A conference like no other.....
As we look forward to the 2018 conference, we feel the overwhelming pressure of topping what was altogether an incredible conference experience for us as a group. As the members of our conference committee worked tirelessly for months, something great was being born for our community- the opportunity to network, to learn, to grow, and to show this area how much literary art means to us. I am so proud of those folks who made this dream a reality. Please take a moment to check them out on our members page. 
We will be returning to The Harris Arts Center this year on Saturday, May 19th. Please take a moment to browse this page and reach out with any questions you might have. We hope to see you at the conference!
Conference Tickets are $50 for Calhoun Area Writers members / $65 for non-members and can be purchased on the BUY STUFF page.
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2018 Keynote Speaker: Karin Gillespie


Karin Gillespie is the national-bestselling author of seven novels. She has also written for the New York TimesWashington Post and Writer Magazine. She has an MFA in creative writing from Converse College and lives in Augusta, Georgia. She writes a book column for the Augusta Chronicle, and a humor column for the Augusta Magazine and  was a recent recipient of the Georgia Author of the Year award.

Karin will be opening our conference with the fun, inspirational talk: Living the Writer's Life: Lessons Learned From Almost Fifteen Years of Being a Published Author and will also present an afternoon workshop.

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Now Booking Agent Appointments

Loiacono Literary Agency

       Jeanie Loiacono- Literary Agent

     Jeanie Loiacono- Literary Agent

We have a limited amount of 10-minute pitches available. Query, synopsis, and first five pages due by May 5th. 

Agent appointments are $20 and require a ticket to the conference.  

Visit our Buy Stuff tab to get yours!

 

Loiacono Literary Agency is a comprehensive, full-service literary agency that offers editorial, marketing, promotion, and sales representation for its authors. From conception to fruition, they offer information and support to the author and publisher for the life of the book.

 


Workshops:

Story Outlines: 5 Bones to Skeleton Outline with Nicki Salcedo

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Nicki Salcedo has a degree in English and Creative Writing from Stanford University. She is the author of All Beautiful Things, a two-time recipient of the Maggie Award of Excellence, and a Golden Heart finalist. Her novel ALL BEAUTIFUL THINGS is a romantic suspense set in Atlanta. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and a past President of Georgia Romance Writers.

Nicki has been a featured speaker at Atlanta Writers Club, Georgia Writers Association, Georgia Center for the Book, the Decatur Book Festival, and numerous writing conferences. She writes a weekly column for Atlanta Loop. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Good Housekeeping, and Decaturish.com. Nicki has judged for the Annual Creative Loafing Fiction Contest and been a guest on the radio with Georgia Public Broadcasting. Nicki loves connecting with writers and readers. You can find her online at nickisalcedo.com.


Nuts & Bolts of Marketing with Deborah Malone

Deborah Malone is an established author, freelance writer and photographer.

Published by Lamp Post, her first novel Death in Dahlonega, finaled in ACFW’s Category Five writing contest and she was nominated for Georgia Author of the Year Award in Novel category in 2012 and 2013.

Working as a freelance writer and photographer since 2001 for the historical magazine Georgia Backroads, Deborah has had many articles and photographs published during her time for them.

Nuts and Bolts of Marketing will give you tools to put in your marketing toolbox to take out and use when needed. Some of the tools covered by a Power Point presentation are: ways to help you finish your book, writing a marketable book, social media, QR code, promotional material, book launches, speaking engagements, venues, and generating email lists. Come and fill your tool box.


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Speed Presenters:

4:00 Cheryll Snow- The Art of Dialogue

4:15 Bryan Powell- 6 Reasons Why People Stop Reading Your Book

4:30 Marsha Mathews- Recycling Old Poems for a New Market

4:45 Lee Green- What Podcasts Can Do For You


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This year, a catered lunch, provided by The Calhoun Coffee Company, is included in your ticket price. You have a choice of three different menu options and will be prompted to make your choice during check out.

Calhoun Coffee Company is located at 103 South Wall Street in downtown Calhoun. They are open Monday- Friday, 7am-5pm and on Saturday from 8am-1pm.

You can check out a full menu on their website at calhouncoffeeco.com. 


Need a place to stay?

 

Book your discounted stay at http://www.countryinns.com/calhounareawriters or call (706) 625-6500 and ask for the Calhoun Area Writers Room Block.

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•         Complimentary Hot Breakfast

•         Business Center

•         Complimentary Wi-Fi

•         Fitness Center

•         Guest Laundry

•         Indoor Pool and Spa

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•         Direct Billing Options

 

 Standard Rooms: $85 plus tax

 Suites: $95 plus tax


Door Prize Sponsors 

 

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The Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia

TWO refurbished iPads

and a Kindle Fire HD 10

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  Certificate for Large Business Card Ad ($50 Value)    Certificate for Sneak Preview Ad ($40 Value)    3 Online Annual Subscriptions

Certificate for Large Business Card Ad ($50 Value)

Certificate for Sneak Preview Ad ($40 Value)

3 Online Annual Subscriptions

 
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Oasis Spa of Adairsville

One hour for two guests in the Salt Room. 

 
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Pineapple Craft Company Gift Set with Smelly Jelly & Room Spray

The Pineapple Craft Company offers a range of home fragrance products as well as wreaths, floral arrangements, and more. For more info, find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pineapplecraftco/

 
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It Works! gift pack donated by Cynthia Gonzalez

cynthialarag.itworks.com

706.229.2388

cynthia458@gmail.com

 
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Original Photography by Mandy L Cantrell $45 value

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Mary Kay basket $75 value

Skin-Vigorate Brush, Oil-Free Eye Make Up Remover, 3 Complete Color Samples, Bath Pouf, Pedicare Wand, 

& Mary Kay Summer Look book

Mandy Cantrell

phone: 678-986-3258

email: mandycantrell@marykay.com

 
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COWBOY BASKET

Donated by Kim Turner

Includes an autographed copy of Sawyer's Rose and Wyatt's Bounty, along with more cowboy fun! You can find Kim on Amazon, Goodreads, and her blog, kimturnerwrites.blogspot.com. 

 
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BATH SPA BASKET

Donated by Susan Carlisle, this basket contains a great evening of bath time and books. You will receive 3 autographed books by some of our favorite Harlequin Authors.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Surgeon in a Tux by Carol Marinelli, Necessary Action by Julie Miller, and Stolen Kisses with Her Boss by Susan Carlisle         

Find out more about Susan on her website- www.susancarlisle.com                                                                                      

 

 

 


Wow! I hated to see the conference end. I met so many wonderful people, also reconnected with a few. Such a great line-up of author’s. All aspects of the craft were represented and shared a wealth of information and insight.Looking forward to next year!
— Becky Kennamer 2017
My friend and I attended and had a great time. We met lots of awesome writers and learned lots of things to help us continue to hone the craft.
— Chanlin McGuire- 2017

Check back often as we continue to add info about speakers, door prizes, agent appointments, & more! To register, click a link below or go to our BUY STUFF page.