Writer’s Night: Act Two coming March 31st!


Writer’s Night is coming to Eagle Eye Book Shop for Act Two!

Join featured authors and 2018 Townsend Prize for Fiction Finalists, Stacia Pelletier and Daren Wang for an informal discussion on the craft of writing Act Two of your manuscript!

Spend some real-world time with writers like you, browse Eagle Eye’s great selection of books (Stacia and Daren’s books will be available for purchase!) have some food and drink, and chat with our featured authors! Find your inspiration! Join us!

This program is free and open to the public!

Stacia Pelletier is the author of Accidents of Providence and The Half-Wives, both short-listed for the Townsend Prize in Fiction. She earned graduate degrees in religion and historical theology from Emory University in Atlanta. A two-time fellow of the Hambidge Center, located in the mountains of North Georgia, she currently lives in Decatur, Georgia, and works at Emory University’s School of Medicine.

 

Daren Wang is the Founding Executive Director of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival, the largest independent book festival in the country. Before launching the festival, he had a twenty-year career in public radio, both national and local, with a particular focus on books and authors. Wang has written for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Paste magazine, and Five Points magazine, among others. The Hidden Light of Northern Fires is his first novel.

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The 2018 Writer’s High Retreat is March 9-11!

Family. That’s what you will find, first and foremost, at the The Writer’s High Retreat 2018. As a writer, you’re looking for your tribe, for a community that will not only accept you, but embrace your dreams, encourage you forward. You want to learn, to grow as a writer, to achieve on the page that which fills the scope of your imagination.

At the Writer’s High, it all begins with the Mari Ann Stefanelli Perusek, the creative mind behind this retreat. You will not meet a more genuine, enthusiastic, and supportive person, and her energy and drive to offer writers the best haven for creativity is truly unparalleled. The connections you make over a weekend of writing, learning, and fun, will carry on beyond the retreat. You will leave a better writer than you arrived.

We are thrilled to be a sponsor of this amazing retreat. Be there. You won’t regret it.

Patti Callahan Henry, the New York Times best-selling author of 12 novels, is the keynote speaker for the fourth annual Writer’s High Retreat® March 9–11 at Amicalola Falls Lodge in Dawsonville, Georgia. Ms. Henry’s latest book is The Bookshop at Water’s End, which was released in July. Her work has received numerous awards, including a Townsend Prize for Fiction finalist, an Indie Next Pick, an OKRA pick, and a multiple nominee for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Novel of the Year.

Joining Ms. Henry is Nick Chiles, a New York Times bestselling author, Pulitzer Prize-winning former journalist, and literary agent. Mr. Chiles’ extensive body of work includes the New York Times bestselling memoir Every Little Step: My Story, which he co-authored with Bobby Brown in 2016, and Justice While Black: Helping African-American Families Navigate and Survive the Criminal Justice System, which he co-authored with attorney Robbin Shipp in 2014. The book was an NAACP Image Awards finalist in 2015. Mr. Chiles is also a literary agent with Aevitas Creative Management.

The featured speakers are accomplished authors, well versed in fiction, narrative nonfiction, and memoir––and recognized for their warm, engaging personalities and willingness to share their wisdom with others.

The Writer’s High Retreat® at Amicalola Falls Lodge package includes two nights’ accommodations, all retreat presentations, workshops, and events; meals included are Friday and Saturday dinner buffet, lunch buffet Saturday, and breakfast buffet Saturday and Sunday (cost includes coffee, tea, and iced tea). Rates are $733/single and $579/double (per person). Prices include all tips, taxes, and gratuities. This is a small, intimate retreat, and space is very limited. To register or for more information, visit the retreat website at www.thewritershighretreat.com.

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Writer’s Night: Act One kicks off our 2018 Schedule!

You’ve fleshed out a story, created a world, outlined, fretted, written, edited, edited some more, worried, and spent hour upon hour confusing friends and family by talking to yourself about your project when you thought they weren’t listening. Now you’ve developed feelings about it. You need to talk it out with someone who understands. Someone who gets you. Someone like you. Someone with thoughts and ideas about the craft of writing, about your writing, about any writing!

Your opportunity has arrived! Come and spend some real-world time (in a bookstore no less!) with writers, form new connections, chat with our featured authors, sit in on an informal conversation about writing Act One! Find your inspiration and inspire others! Join us! We’ll bring the food and drinks!

Our featured authors for this gathering will be Kimberly Brock and Ricki Schultz!

