Monday, April 16, 2012

April Events at the McCullers Center

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Hello everyone,

The Carson McCullers Center is hosting two great events over the next couple of weeks:

Friday, April 20th at 7 p.m.
The Mystic Order of the East Alabama Fiction Writers
will give a reading from their new collection, Be the Flame, published by local press, New Plains Press.The Mystics are composed of a group of six women bound together by their interest in the visual and literary arts: Margee Bright-Ragland, Gail Langley, Judy Nunn, Joanne Camp, Marian Carcache, and Mary Dansak. The Mystics will sign books, and a short reception will follow.

Friday, April 27th at 1:30 p.m.
The English Faculty Lecture Series features Dr. Nick Norwood,
CSU Professor of Creative Writing and author of the recently published poetry collection, Gravel and Hawk. Dr. Norwood will read from and speak about his poetry, and coffee and cake will be served. For more on Dr. Norwood's new collection, visit here: http://www.ohioswallow.com/book/gravel+and+hawk.

Please contact (706) 565-4021 for questions about these events, and don't forget to follow us on Facebook for weekly updates, too.

We hope to see you soon!

Thanks, always, for your support,


Courtney George

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Courtney George, Ph.D.
Interim Director
Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians
Columbus State University
 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Terry Kay to Read at New Bowers House Literary Center in Canon

April 2, 2012—for immediate release

 

Internationally Acclaimed Georgia Writer Terry Kay to Read at New Bowers House Literary Center in Canon

 

The University of Georgia's award-winning journal The Georgia Review and the recently opened Bowers House Literary Center in Canon, Georgia, are sponsoring a reading by, and up-close conversation with, writer Terry Kay at the Bowers House on Saturday, April 21, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. A tour of the historic home, originally built as a hotel nearly one hundred years ago, will be offered at 1:30 p.m. Both the tour and the reading are open to the public free of charge.

              Terry Kay, a Hart County native who currently makes his home in Athens, is the author of some fifteen books—among them eleven novels, a collection of essays, a children's book, and a recently released volume of short stories, The Greats of Cuttercane.

              Three of Kay's novels have been produced as Hallmark Hall of Fame movies: The Runaway, The Valley of Light, and his best-known work To Dance with the White Dog—the last of these starring the famous acting couple of Hume Cronin and Jessica Tandy.

               Readers around the world can find Kay's books translated into more than twenty languages; most notably, To Dance with the White Dog has sold some two million copies in Japan.

              After Kay's reading in the house's spacious living room/parlor, Georgia Review editor Stephen Corey will moderate a conversation between Kay and the audience. A reception will follow, during which attendees may enjoy their refreshments while walking the grounds or sitting on the first- and second-floor wraparound porches.

              The Bowers House Literary Center is located in the small town of Canon, four miles north of Royston and a pleasant thirty-five drive north of Athens; just a few miles from I-85, the house is easily reached from both Atlanta and the Greenville-Spartanburg region of South Carolina.

              Thanks to owner Laura Bowers Foreman, herself an active writer, the Bowers House's two-story, 4,000-square-foot, seven-bedroom space is now dedicated to the service of writers and lovers of good writing. The house is available for a variety of programs, from a brief gathering such as the Terry Kay reading to day-long festivals or multi-day conferences. Individual writers, as well as small groups, can take up residency in the Bowers House, for anywhere from a few days to several weeks, for modest fees—all of which go to support the mission of the house. Also, ongoing workshops and classes are currently being conducted by Sandra Scott and others. For further information, including driving directions, visit www.thebowershousewriters.com or e-mail to bowershousewriters@gmail.com.

              The Georgia Review, published quarterly at the University of Georgia since 1947, features short stories, poems, general-interest essays, reviews, and visual art by the famous and the newly discovered. Winner of National Magazine Awards in both the fiction and the essay category, and a recipient of the Georgia Governor's Award in the Arts, the Review has a long tradition of sponsoring and cosponsoring reading events on the UGA campus and in the Athens area. For more information, go to www.thegeorgiareview.com or call 706-542-3481.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Bobbie Ann Mason in Montgomery, Troy

 
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Bobbie Ann Mason to read in Montgomery,Troy

Influential Southern novelist Bobbie Ann Mason has been named the latest recipient of the Hall-Waters Prize, presented by Troy University. Mason will be honored by Troy during events at the Montgomery and Troy campuses March 28-29.

