Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Benefit of Entering The Southern Breeze Writing Contest (Besides Winning!)

June might mean vacation for the kids, but around Southern Breeze, June means working on manuscripts for the Southern Breeze Writing Contest! 

Southern Breeze sponsors two contests for its members: the Writing Contest (during June) and the Liz Conrad Illustrator Award (Accepts submissions in November and December). We love that we can offer this benefit because our contests provide a great opportunity for our members. How do they help you? Let me count the ways:

1. Our contests are judged by professionals in the industry. For our writing contest, your work is first judged by two published authors of our region. The top 15 entrants go on to the next round. This year, our writing contest boasts three agents from some of the top literary agents for children's authors. Professional feedback is invaluable--and it's free!

2. You are guaranteed professional critique. Southern Breeze uses the Gold Standard for critique which means that every person who enters the contest gets the same level of feedback, and you will receive at least two critiques. If you're lucky enough to move forward, you'll receive three critiques. The more feedback you receive, the more you will grow as a writer. (And the stronger, more sellable your manuscript will be!)

3. Anyone can enter as long as you are a current member of SCBWI Southern Breeze. Whether you are just starting your creative journey or you are a multi-published member who's been around for twenty years, you have the exact same chance of winning. The manuscripts are blind-judged which means that nowhere along the line does a judge know the name on the manuscript. New members can and do win all the time!

4. You can try, try again. It's completely allowable to enter the same manuscript more than once. So take your past feedback, apply it to your manuscript, and try again. (The published authors who judge the first round of manuscripts change every year, so don't worry about entering the same-old, same-old. You will get fresh eyes on your work.)

5. Learn how to do your homework. Research the professional judges in the category you're submitting! If you have several different manuscripts, think positive and send the one that's the best fit for the pro judge. It will be good practice for you when you start pitching your manuscript out into the wide world of agents and editors.

There are probably more benefits to the Southern Breeze Writing Contest but honestly, I have a manuscript to polish and time is running out! (Entries are due by midnight on June 30th. Please see the website here for more information. And good luck!)

~Cathy C. Hall


Cathy Hall is one of the Assistant Regional Advisors in Southern Breeze. She has entered the writing contest since she became a member, and she actually won First Place the first year she entered. She hasn't won since but she's received a ton of great feedback so that's like winning, right?

Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Joan Broerman Book Basket

If you've attended a Southern Breeze conference in the last twenty years or more, then you've seen the Joan Broerman book basket. You might have even donated a book or two to the basket. But have you ever wondered what the story is behind the book basket?

I love a good mystery, and so a little sleuthing around Southern Breeze was necessary to track down the origin. It all began when then Regional Advisor Joan Broerman (Yep, the basket is named for her!) heard Harold Underdown give a keynote speech at a conference, exhorting attendees to support library funding. And so the idea for the basket was born: at each Southern Breeze conference, attendees are invited to donate books to a basket. At the end of the conference, one lucky winner is awarded the basket, but the real winner is the library or school that receives all the books!

This year at wik'18, Laura Tucker, herself a librarian, won the basket. She delivered books--and there are a ton of books collected!--to three libraries at Homewood elementary schools: Hall Kent, Edgewood, and Shades Cahaba. In Laura's words, "They were beyond delighted by the books and did not have them in their collection due to limited book budgets."

And so the Joan Broerman Book Basket brought a happy ending to lots of readers!

Southern Breeze is proud to support literacy for children, and you can be a part of providing books to kids in Alabama, Georgia, and the Florida Panhandle, too. Check out SCBWI's website for more information and to find members near you. Join us today and bring your story to kids (and maybe donate one of your very own books to our Joan Broerman Book Basket!)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Breezers in the Neighborhood: JUNE!

Listen up, Breezers! There are only TWO more Show-Mo events left in the Southern Breeze neighborhood, so if you want help with your manuscript, come join us:


When:     Saturday, June 2
               10 AM to 1 PM

Where:    Five Forks Public Library
                Lawrenceville, GA

Contact:  Cathy Hall
                cathyhall55@hotmail.com

(Please note: Cathy's event includes guest speaker Rebecca Petruck, author of BOY BITES BUG, who'll help get the bugs out of your manuscripts!)

Bring at least 4 copies of your PB manuscript; for novel manuscripts, bring 4 copies of the first 10 pages if possible. Contact Cathy if you have any questions. And as always, local liaison events are free and open to the public so bring a friend and share Southern Breeze!