Kimberly Brock is the author of the award-winning modern gothic novel, The River Witch, and founder of the Tinderbox Writer’s Workshop, a transformative creative experience for women in the arts. She is a member of the Tall Poppy Writers, the only author-driven marketing cooperative in the U.S. that is exclusive to female authors who publish in a variety of genres. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in Psychology Today and Writer Unboxed, among other publications, and Kimberly is a bi-monthly contributor to the popular online writers site, Writers in the Storm, where she writes about the writer’s life.

Ricki Schultz is the author of Mr. Right Swipe, published June 2017 by Grand Central Press, and the forthcoming follow-up, Switch and Bait, due June 2018. A teacher, speaker, editor and writer, Ricki earned a B.A. in English and an M.Ed. in Secondary Education from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Join us for a fun time with the fine folks at FoxTale Book Shoppe!

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The 2017 Writer’s High Retreat

As a writing organization, it’s a thrill to have the opportunity to work closely with another organization, group, or individual seeking to assist other writers in their efforts to work toward publication. We’re excited to be a sponsor for Mari Ann Stefanelli’s fabulous writer’s retreat, The Writer’s High.

Now in its third year, The Writer’s High Retreat will take place March 17–19 at Amicalola Falls Lodge in Dawsonville, Georgia.

Author, speaker, writing coach, and former journalist twice-nominated for the Pulitzer Prize Jedwin Smith headlines this weekend-long writing retreat. Smith will be joined by Megan Sexton, award-winning poet and co-editor of Five Points; novelist Susan Crawford, author of the thrillers The Pocket Wife and The Other Widow; multi-genre author and founder of the Atlanta Writers Conference, George Weinstein; and professional speaker, storyteller, and instructor Jeanne Hewell-Chambers, founder of the 70,273 Project, which commemorates each of the disabled people murdered by Nazis between January 1940 and August 1941.

The Writer’s High Retreat at Amicalola Falls Lodge package includes two nights’ accommodations, all retreat presentations, workshops, and events; meals included are Friday and Saturday dinner buffet, lunch buffet Saturday, and breakfast buffet Saturday and Sunday (beverages included for all meals are coffee, tea, and iced tea). Space is very limited. To register or for more information, visit www.thewritershighretreat.com.

Members of Broadleaf Writers receive a discount toward registration! Additionally, if you have, or plan to, register for The Writer’s High, we will extend to you a discounted rate on the 2017 Broadleaf Writers Conference! Don’t miss out on this fantastic retreat, which offers you both the opportunity to improve who you are as a writer and to connect with an incredible community of writers!

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The Pre-Registration Special Returns for December!

The holidays are upon us, 2016 is winding to a close, and NaNoWriMo has completed its annual torture of writers around the world. With December now full and present, you’ve turned your attention to plans for the New Year, shopping lists for friends and family, and placing that darling pinnacle of holiday décor somewhere in a highly visible place.

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Not to be outdone by Black Friday, crowded malls, and Christmas sweaters and family portraits ripe for future parody, Broadleaf is proud to announce we are bringing back our pre-registration special for the 2017 Broadleaf Writers Conference! Now through December 31st, you can register for our annual conference, to be held September 23-24, 2017 at the Decatur Library in Decatur, Georgia! For $150 (a $50 savings over early registration and a $100 over late registration!), you will be registered for our conference and earn these important benefits:

  • First in line for agent sessions
  • An invitation to our pre-conference reception, featuring authors and agents from our guest list
  • The opportunity to offer input on panel topics
  • The opportunity to have the first ten pages of your manuscript critiqued by a panel of writers

Take advantage of this great special and register for the 2017 Broadleaf Writers Conference! Or, register a friend or loved one as a gift! Let us know your registration is a gift for a writer and we will send you a certificate of registration you can wrap or place in a stocking!

Attending a writers conference is a great opportunity for every writer to learn more about their craft, to gain and build friendships, to present their work to agents or for critique, and to become a part of a growing community of writers! Don’t miss out on this great deal!

For more information, or to register yourself or another for the 2017 Broadleaf Writers Conference, please email our Executive Director, Zachary Steele, at broadleafwriters@gmail.com!

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Featured Partner: The Writer’s High

The Writers HighOne of the fundamental tenets of the Broadleaf Writers Association is that through community, writers gain not only in talent but in strength and confidence. As a unit, we can achieve more, we can assist one another in the dreams birthed the first day we created worlds. Our region is deep in organizations dedicated to writers, and we believe it is necessary to partner with and promote them all. The broader the community, the greater we can assist our writers. So, today we launch a feature promoting each of our partners. Please, follow the links, see what these groups are doing. Perhaps they speak to you. Perhaps they speak to a writer you know. Perhaps you will share the word, help us in our efforts to build the biggest, most diverse community of writers in existence.

