Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Something Extra Special!

Southeastern Writers Association is offering 2 scholarships for the summer workshop at Epworth-by-the-Sea on St. Simon’s Island, GA. All you have to do is submit a 300-word essay about 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. You could 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

Don't miss out! 


This week we are rolling out the special logo for the 40th Anniversary of Southeastern Writers Association. Alexandra Christle of Christle Concepts is the graphic artist who designed this special logo. 

Now, more about the workshop. It's an important year. The Ruby Anniversary of SWA. 40 years of bringing a quality writing workshop to writers in the southeast. 

Faculty List for the June 19-23, 2015 workshop

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 are featuring Donald S. Vaughn. He will be teaching Nonfiction. 

Donald has been writing for over thirty years. He’s worked as a staff writer and/or editor for The Lake Worth Herald, Your Health Magazine and The National Examiner, worked as a full-time freelance writer, publishing more than 1,700 nonfiction magazine and newspaper articles and writing, 
co-writing, ghosting or contributing to thirty-two books. 

He’s also worked on fourteen books for Illinois-based Publications International Ltd., co-authored 500 Things to Do Before You Kick the Bucket, and have contributed to several volumes in the popular Armchair Reader series, including editions on Hollywood, Christmas, dogs, Ohio, Texas, New York City, and the Bible.

Always engaged, he also teaches teach Freelance Writing for Beginners through the continuing education program at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, North Carolina. He founded Triangle Area Freelancers (TAF), which is the largest organization in North Carolina devoted exclusively to nonfiction freelance writing. 

Writer’s Market (Writer’s Digest Books) profiled Donald in 2005 in a feature about successful national freelance writers. A follow-up profile appeared in the 2006 edition.

2009 brought a new writing aspect to him. He became a researcher for the television series I Survived on The Biography Channel. His duties included finding and interviewing people who had survived extraordinary circumstances, and writing a comprehensive report about each. Among those Donald interviewed, and who were featured on the show, was a California woman who had been viciously mauled by a mountain lion, and a North Carolina woman who had been shot nine times and left for dead as part of a violent gang initiation.

Donald is also a public speaker. He lectures on freelance writing, censorship and other topics close to his heart. 

We look forward to his classes at our June workshop. 

Find out more about Donald here:

Members Shine!

Last night, Linda Joyce joined a panel of four authors to kick off the Atlanta Authors Series 2015 hosted at the Roswell Library. The panel presented Tackling Sensitive Topics in Fiction. A lively Q&A followed, along with a chocolate tasting. 

We hope to see you in June. Sign up for the workshop now!

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