for our lives. And no matter what we've done, it's never too late to ask God to forgive us. He is a ready and willing help in times of trouble, and through the pages published here, we hope to inspire, minister, help, and show the love of God.

Dancing With Bear Publishing keeps the author in mind with higher royalties, promotional help, the best editors, and cover artists.

If you are an author, whether aspiring or multi-published, check out our submissions page and send us your manuscript. We think you're going to love being a part of the DWB Publishing family!




Welcome! 
We are happy to welcome you to the Dancing With Bear Publishing Children's website. Our children's authors are the best in the business and offer stories with heart, love, and guidelines to grow by. We offer the books in both print and e-book format, so whether you want to sit down and read with your child, or keep them occupied with an electronic reader while on a road trip, we have several different formats sure to fit your e-reader or computer. 
For mommy and daddy, we have a collection of books at our parent site, Dancing With Bear Publishing, that are just the thing for reading when you have a few moments alone, or at bedtime. Our books for grown-ups offer spiritual encouragement, Christian standards, and are available in print and e-book format. 

Opportunities for Members

Speaking Without Interruption http://www.speakwithoutinterruption.com/site/ has been operational for a little over six years.  Our site is dedicated entirely to the pursuit of “Free Speech.” SWI is completely open to all writers, and viewers, to express their opinions without fear of editing, deletion, or censoring. I am writing to extend an invitation to anyone associated with your group to become a Contributor to our site. If there is interest – below is the link to begin the registration process:
By design – I do not allow advertising on our site nor do I realize any financial gains from it. SWI is offered, at no cost, to those who would like to use it “freely.” I place no limits on topics or areas of discussion nor do I have minimum posting requirements to remain a Contributor. 
Bob Grant, Editor
Kansas City, Missouri
SpeakWithoutInterruption@gmail.com

The Ticket to Write Beatles-themed Festival playwriting contest is now open for entries for the fourth year. We are currently exploring several venues and slots in Liverpool to perform the selected plays. 
As usual the plays can be about the people, stories inspired by songs and song-titles or any genuine connection with The Beatles. 

The should be 40 - 45 minutes long and able to be performed by a maximum of four actors. More characters are allowed if it is practical to multi-role.

The winner gets a tasty £150 and it costs only £10 to enter. Entries must be in by April 7, 2015.
All plays will be assessed anonymously by a theatre professional and three will go forward to be performed. Professional judges and the audience vote will count towards the final result.

All entries will receive a considered written critique from the assessor who will receive all of the £10 entry fee. A windfall has enabled us to fund the prize money.

Full details are under How To Enter on our website www.acedrama.co.uk 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

21 Weeks and Counting Down to SWA's 40th Anniversary Celebration and Workshop



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 Members of SWA continue to shine.

Erika Hoffman is quoted in an article in the "Inkwell" section of Writer's Digest, February 2015. See what she says on page 13! The article discusses writing for small markets. 

2015 marks the 40th Anniversary of SWA's Workshop. Join us from June 19th through the 23rd on St. Simons Island, Georgia

Each week from now until the workshop in you, you'll learn more about the faculty, events, and evening socials. This is an educational opportunity and a celebration you won't want to miss. What's better than investing in your writing career by investing in yourself? Add in fun. As a bonus, you'll meet SWA members who are a great resource for everything related to writing.

Here's the amazing faculty line up: 
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 

This week we're featuring Fairbank Literary Representation. They seeks manuscripts in these genres: 

Narrative Nonfiction
General Fiction
Literary Fiction
International Voices Mystery
Thrillers (taking on very few)
Reference
Biography
Works addressing race and class issues
Lifestyle
Pop Culture
Cookbooks
Science
Architecture and Design
Food and Wine
Humor


An introduction to the agency: 
A small, selective agency and member of AAR, the Author's Guild, and Grub Street's Literary Advisory Board, Fairbank Literary Representation is happily entering its eleventh year. Clients range from first-time authors to international best-sellers, prize winning-journalists to professionals at the top of their fields.