When:   Saturday, June 2
              2 to 5 PM

Where:   Kirkwood Public Library
              11 Kirkwood Rd. NE
              Atlanta, GA  

For more information and to reserve your place RSVP to Temika Grooms: southern-breeze-ic@scbwi.org

Reminder: The Southern Breeze Writing Contest is open to members only. Find out more information at our website.


Oops! There are TWO more Show-Mos that were inadvertently left off the list!

Bobbie Weldon Canada has the following events scheduled:

June 16, 10:00 to 11:30 CMT at the Auburn Public Library, 749 Thach Ave., Auburn, AL

June 23, 10:00 to 11:30 ET, Harris Co. Public Library, 7511 GA Highway 116, Hamilton, GA





The Southern Breeze Gallery featuring original works of our children's book illustrators will continue through June 30th at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA. Please come out and see how talented our illustrators are!


If you have an event around the Southern Breeze neighborhood this summer, please email Cathy Hall with all of your information. We'd love to help get the word out AND the Breezers to your event!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Southern Breeze Gallery Show!

Memorial Day weekend starts with a colorful splash as the Decatur Arts Festival opens Friday evening. For many artists and illustrators in Southern Breeze, it's an opening for them, too, as the Southern Breeze Annual Gallery Show kicks off!


Come out and join us for art talk and children's books at the reception or join in the festival fun all weekend  long. But the Gallery show lasts all month long, so if you're in Decatur in June, come by the library and see what illustrators are up to in the Southern Breeze neighborhood!

Contact Southern Breeze Illustrator Coordinator Temika Grooms for more information.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Southern Breeze Portfolio Award Winner Lori Nichols!


The SCBWI Southern Breeze Portfolio Award is an honor we give to an illustrator attending our annual regional conference.  It is always a pleasure to see the level of talent on display on the portfolio tables.  It is fashioned after the SCBWI National Conference Portfolio Show and is judged by our esteemed faculty during the conference. 
 
The winner for the 2018 Southern Breeze Portfolio Show is Lori Nichols.  The judges reviewed the portfolios for quality of imagery, presentation and suitability for the children’s literary market.  Ironically, and not by design, Lori won the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators New York Winter conference portfolio award in 2014.  We're chatting with Lori today about developing an award-winning portfolio:

Lori, congratulations on winning the 2018 Southern Breeze Portfolio Show! We are all striving to make our work better and we’d like to get some tips from you.  Talk with us about what inspires your choice of characters and how you bring them to life?

Thanks! My characters usually come from hours of playing around in my sketchbook. I like to set aside time to get to know my characters and that involves exploring their emotions. I draw them happy, mad, sad, frustrated, and ambivalent as I search for their emotional blueprint. The emotions are the real essence of bringing a character to life. The setting always comes last.



We love to learn about the spaces where artists work because they vary greatly.  What is the one thing you can’t live without when it comes to art making? What do you use to create your illustrations?  Do you have a special process or something that helps you get in the work flow?

The one thing I couldn’t live without would be pencils and paper. Those things bring me the most enjoyment. I use pencil on paper, ink on Bristol board, and gouache on watercolor paper. I like to experiment. Most of my books have been done with traditional pencil on Mylar or quilled ink on Bristol board. I then scan the original images into Photoshop to clean them up and color them. I also create traditional watercolor washes or acrylic textures to use as backgrounds. Sometimes I will use the textures to create custom digital brushes. 
My process is kind of a dance: sketch, draw, scan, color, repeat. I go back and forth between medium when working on a project, and I like to set aside warm-up time before diving into the finished product. 


Can you give us any tips on curating our work (for online and in your physical portfolio) to decide on what should be included within the body of work?

One mistake I made a lot when I graduated from art school was trying to show everything I created. I learned it’s better to choose only your best work and to try to find your voice. An art director wants to see your ability to create a character and move them through a story. Showing one or two characters in several different scenes with different emotions is more useful to an art director than showing her you can do 15 different styles. It’s OK to have different styles, but character development is more important. If you want to show that you have a few different styles, make sure you divide your portfolio up into those categories and mention in a divider sleeve that you work in a variety of styles. But do try to find your voice within those styles.


Portfolios can vary widely.  How did you make the choice on the style, size, materials, etc. of your physical portfolio?