On Wednesday, March 28, Mason will read from her latest novel, The Girl in the Blue Beret, at the Montgomery Campus inside the Gold Room in Whitley Hall from 7 to 9 p.m. This event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Alabama Writers' Forum. Books will be available for signing.

On Thursday, March 29, Mason will be honored on the Troy Campus at a luncheon sponsored by the Troy English departments. At 4 p.m. a special taping of the Alabama Public Television program Bookmark will be held in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor, followed by a Q&A session with the author. This event is free and open to the public, although seating is limited to the first 120 people.

Mason is the author of five novels, five short-story collections, a memoir, and a biography of Elvis Presley for Penguin Publishing's popular Lives series. Her 1980 New Yorker debut, "Shiloh" (1980), remains one of the most anthologized short stories in contemporary American literature, and her 1985 novel, In Country, dealing with the after effects of the Vietnam War, is considered a classic.

The Hall-Waters Prize is endowed by Troy alumnus Dr. Wade Hall as a memorial to his parents, Wade Hall Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth Waters Hall. The award is presented regularly to individuals who have made significant contributions to Southern heritage and culture in history, literature, or the arts.

For questions about any of the upcoming events, contact Dr. Kirk Curnutt, chair of the Montgomery Campus Department of English, at 334-241-9701 or kcurnutt@troy.edu.

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Marillion News From The Studio


In the studio recording backing tracks for the new album. It's sounding really good. I'm experimenting with some new effects pedals, you can never have too many toys!
Feels like spring has arrived outside the studio.
Steve R

Just finished the backing track for "Sky Above The Rain". As I mentioned on my twitter feed a few days ago, it is a corker.
This really is one of the special songs. And it is nice to be involved in the recording of tracks like this. Especially as the event has also been captured on film.
We now have cameras in our live area, three to be exact but more may be introduced.
So I have to choose my wardrobe carefully!
Pete

We've been working on this album, on and off, for what feels like years now. Maybe that's because it really is years! I'm now at the point where I don't know if it's any good or not. I wouldn't take that as a bad sign, I really didn't like Afraid of Sunlight when we were working on that and look how it turned out...
Mark

Evening All. Just got back from another really good day in the studio...We have been working on an arrangement and I think we might have cracked it. Will know more in the morning when we can give it a listen with fresh ears. I can now sit down and watch the football with a clear conscience....For some reason I thought it was Wednesday today bit of a shock when I found out it is in fact Thursday...Time flies when you are enjoying yourself.....Cheers...
Ian

Well and truly into backing tracks now. Putting down drums for a song called "The Sky Above The Rain" today. Just wait..
Steve H




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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Morris Memorial Chapbook Competition

The Alabama State Poetry Society is accepting submissions for the Annual John and Miriam Morris Memorial Chapbook Competition. Deadline is May 31, 2012.

Winner receives $100 and 50 copies of his/her winning chapbook.

Poems may be previously published if poet retains all rights. Send 20-24 total pages of poetry, (poems may be longer than one page, but total page count must be 20-24) with two (2) title pages: one with author identification, and one with NO author identification.

Please send manuscript with a $15 reading fee payable to New Dawn Unlimited, Inc.

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Write Uptown Columbus 1st Write-a-thon

Travel writer, memoirist, and novelist Mary Morris, who teaches a workshop called The Writer and the Wanderer at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, likes to send her students on field trips to light the creative torch. "I like to get my students out of the house, and a little out of their heads," says Morris, whose most recent book is the memoir River Queen (Holt, 2007). "Go away. Listen. Eavesdrop. Find something new. Bring back a souvenir. What do you take with you? What do you leave behind? Sit outside in one place until a story comes to you." Follow Morris's guidance: Go on a field trip of your own, and discover the wanderer within you.   From Poets and Writers E-Newsletter.   

 

The Chatthoochee Valley Writers are planning an opportunity for you to do just that. Register today by going to our website or replying to this email !

