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Regular meetings are held at 1:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Peach State Bank, 325 Washington Street, Gainesville, GA, 3rd floor. We welcome visitors and writers at all levels of experience and in all genres. Enjoy a free, informative program followed by social time with refreshments.

Members with limited mobility and guests may park at the Peach State Bank. All other members please park at St. Paul United Methodist Church across the street from the bank, as we have permission to use their spaces for overflow parking. (Please do not park in front of the glass doors of the church as those spaces are for their staff).


 

Current News


We need to select several categories for the 2015 Manuscript Contest. Horton, the chair for this year's contest, urges everyone to participate in the contest; it’s one way to get the most out of your membership. Practice your writing and get feedback from experienced judges. After all, isn’t improving your writing one of the reasons you joined a writers club? Please select your top three choices, from Horton's e-mail, and send them to him.


Next Month's Meeting


February 4, 2015

Special Speakers
Kristi Ann Hunter and Patty Smith Hall

Subject

From Reader to Fan: Storytelling lessons from Sherlock, Downton Abbey, and Doctor Who that will obsess your readers.

Everyone will benefit from this dynamic duo who will enlighten you on the use of social media and techniques to make your readers want to read your writing. Not published? You will still enjoy the presentation and find out what makes great story characters.


    

Upcoming Events


2015 Southeastern Writers Workshop

The SWA Board of Directors met July 13 to begin planning the 2015 SWA Writers Workshop, our 40th. Yes, 40 years! The Workshop dates are June 19-23, 2015, with the fiction mini-workshop running June 20-21 and the nonfiction mini-workshop onJune 22-23. We are currently contacting potential faculty members, but we hope to have an agent as always, an editor (or maybe two!), a novelist, a journalist, a poet, a YA author, a columnist, a short storyist and a memoir author. I hope we can squeeze them all in!

We are also planning a true celebration of our 40 years. What's in store? Well, that might not make the Workshop Updates. Don't you like surprises! I will say we hope to make the Workshop fun and festive as well as informative and beneficial to your writing career. . For more information see their website at http://southeasternwriters.org/Writers_Workshop.html

“Springmingle '15

Springmingle '15 will take place on March 13-15, 2015 in Decatur, GA, in its brand new Decatur Library venue, where attendees can enjoy the sites, shops, and restaurants of Decatur throughout the conference weekend. We have a fantastic line up this year for writers and illustrators of all levels. Every session, every speaker, every moment is designed to help writers and illustrators improve their work. Meet editors and agents from industry-leading agencies and publishing houses—and the friendliest, most supportive colleagues one could ever hope to find. Visit their website for a complete listing of workshops: Springmingle '15.



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