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Chattahoochee Valley Writers Conference

Chattahoochee Valley Writers Conference

Keynote Speaker: Rick Bragg

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Rick Bragg won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for his reporting for the New York Times and now teaches writing at the University of Alabama. He is the author of All Over But the Shoutin’, Ava’s Man, and most recently My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South. Watch for his new book, with the working title The Best Cook in the World, later this year.
 

2017 Master Classes
 
RICK BRAGG: TELLING THE STORY ONLY YOU CAN TELL—A MASTER CLASS WITH THE MASTER OF THE MEMOIR
 
Bestselling author Rick Bragg has made us love his family through many memoirs, beginning with All Over But the Shoutin’ and continuing all the way to the travels he chronicles inMy Southern Journey. Hear about his adventures (and memorable meals) and get his good advice on planning your own journey as you set out on your own writing project. (Limited availability.)
 


CHAD DAVIDSON: THE ART OF JUGGLING
We often berate younger generations for their perceived short attention spans. Yet strong poems often participate in a kind of scatterbrained flitting about from one subject to the next. Learn to control that flitting, that juggling of various contexts and images, and your poems grow in complexity. This master class will focus on a few strategies for making your poems leap farther and faster.

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Chad Davidson is the author of From the Fire Hills (2014), The Last Predicta (2008), and Consolation Miracle (2003), all three from Southern Illinois UP, as well as co-author with Gregory Fraser of two textbooks, including Writing Poetry: Creative and Critical Approaches (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). His poems have appeared in AGNI, Boston Review, Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, The Paris Review, Yale Review, and many others. He is a professor of literature and creative writing, as well as director of the School of the Arts, at the University of West Georgia near Atlanta. He also directs Convivio, a creative-writing and arts seminar in Umbria, Italy, each summer. (more information at convivioconference.org)

 

DANIELLE HANSON: HUMOR AND ABSURDITY IN WRITING - LET'S HAVE SOME FUN!

Just because it’s serious, doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. We’ll explore surrealism, magical realism, and humor in the works of well-known writers, and discuss ways to bring some of those elements into our own works in order to liven them up and stroke the imagination.

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Danielle Hanson received her MFA from Arizona State University and now lives in Atlanta, GA. Formerly the poetry editor of Hayden's Ferry Review, she currently serves as managing editor/assistant editor of Carriage House Review. Her work has appeared in Poetry Miscellany, Hiram Poetry Review, Marlboro Review, The Lucid Stone, Willow Springs, The Nebraska Review, Cimarron Review, Flyway, Roanoke Review, The Homestead Review, The English Journal, Poet Lore, Clackamas Literary Review, Mudfish, Asheville Poetry Review, and Sulphur River Literary Review. Her poetry has also appeared in the anthology Poets Against the War (Thunder Mouth/Nation, 2003), and Shout Them from the Mountaintops: Georgia Poems (Legacy Press, 2003). She has been on staff at the Meachem Writers' Conference and received the Fulton County (Georgia) Arts Council Grant for a residency at the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences.

 

Playwriting:

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Carey Scott Wilkerson is author of the poetry collection Threading Stone (New Plains Press) and two poetry chapbooks, and is editor of a poetry anthology--Stone, River, Sky--from Negative Capability Press. His play Seven Dreams of Falling (Black Box Press), premiered in 2013 in Los Angeles and was produced again in October 2016. His operetta Ariadne in Exile will have its European premiere in Frankfurt in 2017. He has an M.A. degree from Auburn University, an M.F.A. from Queens University-Charlotte, and is working on his Ph.D. at Georgia State University while teaching at Columbus State University.
 

JOHN HOLMAN: CREATING GREAT CHARACTERS

Create the perfect characters and your story will tell itself! Learn how to develop the heroes, villains, foils, stock characters, and confidantes that will take on a life of their own and write your tale for you. This class will also cover when to make a character dynamic (so they develop), round, flat, or static.

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John Holman directs the Creative Writing program at Georgia State University. His short fiction has appeared in Mississippi Review, Tampa Review, The New Yorker, Oxford American, and other places. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, and author of Squabble and Other Stories and Luminous Mysteries. “His latest collection, Triangle Ray features distinctive characters and bizarre, often desperate circumstances, John Holman’s stories portray powerful images of middle class African American life. His novel Luminous Mysteries so poignantly captures the complicated racial realities of the American South that the Georgia Center for the Book included the novel on their 2010 list of “25 Books All Georgians Should Read.” Adding to his pedigree, Holman’s work has also appeared in the The New Yorker, Oxford American and the Mississippi Review, among other prestigious literary journals.