When I attended the New York SCBWI conference they had specifics on portfolio sizes. I choose one that fits within their guidelines. If you have too large of a portfolio then your work may be disqualified. Remember, their reviews have hundreds of portfolios and they need to be able to fit all of them on a limited number of tables. If you’re going to spend the time and money to attend a national conference it’s worth doing your research on their rules. I would also recommend scanning all your work and having it output instead of showing the original art. This will allow you more flexibility to size things as well as keep your original art safe from damage.


Tell us about how you get your new work out into the children’s book market. 

 Luckily I have an agent who pushes my work but for those who are just starting out, social media is a wonderful tool. Follow every art director, publisher, illustrator, and writer you can find–especially those whose work inspires you. There are several different communities out there on social media to help you. A lot of it is just showing up and putting yourself out there. Your work won’t be seen if you don’t show it. Also, have a website! There are so many easy website building sites out there. I use WIX.


The pictures on your website show you having a great time with the kids doing school visits.  Do you have any tips you’d like to share with other illustrators who may be interested in getting into school visits?

I think if you are a debut author or illustrator it’s OK to do a few school visits pro bono to get your feet wet. I’m not saying to do this forever and not suggesting giving your future presentations away for free, but there will be a learning curve on what works for you and sometimes you need to just practice. It’s a win-win. The school wins and you win experience with speaking in front of children. I registered for a public speaking conference with Highlights in Pennsylvania when I started speaking at schools and conferences. I needed feedback and guidance. Really, I needed training! It also helps to see other authors speak at schools. Inquire at local school if they have any authors coming in for speaking engagements and ask if they would let you listen to the presentation.

Do you have any special projects or work coming up that you’d like to share?

I’m working on two books right now. One book is with Nancy Paulsen at Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Random House and one with Boyds Mills Press. That’s about all I can say right now...but I’m really looking forward to both of these books when they come out.


 Where can we learn more about your work?






Wednesday, May 16, 2018

PALing Around


So, say you are a Southern Breeze member who happens to have a book/magazine article/illustration published. So what? Congratulations is what! And I hope you are PALing around with the Southern Breeze PALs.

The PAL membership category within SCBWI stands for Published and Listed. To learn more, visit https://www.scbwi.org/membership-categories-new/ As the PAL Coordinator for Southern Breeze, I help PALs get what they need from the organization. If you are pre-published, don’t worry, you aren’t being left out – the PAL activities are specific to their needs (you probably don’t want to sit through a long discussion on how to manage an option clause for a 5th book).

Some current SB PAL activities:

·         Facebook Southern Breeze PALs: A great place to ask questions. And learn about resources like the YALSA List of YA Authors by State.

·         KidLit Connects: Periodic online chats with librarians on topics of interest to people deeply involved with kidlit. Recent topics: censorship, presenting to librarians, story time at the library. Have a topic you’d like to discuss? Contact Heather.

·         AJC Decatur Book Festival: Southern Breeze is working on hosting a booth at this fabulous book festival. A great option for PALs to sell books and pre-published folks to learn more about book selling.

If you have questions about any of this, if you are a PAL and not receiving periodic emails from me, or if you have ideas about how we can better serve PAL members, please contact me, Heather L. Montgomery, sipsey21 (at) Hotmail (dot) com.


Friday, May 11, 2018

Southern Breeze Writing Contest

Remember "if-then" statements? Like "If you read the Southern Breeze blog, then you're going to know what's going on in SCBWI in Georgia, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle."

And here's one more for you: If the Show-Mo events have started near you, then the Southern Breeze Writing Contest is coming up! Every June, you're invited to send in your manuscripts in the hopes that our judges will award you a prize. This year, we've lined up a slate of super judges!

For Illustrated Text (Includes fiction and non-fiction picture books, early readers, leveled readers, and illustrated chapter books):

Lara Perkins, Associate Agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency


For Middle Grade (Includes novels in verse):

Hannah Fergesen, KT Literary Agency


For Young Adult (Includes novels in verse):

Elizabeth Bewley, Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc.


Check out the judges and see what they like! Because if you do your homework, then you might find the perfect manuscript to send to the contest. And please check the Southern Breeze website here for details about the contest like formatting, word count, and where to send the manuscripts. All the rules are there, including this final if-then:

If you are a member of Southern Breeze and/or attended wik'18, then you may enter the Southern Breeze Writing Contest. (And if you are not a member, then what are you waiting for? Come join us today!)




Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Breezers in the Neighborhood: SHOW-MO May!

