THURSDAY, 11/15 WORKSHOPS SCHEDULE:

Workshop 1 – Writing Through Darkness w/ Award-winning Author, S. Lesley Buxton

10:00-11:00am (1 hour) $20

Bluffton Boundary - 21 Boundary Street

 

Description

No Words: Writing Through Loss with Lesley Buxton, author of One Strong Girl and winner of the 2018 Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction.  In this workshop participants will learn how to use literary devices, writing exercises, and improvisational prompts to create writing that articulates the nature of grief in an evocative and poignant manner.  The subject matter is not limited to the loss of a loved one but encompasses losses such as divorce, illnesses, injury, or any significant life-changing event. This workshop also covers writing a memoir.

 

Bio

S. Lesley Buxton was born in Durham, England and came to Canada as a baby. Growing up, she lived in Ottawa, Edmonton, and Bonn, Germany. She studied acting at Mountview Theatre School in London, England and has a MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her essays and short stories have appeared in leading Canadian magazines and anthologies such Love Me True, Today’s Parent, Hazlitt, The Fiddlehead, and The New Quarterly. Lesley’s first book, One Strong Girl won the inaugural Pottersfield Prize for Creative Non-fiction. The memoir stems from her performance at This Really Happened at the Montreal Writer’s Festival and her blog: “Fall On Me, Dear” about mothering her daughter, India who suffered from a rare neurological disorder. She lives in Penticton, BC with her husband, Mark.

Workshop 2 – The Power of the Epigraph w/ Author, John Macilroy

11:15am-12:00pm (45 mins) $15

Bluffton Boundary - 21 Boundary Street

Description

Often serving as a 'thematic gatekeeper," the epigraph can be a powerful tool for the writer.  This interactive workshop will explore what it is—and isn't—and offer strategies to deploy the tool effectively. Participants will consider examples of epigraphs in popular works in class, and evaluate—should they wish in a take-home exercise—how the epigraph was used as a structural element in a single work. 

 

Bio

John "Mac" MacIlroy is a retired attorney, CEO, and adjunct professor, now writing primarily short fiction.  His recently released co-authored collection of short stories -- Not Exactly Rocket Scientists and Other Stories -- has been featured on Kate Delaney's "America Tonight," Arrow Collins' "Uncut and Unplugged" syndicated radio show on iHeart media, Rick Tittle's "Sports Byline USA" live from San Francisco, and Christian Bladt's nationally syndicated podcast from Los Angeles.  His short stories have appeared in "Short Story America," "Short Fiction Break," and "Ebb & Flow."  He lives along a tidal marsh in Bluffton with his patient bride, a ceramic painted dodo bird named duMont, and a pesky mortgage.

 

Workshop 3 – Showing v. Telling w/ Award-winning Author Sheri Levy

12:15 – 1:15pm (1 hour) $15

Bluffton Boundary - 21 Boundary Street

 

Description

Learn exercises to Show: settings, scenes, and establish a mood. An author must give the reader a sense of place as early as possible, using emotion, a physical environment, and culture/ social aspects, which impact the characters behavior. Using your own work. Sheri plans to have you stretch your imagination, using your author’s eye, and describe sensory details in your own imaginative way. Avoid clichés, use action-based descriptions, effective figures of speech, and adding musical qualities. As you write your sentences, don’t tell me about the student who doesn’t pay attention.  Show me how he acts, and feels. Use dialogue, actions, emotions, and reactions without lazy verbs. If you have written a chapter or a book, bring samples of your work to share.

 

Bio

In 1979, Sheri Levy moved to South Carolina from Southern California with three Special Education Teaching credentials and taught a multi-handicapped class. After sixteen years of teaching (K5-2nd grade) with special needs children, she became involved in a Family Learning Program promoting reading, preparing young adults for their GED, and teaching parenting skills. As a member of the SCBWI Carolinas, Sheri learned the craft of writing. Since her debut novel, Seven Days to Goodbye hit the shelves, the story has developed into: Trina Ryan Novels. The sequel is, Starting Over and For Keeps will end the series.

 

Workshop 4 – Creative Writing for Non-fiction w/ Editor & Ghost Writer, Melinda Copp

2:30-3:30pm (1 hour) $25

Bluffton Boundary - 21 Boundary Street

Description

A creative writing class that's geared toward memoir and creative nonfiction writers, where participants will learn the basics of writing in scene, using descriptive detail, and developing a writing practice. 

 

Bio

Melinda Copp started The Writer’s Sherpa, LLC, to help people improve their writing, develop their book ideas, get their projects done, and have fun doing it. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and an MFA in creative writing and, when she’s not working with clients, she writes creative nonfiction and fiction. Her work has been published in newspapers, magazines, and literary journals.