 

MARC JOLLEY, PhD: ONE-ON-ONE REVIEW OF YOUR PROJECT WITH A PUBLISHER

Dr. Marc Jolley will spend ten minutes with writers who wish to discuss their writing and book projects. Writers are encouraged to email their work in advance or bring sample chapters or manuscripts for the discussion. He will provide feedback on whether this is a marketable idea, on the best potential publishers, and on areas that the project needs improvement. He wants interested authors to provide a five-minute verbal presentation first; after that, Jolley and the author will discuss the idea or proposal. Work may be submitted to him in advance by emailing it to him at JOLLEY_MA@mercer.edu, or by bringing the work to him at the time you are scheduled to meet with him. Please provide a copy with one-inch margins, double spaced on 8.5 x 11 inch paper.

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Marc Jolley, PhD is the director of Mercer University Press. Established in 1979, Mercer University Press has published more than 1,400 books, releasing 35-40 titles annually. Publishing authors from across the United States and abroad, the Press seeks and acquires manuscripts that contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the humanities with a focus on history, philosophy, religion, literature, and Southern culture.

 

DEBORAH MALONE: MYSTERY WRITING 101
So you want to write a mystery! Mystery Writing 101 covers the ABC’s of writing a mystery and is geared towards those writing or planning to write in this genre. Topics covered are: What is a Mystery, Characters, Setting, Clues, Point of View, Dialogue, Plotting, Editing and Tying up the Package.
 

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Deborah Malone’s first novel, Death in Dahlonega, finaled in the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Category Five writing contest. Deborah was nominated in 2012 and 2013 for the Georgia Author of the Year Award in the Novel category. She has worked as a freelance writer and photographer for the historic magazine Georgia Backroads. Deborah has been featured in Tales of the Rails, edited by Olin Jackson, as well as in the Christian Communicator and Southern Writers Magazine. She is a member of the Georgia Writers Association, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and American Christian Fiction Writers.

 

STEVE SCOTT: CHILDREN'S LITERATURE AND STORY BOOK ILLUSTRATIONS
What are the special tips that separate different age groups? How do you make a story compelling to a child? Are you writing the right story? Steve Scott will lead you step by step from concept, to determining if an idea is a good one, to the final product.
 


Steve Scott has written and illustrated children's books with such notable titles as Grunions with Onions. He heads Strut the Hooch, an annual comic parade down Broadway, and maintains a blog on Columbus and the Valley.
 


ANDY HARP: THE NOVEL: AN OVERVIEW FROM PAGE ONE TO THE END
You have a great story in the back of your mind. Now, how to get it on paper. This class with talk about story structure, characters and pace. We will write our first paragraph (or line if you are a Faulkner). We will experiment with the depth of characters. And we will learn some writing ideas that may help bring out the writer in you. Be sure to bring paper and pencil. And we will talk about the publishing process from agent to editor to publishing house.

 
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Anderson Harp is the author of the thrillers “Retribution”, “Born of War” (Kensington) and “A Northern Thunder” (Bancroft). He is a Marine veteran, taught artic survival, mountaineering, and was stationed around the globe. He was the Officer in Charge of the Marine’s Crisis Action Team during the invasion of Afghanistan. He created the USO’s Operation Thriller and did two USO tours in the Persian Gulf visiting the troops. His writing has also appeared in The Huffington Post, CNN Larry King Live, NewsMax and The Big Thrill. He received a MFA in Literary Fiction from Queens University of Charlotte. Like Clancy and Ludlum, Harp loves the challenge of creating a fast paced espionage page-turner!

Harp is a Board Certified Civil Trial lawyer with over thirty years of experience in courtrooms across much of this country. He has participated in trials, largely in his specific field of representing injured railroad workers, in cases mainly in Georgia and Alabama. He has also represented plaintiff's in more than eight states.

He is a member of the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, many of the United States District Courts and is a member in good standing of the bars of Alabama and Georgia. He has received the highest rating possible by Martindale Hubble of "AV" Preeminent by his peers and was elected to Super Lawyers and Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

He and his wife live in Columbus, Georgia. See his website: http://www.andersonharp.net/. Additional links for Mr. Harp are: author.andyharp@gmail.com, www.andersonharp.net,
http://www.facebook.com/authorandersonharp.
 

 

IN ADDITION!

The conference kicks off Friday with a welcome by Mike Venable of Columbus and the Valley, followed by one-act plays, a poetry slam, and a wine-and-cheese party at the Rothschild-Pound House Inn.

There will be workshops on playwriting and screenplay writing, an author's forum, networking opportunities, plus short-story contests, poetry contests, and a one-act play contest.

Plus, there are also available carriage rides through historic Columbus, tours of the Springer, tours of the historic district, white-water rafting, ziplining, and much more!

This conference is geared towards writers at all levels! Come join us!

Location: Springer Opera House

Contact: Elaine Johnson

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