Show-Mo's starting early this year with events all over our region! Come join Breezers at these free events, and remember, you do not have to be a member of SCBWI Southern Breeze to attend a Show-Mo; we'd love for you to see what SCBWI Southern Breeze is all about! (However, you MUST be a member to participate in the Southern Breeze Writing Contest this June.)

So on with the Show-Mo!





For illustrators in ALL areas of Southern Breeze, Temika Grooms has something special planned. She'll have an online review, 5 to 7PM on Sunday, June 3. Please contact Temika for more details with attn: #ShowMoILL18. (southern-breeze-ic@scbwi.org)


ALABAMA

When:      Saturday, May 19th
                10 AM to Noon

Where:     Earnest & Hadley Booksellers
                 1928 7th Street
                 Tuscaloosa, AL

Contact:    Monique Fields
                 moniquefields@mac.com

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When:      Wednesday, May 23
                 1 to 3 PM

Where:     Hoover Public Library
                 Birmingham, AL

Contact:   Claire Datnow
                 cldatnow@me.com


FLORIDA

When:       Wednesday, May 2

Where:       NW-Florida

Contact:     Suzanne Purvis
                   spurvis500@embarkmail.com


GEORGIA

When:       Saturday, May 5
                  10 AM to 11:30 AM

Where:      Troup-Harris Regional Library
                  115 Alford Street
                  LaGrange, GA

Contact:     Bobbie Weldon Canada

(Please note that this event serves the Alabama/ Opelika area as well as Georgia/Pine Mountain.)
    
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When:       Saturday, May 12
                  10 AM to 12 Noon

Where:      915 Commercial Street
                 Conyers, GA

Contact:   Tk Read
                 tk@tkread.com

(Please note: TK's second event has been cancelled. Check out some of the other Show-Mo events nearby!)

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When:      Saturday, May 19
                 11AM to 1 PM

Where:     Southwest Chatham Library, Children's Activity Room
                 Savannah, GA

Contact:    Melissa Miles
                 melissajmiles1@gmail.com

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When:      Saturday, May 19
                10 AM to 4 PM

Where:     Sautee Nacoochee Center
                 Sautee, GA

Contact:   Paula Puckett
                paulabpuckett@aol.com

(Please note: Paula's event is "Write-In, Draw-In." Please contact her for more details about this fun day for writers AND illustrators!)

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When:     Saturday, June 2
               10 AM to 1 PM

Where:    Five Forks Public Library
                Lawrenceville, GA

Contact:  Cathy Hall
                cathyhall55@hotmail.com

(Please note: Cathy's event includes guest speaker Rebecca Petruck, who'll help get the bugs out of your manuscripts!)

Contact the Local Liaisons listed for more details re: what to bring and how a show-mo works for you. Hope to see you (and your fabulous manuscripts) soon!


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

It's Baaaack! (SHOW-MO 2018!)

Show-Mo: (n) A free event whereby writers and illustrators in the Southern Breeze region show their work and get feedback in a small workshop atmosphere. Usually held in the month(s) prior to the Southern Breeze Writing Contest.

We're revving up for Show-Mo now and that means that our Critique Coordinator has been very busy! Here's T.K. Read, ready to share her Show-Mo encouragement and excitement (and P.S. She's really excited!):

So… Last June was our first SHOW-MO!
You came, you showed, you read; we came, we saw, we heard and we responded, and… IT WAS SUCH A RE-SOUNDING SUCCESS, WE’RE DOING IT AGAIN, AND EXPANDING IT TO THE MONTH OF MAY AS WELL!
 
We had over 55 folks participate last year, and a 19% increase in the number of submissions to our 2017 Southern Breeze Writing Contest. This year, we’re hoping to go-big, double that number… and get even more people to submit their polished-up, dazzling, publish-ready work to the contest. Submission to the contest is free for Southern Breeze members and you can read more details at the Southern Breeze Writing Contest. (Please note: Information for 2018 has not been updated yet but the rules are the same for every year!)
 
So, you say, TK, that sounds a little ambitious. My response: Consider this my challenge to you to pick one Show-Mo out from our line-up and go, just go. Find out for yourself why 55 of us went last year. You have no excuses. Show-Mos are a free, no strings attached way to get fresh eyes to give you honest feedback on your pages. We, the serious, professional writers of Southern Breeze, know that such feedback is crucial to insuring we submit our best work. So, I challenge you to take three to four hours of your time during May or June and improve your writing while helping others improve theirs.
 