 

 

FREE LECTURE SERIES in partnership w/ THE PAT CONROY LITERARY CENTER 

4:30-6:00pm / Bluffton Public Library - 120 Palmetto Way

Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy - Panel Discussion followed by Book Signing

 

Description

Join Jonathan Haupt (PCLC Executive Director), Stephanie Austin Edwards (What We Set in Motion), Lynn Seldon (100 Things to Do in Charleston Before You Die), Maggie Schein (Lost Cantos of the Ouroboros Caves), and John Warley (Stand Forever, Yielding Never) in a discussion around the release of their new anthology.

 

 

Workshop 5 – Pat Conroy Literary Center Presents "More than One Write Way: Independent Publishing" with Elijah Heyward, Jr. & Laurie McCall

9:30-11:00am (1.5 hours) $25

Bluffton Chamber - 217 Goethe Road

Description

Innovative changes in publishing options available to authors and would-be authors make this an exciting time to be a writer and a reader. The self-publishing industry offers independent writers the opportunity to retain creative control and rights to their work. Join lowcountry authors Elijah Heyward, Jr. and Laurie McCall for an informed overview of the ins and outs of self-publishing. 

 

Bios

Writer and teacher Elijah Heyward Jr. was born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina. A graduate of South Carolina State University and veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he is an ordained minister who taught in Beaufort County schools for more than thirty years. His books include Stories and Poems of a Gullah Native; its sequel, Stories and Poems of a Gullah Native, Book II; and Shade: An Awakening.

Laurie McCall taught high school English in alternative school settings for seventeen years. A South Carolina native, McCall has a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and a Master’s in Education from Southern Wesleyan University. Her focus in education was to improve reading fluency and comprehension among high school students struggling to succeed in literacy rich classes. After releasing her first novel, Sway of the Siren, a love story set against the backdrop of the Lowcountry sea islands, she left education to pursue a second career in publishing with Pink Magazine. McCall is currently working on co-authoring a book with Gullah artist and author, Leroy Campbell. She and her husband and their two teenage sons live in Bluffton.

 

Workshop 6 – Pat Conroy Literary Center Presents "Book Marketing Essentials" w/ Author Stephanie Austin Edwards

11am-12:30pm (1.5 hours) $25

Bluffton Chamber - 217 Goethe Road

Description

Book marketing has changed forever. In this workshop, author and consultant Stephanie Austin Edwards will offer insights for writers to effectively and efficiently focus their own marketing efforts on what sells books and builds meaningful visibility and reader connectivity. Whether being published commercially or self-published, it is up to the author to promote her or his book. So, if you’re thinking of writing a book, let’s start your marketing plan now. If you’ve written a book, don’t let your marvelous, hard-earned masterpiece languish in obscurity. You can learn to build your marketing plan and platform in minutes a day. What it takes is time, patience, and a little online savvy. This workshop offers an informed overview of pragmatic marketing techniques for writers at any stage of their careers—including brand-building, social media and networking, blogs and website building tools, reader communities, distribution, and DIY content marketing.

 

Bio

Stephanie Austin Edwards  is a novelist, writing teacher, and author services consultant. Her twenty-two-year career in theater began in San Diego and moved her to New York City. She worked on Broadway, in film and on television with such talents as Liza Minnelli, Michael Jackson, Lauren Bacall, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Hal Prince, Stephen Sondheim, Bill Cosby, and Michael Bennett. Later, she returned to her roots in the South Carolina Lowcountry where, when not writing or cruising down the river with her husband, she facilitates writer’s groups, teaches writing workshops and volunteers at The Pat Conroy Literary Center. Her debut novel, What We Set in Motion, won a Best Submission Award at the Atlanta Writer’s Club Conference.

Workshop 7 – What You Need to Know to Become a Successful Indie Author and Publisher

Presented by: Robin Cutler, Director of Ingram Spark, Ingram Content Group

1:30pm-3pm (1.5 hours) $25

Bluffton Chamber - 217 Goethe Road

 

 

Description

First-time authors often struggle to learn the business of publishing and can become disappointed and frustrated along the way. The difference between failure and success in publishing has a lot to do with basic education about the industry. This session will cover the basics of what you need to know about creating and selling a book into the global marketplace.

 

Bio

Director of IngramSpark - Robin Cutler leads the development of IngramSpark as an Ingram Content Group service for indie authors. She has published over 1000 books as Assistant Director at USC Press, and CEO and founder of her own trade imprint, Summerhouse Press. Robin most recently worked for Amazon/CreateSpace. She has broad knowledge of indie, academic and trade publishing and is an expert in content creation, distribution, on-demand models, and author strategies.  Follow Robin on Twitter at @rcutlerspark and be sure to check out IngramSpark on Facebook, on Twitter @ingramspark and visit the website at www.ingramspark.com.

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