Writer's Conference Workshops Presented by Dekalb Medical

Friday, August 29, 2014 — 3:30 pm

Writer's Conference Workshops Presented by Dekalb Medical
Agnes Scott College - Buttrick Hall
141 East College Avenue Decatur, Georgia 30030

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Writer's Conference Workshops Presented by Dekalb Medical

Please note that all eight workshops will take place at the same time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Choosing Your Genre - Donna Gray Banks

The workshop covers how you decide what to write about.  What is your passion?  What is your interest?  No matter what the topic it requires research.  Make sure you are comfortable with the genre.  How talking to other authors in the same genre will help to give you an idea about the subject.  "Choosing Your Genre" is very interactive.  It gives the audience a chance to participate and maybe even think through their process of their genre and what it requires to complete a book on the subject.  Just because you like fish, does not mean you should write about them.  Do your research on other books in the genre and how they have done and then we talk a little about self publishing.

Five Essentials of Narrative - Jessica Handler and Suzanne Van Atten

What gives your story life on the page? Plot, character and scene are just the beginning. With writing exercises and discussion, we will take a close look at key elements of narrative – story – that will help you engage your readers. Open to fiction and nonfiction writers; all levels


Small Press/Big Success: How to Promote Your Small Press or Self-Published Book - Victoria Wilcox and Mimi Schroeder

Georgia Author of the Year Victoria Wilcox and book publicist Mimi Schroeder of Max Communications show you how to turn your small press or self-published book into a big success. They'll share proven techniques for reaching national audiences, getting local and regional media coverage, and creating a persona and platform that sells. Learn how to market yourself and your books and take control of your career. All workshop materials provided.


The Character Challenge: A Workshop for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators - Susie Wilde

Unique characters are crucial to children’s book success. Susie Wilde will introduce some of the fascinating characters she’s met during 30 years of reviewing.  Then, using Wilde’s “Reading Like a Writer” technique, participants will have an opportunity to examine and discuss recent picture books to discover what makes characters come alive. Together we will build a resource describing qualities of stellar characters. Participants will leave armed with an up-to-date bibliography to launch future reading adventures as well as techniques and suggestions to distinguish and develop characters that readers wonder and care about.


So, You Want to Publish an eBook?: Tips on publishing and selling an eBook - Ahmad Meradji and Angela DeCaires

This session will cover the critical aspects a writer should know if they plan to turn their manuscript into an eBook and market and sell the eBook, such as, “Does my book still need formatting? What’s DRM? What devices can my eBook be read on? How can I sell my eBook?”


Sitting In Front of the TV Can Enhance Your Creative Process - Lola Jaye

Contrary to popular belief, hours spent in front of the TV is not all a waste of precious writing time. Endless guilt coupled with thoughts of "I should be writing, instead of watching Breaking Bad" can now be banished to the ether because, studying movies and TV shows can be a useful yet enjoyable way to improve storytelling skills.


The 21st century has produced a new wave of technological advances to include one of the most powerful learning tools; instant movie and TV shows via streaming and on demand services. Fast becoming a thorough and affordable way to hone and craft creative writing skills, this course will highlight how writers can use the television to their advantage, guilt free.


The (S)lush Life:  How And Why You Should Submit to Literary Journals - The Chattahoochee Review

With over 10,000 print and online journals in existence, it is a daunting task for new and emerging writers to know which journals offer the best prospect of providing a home for their work.  And once they determine those journals, it is once again daunting for writers to learn that—despite their recent proliferation—many journals accept only about 2-5 % of work submitted via the slush pile.  Where does a writer start?


With such dim odds, The Chattahoochee Review editors are especially gratified to find new and emerging writers within the general submissions. In this class, TCR editors will provide an exclusive look into their decision-making processes about the thousands of submissions they receive every year, focusing on why they voted “yes” and subsequently published a variety of stories, poems, and essays that first appeared in “the slush.” What made these pieces exceptional? What do the editors look for? Members of TCR’s editorial team hope to provide some insight, for writers beginning to advanced.

Attendees are invited to bring the first page of a piece of fiction or nonfiction or a short poem, which the editors will discuss, focusing on how to strengthen the writing’s “first impression” to assure that it be given full consideration in the slush pile. Attendees will break into small groups according to genre to help best facilitate this workshop process.


The Chattahoochee Review is a literary journal sponsored by Georgia Perimeter College. Appearing regularly since 1981, it appeals to the educated general public for its readership and over the years has expanded its focus to include both international readers and writers.


Although its roots are in the South, publishing important writers such as William Gay, George Singleton, and Natasha Trethewey, it also publishes writers from other regions of the U.S. and other countries such as China, Denmark, France, and Mexico. Committed to exploring literature in translation and to writers who transgress borders, cultural and otherwise, the Review features poetry, fiction, nonfiction, interviews, reviews, and occasional graphic work and is also open to nontraditional forms. The Chattahoochee Review values established writers but takes great pride in discovering new voices, and its work is regularly featured in nationally published anthologies and books.