Here are some participants’ feedback from last years SHOW-MOs:
 
"Was great!" "Very helpful." “WONDERFUL SCBWI SHOW-MO today at Starbucks! Productive critique group! Loved the diversity!”
 
And, my favorite:  "Can we do this again?"
 
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I told you TK was excited! We are getting information daily about Show-Mo events throughout the region so please check the Southern Breeze website for updates, and next month, we'll have a complete list here at the Southern Breeze blog. Get writing and get ready--the next winner of the Southern Breeze writing contest could be YOU!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

SCBWI Southern Breeze Congratulates Liz Conrad Awardee Laura Moss!


The Liz Conrad Award is a coveted Southern Breeze honor given to a promising illustrator in our region.  Every year we receive many applications which are judged by an industry professional to decide the awardee.  This year Claire Easton of Painted Words, Inc., an agency representing award-winning illustration for children's publishing, and the editorial and advertising industries, reviewed and provided comments to the top three awardees for Honorable Mention, Runner-Up and Winner.

Illustrator Coordinator Temika Grooms interviewed the 2018 Liz Conrad Awardee Laura Moss to learn more about her work.


 I received the award letter on my birthday, and it could not have been a sweeter birthday gift. It was such a huge surprise to pull the envelope from my mailbox, frantically tear it open and read it on my porch! It's a pretty amazing feeling and great honor to be chosen for an award from SCBWI since it's the largest platform that recognizes illustrators and writers for their work. So for me, I'd like to think the award was confirmation of me as an artist, and that illustrating children's books is what I was meant to do. Thank you to those of you who selected me for this prestigious award. It means a lot.

Laura, congratulations on winning this year’s Liz Conrad Award! Share with us a bit about what inspired the pieces you submitted for review. 

 The piece I submitted for this award was directly related to my own struggles growing up. I had really big feet when I was young and went through a lot of insecurities as a child because of it. When I got older, I promised myself I'd write and illustrate a story for children who experienced similar situations when faced with diversity. That is the reason for naming the book, "Little girl. Big feat!" This book was the best way for me to show kids that being different was okay, and not only okay, but to show them their differences were beautiful! The images that I painted for this award were pulled right from the days when I went to school; a very emotional, sad and confused young girl with big feet. I laugh at it now, but I do remember it was challenging for me at age 10 to wear a size 10.5.

What do you use to create your illustrations?  Do you have a special process or something that helps you get in the work flow?

I create children's books digitally, using Photoshop because it's more efficient over traditional methods. The only time I paint traditionally is when I'm asked to do a commissioned piece for someone. As far as my process, I would call it a routine more than a process. Before I start my day working on any illustration, I get up and go workout to get my blood pumping. I need to feel energized and alive before I start to paint because I know the long hours ahead will be spent confined to my office or the inside of a random cafe.

We love to learn about the spaces where artists work because they vary greatly.  What is the one thing you can’t live without when it comes to art making?

All I have to do is turn on my Spotify playlist, which includes, but is not limited to jazz, hip-hop, rock, blues and so on. I can create anywhere. Music always brings me back to a place and time, so I always need a great playlist to get me going. Oh, and Kendrick Lamar. I can’t forget my Kendrick Lamar! :)

Your application mentioned that you were inspired by children’s book illustration at an early age.  Who is your greatest inspiration?  Do you have any special projects or work coming up that you’d like to share?

At a very young age I knew I wanted to be an artist. The book that started it all for me was Ezra Jack Keats’s, "A Snowy Day." It was the very first time I saw a child that looked just like me inside a children's book. It was huge! I mean, i saw more animals represented in books than I saw people that looked like me, so naturally it was a really big deal and I'm sure for every child of color who read it felt the same way.  Since then, I've fallen in love with storytelling. Creating "Little girl. Big feat", had always been a dream of mine. Not only to create a beautiful visual representation of what I experienced, but true reflections and stories that represent what we all see in everyday life. In an industry that doesn't always reflect that idea, I would like to begin to change that. Inclusion would mean that we all matter and what better way to tell a child they exist is to show them in the books they read. My latest picture book project, "Little girl. Big feat." will be released by the end of this year, just in time for the holiday season! So be sure to check the Facebook page to get the latest updates and release info.


Where can we learn more about your work?



Friday, April 6, 2018

An SCBWI Southern Breeze Shout Out!