Chattahoochee Valley Writers Newsletter

Please see the attached Chattahoochee Valley Writers Newsletter

 

Check out the updated website – http://www.chattwriters.org

 

Register Now for our

Write-Uptown – 1st annual Columbus Write-A-Thon.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

10:00 A.M. Kick Off at Vintage 222*

5:00 PM Wrap-UP at Vintage 222*

 

We will divide into small teams

To explore Columbus through a writer's eyes

To write about what we see (or not)

To ignite our imaginations

To encourage each other

To share what we write

To proclaim "We're Writers"!

"

Free and Open to All Writers

 

Sponsored by

Chattahoochee Valley Writers Conference

 

 

Please Register by 5 p.m., Fri.. April 20, 2012 chattwriter@gmail.com

* limited seating at Kick-off and Wrap-Up, 222 Seventh Street

 

 

Chattahoochee Valley Writers Newsletter

Please see the attached Chattahoochee Valley Writers Newsletter

 

Check out the updated website – http://www.chattwriters.org

 

Register Now for our

Write-Uptown – 1st annual Columbus Write-A-Thon.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

10:00 A.M. Kick Off at Vintage 222*

5:00 PM Wrap-UP at Vintage 222*

 

We will divide into small teams

To explore Columbus through a writer's eyes

To write about what we see (or not)

To ignite our imaginations

To encourage each other

To share what we write

To proclaim "We're Writers"!

"

Free and Open to All Writers

 

Sponsored by

Chattahoochee Valley Writers Conference

 

 

Please Register by 5 p.m., Fri.. April 20, 2012 chattwriter@gmail.com

* limited seating at Kick-off and Wrap-Up, 222 Seventh Street

 

 

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Thursday, December 01, 2011

Lessons Learned from NaNoWriMo

Writing 50,000 words in 30 days was a tremendously positive experience for me. Over the last ten or fifteen years, I had come to think of myself as a poet ONLY. I dabbled with fiction for a few pages at a time, dreamed about maybe one day trying my hand at it again, but never gave myself permission to take the time and to put in the effort to follow a set of characters for an extended period of time. Now that I have stuck with this cast for 30 days, I believe in my ability to do so again and again. A door for creativity has been opened to me.

Now I know that an hour or even 30 minutes a day is plenty enough time to work on a scene, to get some dialogue flowing and to keep momentum going forward in an initial draft. I was amazed how by sitting down for a solid hour in the morning I was usually able to crank out 1,600 words without strain. I won’t claim they were great words or even okay words, but for a first draft, I’m not supposed to worry about that at all. It’s more a matter of learning who the characters are, who they want to be, what they want to do, and where the plot is going. The first draft is only an exploratory journey and a get-to-know-you period, if you will. I’m excited to know that it doesn’t take a major change in my daily schedule to foster that process.

I learned that I can write under terrible conditions, or at least what I once thought were terrible conditions for writing creatively. During the week of Thanksgiving, I had four house guests. That is to say, I had six people total in my little house that only has two bathrooms. The “office” where I usually write had a guest staying in there on an air mattress. He happened to be the latest sleeper too, so I wasn’t able to get access to my home PC in the mornings. During the day the PC was usually tied up by another guest who was doing Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping. Good thing I had borrowed a laptop from work! I was able to sit on the floor of my bedroom and write whenever I could squeeze it in. Sometimes the time was stolen in the mornings or in the late afternoons. One time everybody else was watching a movie I’d already recently seen, so I took those 2 hours to write in bed. This experience taught me to look for those tiny pockets of time and space to write. I don’t need to wait for the ideal situation. Every little amount of writing you can do adds up.

Lastly, I want to underline something I alluded to earlier in this post: FIRST DRAFT WRITING DOES NOT HAVE TO BE HIGH QUALITY! This is a lesson about turning off the internal editor. I found myself bored a few times when I was creating scenes. I also had a few days when I caught myself saying that the book was a flop, that it was hopelessly boring and dull. It very well might be, but when writing the first draft you have to set all those opinions aside. That’s the joy of revision. You can take a sorry story and throw in a few twists and turns and turn it into something wonderful. But you never get that opportunity if you don’t jot down the first round of garbage and let your characters explore options. Outlining doesn’t seem like a viable option to me. I could come up with an outline that says what the characters should do, but that doesn’t mean that they will show up and do those things. It’s only by muddling through the exploration of storytelling that your characters announce where they are going and what is going to happen. You have to trust that process and work the process and tell your editor that he/she needs to shut up until needed later.