Monday, April 27, 2009

Four Writers Retreats Planned for 2009 at Indian Springs

Energized by the well-attended WRITERS CONFERENCE this weekend, Generations Gallery announces that local author, Dr. Anne B. Jones, Blackwater Rising, will host a series of four WRITER'S RETREATS this year at the Gallery. Based on her newest book, TOOLS for SUCCESSFUL WRITING, the workshops will provide hands-on skill development with one-on-one critiques.

The sessions will be held on Thursday and Friday, with attendees encouraged to stay over for the free Writers Group that meets every Saturday at the Gallery from 1-4 pm. Dates are scheduled for June 4-5, August13-14, October 15-16 and December 3-4 when the Village is alive with Christmas Lights. Attendees will be encouraged to stay in the Vintage Cottages behind the Gallery. Workrooms will be made available to the guests during their stay so they can write and do artwork while in the Village. Call the Gallery at 800-352-7212 for details and costs on the various packages. Registration will be limited to 6-10 participants per session.

The Village at Indian Springs buzzed with excitement this weekend as aspiring writers came from as far away as the San Francisco Bay Area to hear published authors, editors and publishers share the secrets of not just writing a book, but how to get their work published and marketed as well. Dr Anne B. Jones presented Southern Fiction Writers, Jackie L. Miles, Walter Sorrells, and Jackie Weldon White.

The keynote speaker was Rosemary Daniell, whose book, The Secrets of Zona Rosa, has encouraged many women to change their lives through writing.

Peter Bowerman, author of The Well-Fed Writer series, outlined how to make money by writing non-fiction work for marketing agencies and magazines. Suzanne Lawler, WMAZ-TV Macon, shared how she collected stories for her work about places to see and eat in Middle Georgia, Cotton, Cornbread,and Conversations. Most of these authors' books are available at the Gallery.

A highlight of the seminar was the interactive session called SHIMMER. The audience was introduced to the cadence of vowels sounds and the importance of sentence structure by editor, Bev Browning. Together the group wrote a story about eating chocolate, but used no words at all.

The ladies that own and operate the Gallery – Andi Kulp, Kathy Socha, Nancy Cook, Sharon Fox and Tanya Cone – hope to see the Village continue to build into a creative mecca. The historic venue, developed by Frankie Willis, provides an ideal environment to celebrate art, history and nature. The consignment gallery displays and sells many works by local artists. More programs are planned this summer to add to the free art workshops for kids; the writers groups that meet on Saturdays; the music events; and the outdoor market activities. The Gallery and the shops in the Village will be open Thursday and Friday afternoons 1-5pm; Saturdays from 10 am -5 pm and Sunday from 1-5 pm. Big Chief Country Store is open 7 am – 7 pm every day; Pinky's Cafe' is serving lunch 11 am – 2 pm.

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