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,
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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!

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