Saturday, March 1, 2008

Writers Conference Features a Variety of Topics -- Rescheduled

Previously scheduled for April, the Southern Writer's Conference has been rescheduled. On July 5 and 6, 2008, a small army of writers will converge on Newnan, GA as the First Annual Southern Writers Conference takes place.
The conference will include workshops, panels, and discussions by publishers, authors, and editors. Areas to be covered include writing for magazines, writing news releases, author self-promotion and advice on e-publishing as well as traditional publishing.
“Seating is limited,” said conference organizer Vickie Kennedy. “We can accept only 100 attendees at this event.”
In conjunction with the conference, eTreasures Publishing and Jawbone Publishing Corporation are sponsoring a writing competition with a June 1, 2008 deadline. First place winners in each category will receive an award and professionally published paperback copies of their winning entries. Submission details are available at
Presenters include Christina Barber, an editor, award-winning author and monthly contributor to The Muse Marquee, an online magazine. Barber will be sharing her knowledge of the urban fantasy genre as well as tips on book promotion.
Forrest Schultz will explain the procedure for writing news releases. Schultz, who holds degrees in engineering and theology, is past president of the C.S. Lewis/J.R.R. Tolkien Society of Philadelphia. A resident of Coweta County, he writes news releases covering local arts activities. Leader of the Coweta Writers Group, Schultz coordinated the Coweta Authors’ Book Signing Extravaganza in September, 2007
Vickie Kennedy, EPPIE award winning novelist and owner of eTreasures Publishing, will explain e-publishing. Her writing course will be available on CD-ROM at the conference. She will also have her books available as well as those she has published.
Kimberly Miller Wentworth will be presenting Wordsmithing - Simple Ways tp Punch Up Your Writing. She has been a teacher of several subjects during the past twenty years, including college freshman English. Presently she works with deaf adults, preparing them for the GED. She has published the novel The Tare in the Wheat along with several short stories and essays for Southern Distinction magazine. Her short story, Five Thanksgiving Turkeys, was awarded first place at the 2007 Southern Christian Writers Conference.
A newcomer to Coweta County, Swanee Ballman, president of Jawbone Publishing Corporation and an editor and award-winning author, will offer a workshop on the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of book publishing. Ballman is a former board member of the Florida Publishers’ Association and former writing consultant for Charlesbridge Publishing Company (Watertown, MA). Since 2000 she has assisted authors in the publication of more than 150 paperback and hardcover books.
“Jawbone is a complete printing facility, capable of producing perfect-bound and case-bound books,” said Ballman (Additional information on Jawbone is available at ).
The conference is open to writers of all genres. Authors with published titles will have the opportunity to participate in a booksigning/sale during the conference. They currently have a full schedule of presenters.
They will open the doors to the general public at no charge on Sunday July 6th from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM for books and
booksigning. Contact eTreasures Publishing for details. 770-683-1963.
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