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Check out our exciting 2021 schedule of events!

Our meetings and seminars are appropriate for all levels of writers, beginning to advanced.

****SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT****

  • 2021 Tell Me A Story Writing Contest for GISD Middle Graders.
  • Start Date: February 3
  • Final Submission Date: March 11th (5:00 p.m.)
  • Prizes for first, second and third place will be awarded in the amounts of $100, $75 and $50
  • Details available through schools and GISD

March Meeting

Speak up Authors!
Why You Need the Skill

Thursday, March 4, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

This meeting will be held using FREE, easy-to-use video conferencing from Zoom which works on any mobile or desk/laptop device. If you’re a first-time visitor, or lost the instructions sent to our mailing list,
send an email to Tricia Sanders.
You are encouraged to join this online meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. for social time and to assure your technology is working.

With Guest Speakers
Jackie Hunt and D. A. Featherling

For many authors, public speaking ranks right up there with a root canal. Others seem to thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to take center stage and talk about their topic. The rest fall somewhere in between. Fortunately, or unfortunately, as a published (or sometimes unpublished) author, you’re expected to speak at writers’ festivals, libraries, book clubs and to writing and community groups.

One of the things authors can do to promote their books, other than to write blog posts, guest blogs, write magazine/newspaper articles or apply for writing contests is to get as many speaking engagements as possible. No matter if at writer conferences, library presentations or – if you are writing non-fiction books – at association meetings. It’s one more way to create your author brand and extend your platform and at the same time sell more books and get your author name out.

We’ll talk about some of the ways you can make speaking to groups, large or small, as painless as possible. And, perhaps even fun, for your audience and for you.


April Meeting

Watch Your Language: Power of
Theme, Imagery, Language &
Symbolism

Thursday, April 1, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

This meeting will be held using FREE, easy-to-use video conferencing from Zoom which works on any mobile or desk/laptop device. If you’re a first-time visitor, or lost the instructions sent to our mailing list,
send an email to Tricia Sanders.
You are encouraged to join this online meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. for social time and to assure your technology is working.

With Guest Speaker
Carol McClain

Going Out In Style

You’ve finished your book. The plot keeps us turning pages. The characters are well-developed, but … it needs something else. Elements seem … hmm, what? Lackluster?

This talk will help you to polish your work and make every element gleam. We’ll look at word choice, sentences and structure, dialogue, figurative language, sophistication and local color, voice, and tone.

Carol McClain is the award-winning author of four novels dealing with real people facing real problems. She is a consummate encourager, and no matter what your faith might look like, you will find compassion, humor and wisdom in her complexly layered, but ultimately readable work.

Aside from writing, she’s a skilled stained-glass artist and an avid hiker and photographer. She lives in East Tennessee with her husband and soon will own two doelings, Peanut and Buttercup, who must be bottle fed.

You can connect with her at carolmcclain.com. She also can be found on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/author.Carol.McClain   and on twitter and Instagram: @carol_mcclain