SCBWI is all about supporting our writers and illustrators, and in the Southern Breeze region, we have lots of opportunities! Last month, we had a handful of Breezers attend an event and...you know what? I'll let Breezer and author, Amy M. O'Quinn tell you more:

The UGA Hotel and Conference Center in Athens was the place to be March 23-24, 2018! The building was abuzz with all sorts of bookish goodness, as attendees of the 49th annual Children’s Book Awards & Conference on Children’s Literature were treated to the most amazing keynote author presentations and workshops—and a lineup of interesting concurrent sessions on topics ranging from ways to get boys excited about reading to how to use fiction books to teach science and STEM. There was something for everyone!

I took part in a GCBA session last year (2017) presented by SCBWI members called “Authors in Your Backyard.” I had such a wonderful time that I submitted a proposal for a solo presentation this year called “Get Up Close and Personal! Spark Student Interest with Real Life Stories of Scientists and Inventors.” I was thrilled it was accepted! As an author/educator, I’ve interacted with students, teachers, and parents often over the last thirty years. And I’ve found that when students become invested in the life and struggles of a scientist or inventor, they become more interested in learning about that person’s discoveries or inventions. And I love to share great resources to that end. I had a lot of fun with the attendees who came to my session.

PAL Coordinator, Heather Montgomery, organized another SCBWI session for this conference called “The Book in You.” She invited SCWBI authors/members who would already be in attendance or presenting to take part in this jam-packed session. There were five of us —Heather Montgomery, Shelli Johannes, Randi Sonenshine, Paula Puckett, and me. We all created PowerPoint slides and chose specific talking points about the process of writing, being an author, and/or getting published. Heather did an amazing job pulling the whole thing together, and we presented to a room full of ‘aspiring author’ attendees. Based on comments and questions, they undoubtedly found our session to be very valuable. Just another outstanding SCBWI service!

I do enjoy the camaraderie with other authors and mingling with fellow book lovers, so attending the GCBA is a top priority for me. As a presenter, I was required to pay the conference registration fee, but that meant I also had full access to all the concurrent sessions. Moreover, I feel that this money is a marketing investment. It gives me yet another opportunity to make contact with educators and librarians from all over the state who are interested in my topic, presentation, or book, which lead to invitations for school visits or presentations.

It’s a win-win!





Amy M. O’Quinn is an educator and author of Marie Curie for Kids: Her Life and Scientific Discoveries, with 21 Activities and Experiments, published in 2106 by Chicago Review Press. Her next book, Nikola Tesla for Kids, is scheduled to be released in 2019. Amy and her family live on the family farm in rural south Georgia. Find out more about her and her work at www.amyoquinn.com.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Breezers in the Neighborhood: APRIL!

It's warming up in our region, and our Southern Breezers are warming up with several events that you can attend!


April 21


If you're in Georgia near the metro Atlanta area, come out to Stephanie Moody's workshop:

What:              Writer's Workshop With a Christian Focus

When:             Saturday, April 21, 10:30 AM

Where:            NE Spruill Oaks Library
                        9560 Spruill Rd.
                        Johns Creek, GA  30022


Join Author and photographer Deborah Malone who will lead "Writing Christian Fiction 101"and author April Love Fordham as she discusses "My Journey as a Christian Author." As always, workshops are FREE and open to the public! For more information or to register, contact Stephanie at moodyviews@bellsouth.net.



If you're in Alabama, we have Breezers in several spots you can visit!

Author Alayne Smith will be participating in the Alabama Book Festival in Montgomery. Her YA novel, Ellen and the Three Predictions will be available for sale and signing. And authors Ash Parsons and Peter Huggins will also be at the festival. Come see them (and their books)!




Author Claire Datnow will be presenting "Writing Nature into Fiction and Non-Fiction:" How authors can seamlessly incorporate nature and science-based information into their writing to make their stories more powerful, entertaining and relevant.

When:     Third Saturday (April 21) 10:00 AM

Where:    Daphne Public Library
                2607 US98
                Daphne, AL 36526



April 28


Author Sucheta Rawal will be at the All About Kids Expo In Gwinnett County!



What:   Book Talk and Signing (Beato Goes To series)

When:  11:00 AM

Where:   Gwinnett County Fairgrounds
               2405 Sugarloaf Parkway
               Lawrenceville, GA 30045

Sucheta's presentation is free as is the entire Kid's Expo. Please see more information here.


So come out and enjoy the spring weather and your Southern Breezers in April. And if you have an event coming up, let us know so we can add you to the fun!