Our tastes tend toward literary and international fiction; the occasional mystery or thriller with a firm sense of place; memoir that goes beyond the me-moir; topical or narrative non-fiction with a strong interest in women’s voices, global perspectives, and class and race issues; quality lifestyle books (food, wine, and design); pop culture; craft; and gift and humor books. We are most likely to pick up works that are of social or cultural significance, newsworthy, or that cause us to take great delight in the words, images or ideas on the page.

Lately we have been doing extremely well in the humor/gift/pop culture category, and we’d love to take on more projects in those categories. We do have a strong sense of humor, but above all, we look for a fresh voice, approach, story, or idea.

If you seek them out at Publishers Market Place, you'll find a list of their leading clients and recent sales/forthcoming books. We look forward to Sorche's return to SWA's workshop. 

Opportunities for Members

I-Park 2015 Creative Writing Program / Application Deadline: February 2, 2015

I-Park, located in rural East Haddam, CT (U.S.), announces its 2015 multi-disciplinary artists-in-residence program. The program is open to writers (all genres) looking to expand and enrich their creative practice in a retreat-like, collegial setting – in the company of visual artists, music composers, architects and landscape/garden/ecological designers. Self-directed residencies will be offered from May through November, 2015. Most residencies are 4-weeks in duration. International applicants are welcome.

I-Park provides comfortable, private living quarters in an 1850’s era farmhouse, a private studio space and a food program. While the typical residency revolves around studio work, those wishing to integrate the language arts into a site installation will have broad access to I-Park’s expansive grounds.

Work samples are evaluated through a competitive, juried process. A $30 application fee helps defray the cost of the independent selection panel. Accepted writers are responsible for their own work materials as well as transportation to and from the area. The program is otherwise offered at no cost to invitees.

There will also be a special Environmental Art Program in September, 2015 (residency and exhibition) for which site-responsive language arts proposals will be solicited – details to be announced.

Program details, application form and comprehensive FAQ are available at www.i-park.org. For more information, contact Leslie Wolf, Residency Program Manager at info@i-park.org or 860-873-2468.

Monday, January 5, 2015

SWA Happy New Year wishes




Greetings!

We've flipped the calendar to 2015.  Have you started your writing goals? Checking them twice? Are they SMART-R goals? Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timely, and Rewarding?

What other things could you consider including in your 2015 Writing Goals?

*Educational opportunities

*Training sessions

*Networking

*Contests Entries--maybe to become winners!

Through SWA you can have it all!

If you're a writer just starting out, a writer on the rise, or an author, SWA has something for you.

Please check out the website: http://southeasternwriters.org/http://southeasternwriters.org/
 

The Workshop dates are June 19-23, 2015, with the fiction mini-workshop running June 20-21 and the nonfiction mini-workshop on June 22-23.




Please meet the faculty:


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 is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting writers across the southeast through access to education and training, peer support, and resources. Founded in 1975, our membership is comprised of a diverse group of writers from more than twelve Southern and Mid-Atlantic states who represent a variety of genres, styles, and levels of experience, but who are bound by a common passion for the written word."


























Friday, August 29, 2014

Last Minute Submission Information

Hey y'all! I know we usually post about submissions and contests well before the deadlines in order to give all of you plenty of time to write and edit your stories/poems before you send them in. 

Well, this is not one of those times. But! If you have something ready to go and you would like to submit your short fiction or poetry to a contest where you might win £500 and either an agent consultation  for your fiction or a mentorship for your poetry, as well as publication in the respected Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual. For more information, click that link up above and get cracking on those submissions! The deadline is this Sunday (the 31 of August), so you only have a few days to enter! 

If August 31 seems too soon, how about September 1? That gives you a whole extra 24 hours to prepare something to submit to Dancing With Bear Publishing's October anthology that will be specifically about breast cancer in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. They are looking for stories both from survivors and from family members and friends of those who have had the disease. If you have been affected by breast cancer, please think about submitting to this anthology. For more information and how to enter, click the link above. 

We do hope that everyone who is able to submit does, and we'll be sending you all well wishes this holiday weekend! And, if any of you are chosen for either anthology, let us know! We'd love to post about that, or any other exciting news you may have here on the blog. Send any and all emails to swapurplepros@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you and good luck!