Tuesday, March 29, 2016

5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of the Southeastern Writers Workshop

The staff and faculty of the Southeastern Writers Workshop strive every year to make the Workshop the BEST tour days of your writing life. Here are a few things you can do to make your time even better.

Enter to win a  scholarship!  

TWO are available - Student and Adult! Deadline is April 18.  Read the details.

Enter as many of the contests you can!  

Nine contests offered and each has at least one cash prize!  Deadline is May 15.  Full guidelines are here.

Submit up to three manuscripts for evaluation for FREE! 

Each evaluation comes with a 15-minute one-on-one consultation. Deadline is May 28. Submission guidelines are here.

Go to ALL the classes!

We have gathered some of the best writers and industry professionals in the country.  You can learn something from everyone that may lead you to literary success from all of them. Find faculty bios and the class schedule is here.


Over meals, between classes, in the bookstore, at the evening socials. There is plenty of time built in to network with fellow attendees and faculty members. If you don't have a writing family, you can build one at our workshop.

Check out our website - southeasternwriters.org - for all you need to know about the Southeastern Writers Workshop, June 17-21 at Epworth-by-the-Sea, St Simons Island, GA!

Register Today!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Make the Most of Pivot Points

from "I Need Coffee" on the Huffington Post

Attorney Katie Rose Guest Pryal writes the blog I Need Coffee, a blog covering all things writing with the aim toward how to make a living writing. Katie is also the author of Entanglement: A Novel and Love and Entropy: A Novella and a contributor to the Chronicle of Higher Education, The Toast, Dame Magazine, and other national venues.  She recently discussed ways climb out of your "rut," banish your "funk" and knock through your "block."  Below is a excerpt:

"...So I decided I needed a different metaphor for thinking about this kind of writing space, a metaphor that’s less negative than, say, “rut.” I settled on the phrase “pivot point.”

"A pivot point, at its most basic, is the center of any rotational system.

"In basketball, you plant your pivot foot so you can move while not getting called for a traveling violation. That’s a good thing.

"When you are drawing with an old-fashioned compass, you firmly plant the sharp tip as your pivot point, and then you rotate the clamped pencil around it to create a perfect circle. That’s a good thing, too, so long as you didn’t accidentally stab yourself with the compass point.

"A train engine on a turntable rotates on a central pivot point, allowing something immensely heavy to change direction and head off another way. That’s kind of amazing, actually.

"Examples of pivot points abound. The examples are important because I really want to stop thinking about funks, ruts, and plateaus. I want to embrace these moments as moments of possibility rather than impossibility. (I sound very new-agey and unlike my ordinary practical self, but what I’m suggesting is very practical. Please bear with me.)

"At a pivot point, you do, indeed, stop moving forward. But you also have a multitude of possibilities around you. You pause in your forward progress, and you look around, taking in the different paths, and then pick a new one..."

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Would you like to attend the 41st Southeastern Writers Workshop TUITION FREE?

You could be here!

Win one of two scholarships to the SWA Writers Workshop!

Here’s how to enter:

  • Student Writer: ages 15-25 and enrolled in high school or college.  If the student writer is under 18, a parent or guardian must accompany him/her.
  • Adult Writer: age 18 or older
  • Submit a 500-word essay describing your journey as a writer and how attending the 41st Southeastern Writers Workshop will change your writing life.  Include why you are the most deserving of the scholarship.  Student Writers must include the name of their school or college.
  • The entry deadline is midnight on April 18th. Please email your entry to purple@southeasternwriters.org with a subject line of SWA Student Scholarship or SWA Adult Scholarship.
  • The scholarship pays for tuition only.
  • Winners will be announced May 1st

Why you should attend the 41st Southeastern Writers Workshop:
  • Full access to Jeanie Loiacono, CEO and President of the Loiacono Literary Agency, and Bob Babcock, Founder and CEO of Deeds Publishing
  • Specialty classes: Screenwriting, Young Adult, Marketing and more
  • 3 free manuscript critiques by our faculty of award-winning writers
  • Contests with cash prizes
  • Sell your books in the Workshop Bookstore

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Join Us For Four Of The Best Days Of Your Writing Life!

41st Southeastern Writers Workshop ~ June 17-21
Epworth-by-Sea ~ St. Simons Island, GA


Our Faculty includes:

Agent-in-Residence: Jeanie Loiacono, CEO and President of the Loiacono Literary Agency
Publisher: Bob Babcock, Founder and CEO of Deeds Publishing
Keynote Speaker: Janet Sheppard Kelleher, author of the best-selling Big C, little ta-ta

Novel Writing with Shamus Award Winner David Fulmer
Nonfiction Writing with Jedwin Smith, a 2-time Pulitzer nominee
Young Adult Fiction: Michele Roper (a.k.a Gillian Summers)
Screenwriting: Michael Lucker
Commercial Writing: Peter Bowerman (a.k.a. The Well-Fed Writer)
Marketing: My Write Platform

Other Features:

FREE Manuscript Critiques!
Contests with CASH prizes!

Scholarships Available! ~ purple@southeasternwriters.org for details

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Single Most Important Skill for Writing Success

Roy Furr is a proven direct marketing consultant and copywriter. He's worked with many of the best direct marketers on the planet, including: Agora Publishing, Boardroom, Investor's Place, and Nightingale Conant. This is his most popular article on The Barefoot Writer.

"Effectively setting goals … and following through with them."

Michael Masterson told me once that this is the foundation of everything he’s accomplished – from learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu … to writing New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling books … to creating multiple multimillion-dollar businesses.

Master copywriter John Carlton has said the only reason he’s one of the highest-paid copywriters on the planet is because of the goals he sets – knowing once he sets a goal, it will be accomplished … even if he doesn’t know how yet.

International marketing expert Dr. Joe Vitale is a goal-setting addict. (For good reason, too!) I asked him what goal-setting has helped him accomplish, and he told me, “I lost 80 pounds, appeared in a hit movie, sold half a million dollars of product, and bought a $350,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom … all due to goals.”

After I discovered the control over my time and finances I could get through my chosen Barefoot Writing path, freelance copywriting, setting goals has driven every step of my success.

Read the remainder here.