Today, we spotlight The Writer’s High, a fantastic writer’s retreat, run by the incomparable (and super awesome!) Mari Ann Stefanelli Perusek.

Picture yourself nestled in the gorgeous North Georgia mountains, with cool breezes caressing your summer-weary skin, lodging in a beautiful resort, doing what you love––writing, refilling your creative well. Tantalizing, isn’t it? Now, add in a NYT best-selling author, two award-winning authors, and an extraordinary poet who share their writing secrets with you. Can you imagine? They’re with you ALL weekend. You’ll attend their workshops, eat delicious meals together, and enjoy relaxed conversations. Can you see yourself? Now, add in a sprinkling of fellow writers from all levels and backgrounds who are eager to learn, to experience, and to meet other writers. Your newest best friend might be the writer sitting next to you. It’s all at The Writer’s High Retreat, waiting for you. No competition. No comparisons. You need this. Your writing deserves this. Registration has been extended to September 1st. http://www.thewritershighretreat.com/

Featuring Joshilyn Jackson, Charles Clifford Brooks III, Jessica Handler, and Michael Morris, this retreat should be at the top of every writer’s wish list. Register now!

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Registration is now open!

2016 BWA Conference

Registration for the 2016 Broadleaf Writers Conference is now open! To register, visit our event page. You can also include the purchase of an annual membership, which offers you an immediate discount on your registration!

For a current list of this year’s Speakers, click here!

We will be updating our conference page soon, with further details on scheduling one-on-one sessions with Literary Agents! If you haven’t done so yet, sign-up for our newsletter or visit us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest updates and news!

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Writer’s Night 2.0, featuring Colleen Oakley!

Writer’s Night returns!

Our second installment on the Writer’s Night calendar is quickly approaching! This go around, we’ll be at Book Exchange in Marietta, Saturday April 30th from 5-7 p.m.! As before, there will be food, drinks, socializing and, of course, a featured speaker from this year’s conference! So, take some time away from writing, power down the laptop, steel yourself for some friendly conversation and spend some needed time with fellow writers!

For this Writer’s Night, we are pleased to announce our featured author will be Colleen Oakley!

Colleen Oakley
Colleen Oakley

One of Atlanta’s great new voices in fiction, Colleen Oakley’s debut novel Before I Go was a People Magazine Best New Book Pick in January 2015, an Us Weekly “Must” Pick, and a Publisher’s Lunch Buzz Book. Formerly the senior editor of Marie Claire and editor-in-chief of Women’s Health & Fitness, Colleen’s articles, essays, and interviews have been featured in The New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Redbook, Parade, and Martha Stewart Weddings. She is hard at work on her second novel, Close Enough to Touch, due out April 2017.

It is our hope to continue hosting Writer’s Night events throughout the year, leading to the First Annual BWA Conference in September. In addition to offering an event designed to create a community–one that encourages writers to join en masse to offer support, discuss ideas, projects, and life in general–we also want to keep solid attention on the many quality independent bookstores in the area. So, come out, have some fun, throw some support to Book Exchange, and help us build a writing community!

We have a great deal in works for this year and beyond. For the latest updates and news, please sign up for our newsletter, ‘like’ us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!

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Our Next Writer’s Night is Coming Soon!

Thanks to all who came out for our first Writer’s Night at Eagle Eye Books! We took over a portion of the store, conversations were had, books were discussed and purchased, Featured Author and 2016 BWA Conference Speaker Nicki Salcedo waived a social wand with her usual grace and humor, and we left simply buzzing with anticipation for our next event!

It is our hope to continue hosting Writer’s Night events throughout the year, leading to the First Annual BWA Conference in September. In addition to offering an event designed to create a community–one that encourages writers to join en masse to offer support, discuss ideas, projects, and life in general–we also want to keep solid attention on the many quality independent bookstores in the area. Therefore, we are pleased to announce that our next Writer’s Night will be held on Saturday, April 30th, from 5-7 p.m. at the fabulous Book Exchange in Marietta!

We’re in the process of lining up our Featured Authors and hope to have that information out to you soon! In the meantime, for the latest updates and news, please sign up for our newsletter, ‘like’ us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!

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