Wednesday, February 4, 2015

February Fresh!

We closed the door on January and are launching into February.

Please share our news with all the writers in your life, and maybe, a few that need a nudge to take the plunge. SWA is the "nurturing writers" place for them: SWA is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting writers across the southeast through access to education and training, peer support, and resources.

We're working hard to make this year's workshop a wonderful experience. Lodging--there are several options at Epworth by the Sea or on St. Simons Island to choose from. Classes--if you're a fiction writer, your core classes will build on your knowledge, and there's a wealth of learning to be gained from the non-fiction section of the workshop, too (and vice versa for non-fiction writers). Education--SWA offers classes from some of the industry's respected authorities. Networking--you will never find a more welcoming group than the members of Southeastern Writers Association to offer you support on your writing journey.

Here's some "behind the scenes" things at SWA. 

For SWA's 40th Anniversary, Alexandra  Christle created a on-of-a-kind special logo. It will be printed on workshop bags and t-shirts. Soon, we'll be showing off the new logo. Many thanks to Alexandra for her creative talents!

Yes, you picked up on the fact that there will special ruby red (ruby signifies a forty-year anniversary) workshop bags this year AND a t-shirt for each person who registers. You get to select the size shirt you want, but you must get your registration in sooner than later to ensure proper sizing. 

The FRESHEST news? 

We're excited to announce that Southeastern Writers Association is offering 2 scholarships for the summer workshop at Epworth-by-the-Sea in St. Simon’s Island, GA. All you have to do is submit a 300-word essay on why you should be selected to attend the fiction writing sessions on June 19-21 or the nonfiction writing sessions on June 21-23. Be creative. Show your personality. We want you to be a part of our 40th anniversary of writers helping writers. 

The entry deadline is midnight on April 15th 

Please note: 
The scholarship pays for tuition only. The scholarship recipient will be responsible for their accommodations. Please email your entries to with a subject line of SWA Fiction Scholarship or SWA Nonfiction Scholarship. Good luck!
 Check out all the details of the workshop at

And, in case you missed the news. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN.

Faculty List – 40th 
Annual Southeastern Writers Workshop
June 19-23, 2015

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's featured instructor is C. Hope Clark. She'll be teaching Fiction Writing.

C. Hope Clark is a freelance writing expert, author of the Carolina Slade Mystery Series, the Edisto Island Mystery Series, and editor of, a weekly newsletter service that reaches 40,000+ writers. 

She was born and reared in the South, from Mississippi to South Carolina with a few stints in Alabama and Georgia. The granddaughter of a Mississippi cotton farmer, Hope holds a B.S. in Agriculture with honors from Clemson University and 25 years’ experience with the U. S. Department of Agriculture to include awards for her management, all of which enable her to talk the talk of Carolina Slade, the protagonist in most of her novels. Her love of writing, however, carried her up the ranks to the ability to retire young, and she left USDA to pen her stories and freelance. 

Check out her books at Amazon  


Dr. John House: I'm pleased to report that TRAIL OF DECEIT, published by Limitless Publications is now available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. My agent, Jeanie Loiacono did a marvelous job getting the book to publication in record time. I invite comments to my email from all who read it.

Erika Hoffman: In the WOW Principles newsletter for January, Terri Elders has an article in which she has gathered various writers’ responses to the question: Why bother to write? Terri asked  Erika Hoffman to reply to that question. Erika was honored to see her answer near the response of Lisa See, a NYT bestselling author!

Linda Joyce: Book three of my Fleur de Lis series, BAYOU BECKONS will have a June 1st release date, just in time for the start of hurricane season and the approaching 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Diva who tries to wreck it all. 

Don't miss out on the opportunities offered by Southeastern Writers Association 40th Anniversary Workshop. 

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