Monday, July 30, 2018

Breezers in Your Neighborhood: August!

We had a bit of a vacation for Breezers last month, but it's August now, and we're baaaaaaack...

Saturday, August 4:

Shelli R. Johannes will be launching her new book, CECE LOVES SCIENCE, at Little Shop of Stories from 3:00 until 4:30. Little Shop is located at 133 East Court Square in Decatur, Georgia, and you can find out more information here!


Because CECE LOVES SCIENCE was chosen as the National Storytime Book at B & N on the same day, Shelli will be at the Mansell Road Barnes & Noble at 11:00 AM, also on Saturday!

Lisa Stauffer will be at FoxTale Book Shoppe for the launch of her debut board book, TWO BY TWO! Come see her at 105 East Main Street in Woodstock, Georgia at 11:00 AM.

Saturday, August 11:

Lisa Stauffer and TWO BY TWO will have a second book signing and storytime! You'll find Lisa and her mischievous monkeys at 11:00 AM at Starline Books in Chattanooga, Georgia.

Author Avery Elizabeth Hurt will be at the Local Authors Expo and Book Fair for book signing and writing talk! The Expo takes place from 9 AM until 1 PM at the Birmingham Public Library, Central Branch, located at 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, Alabama. It's free and open to the public.

Tracey M. Cox will be at the Harmony Jubilee, kissing hands, signing babies, and shaking books! The Harmony Jubilee takes place at Paulk Park Campground in Fitzgerald, Georgia.

That's Breezers in Your Neighborhood for August, y'all! If YOU are going to be at an event in your neighborhood that's open to the public, let us know. Send details to Cathy Hall at

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Show-Mo Success Story!

So… We did it… AGAIN!

June was our second, annual SHOW-MO MONTH!
You came, you showed, you read; we came, we saw, we heard and we responded, and… next year, we’ll do it again! 

We had loads of folks participate in our second annual SHOW-MO. Throughout the month of June, at various places in our region, Local Liaisons*, and other enthusiastic Southern Breeze members*, hosted critique meet-ups so members could show and share up to the first ten pages of their work, and give and receive feedback to help improve their writing in time for the Southern Breeze Writing Contest submission deadline.

SHOW-MO was intended to foster a sense of community amongst our members, encourage submission to our annual Southern Breeze Writing Contest, and help members up-their-game by improving the quality of their pages.

June is over, the SHOW-MOs have concluded, and the contest deadline has come and gone.

Did we accomplish our goals?


Just look at the pictures and you’ll have to agree the meet-up part was a resounding success. And how could it not be? What’s more fun than hanging out with a bunch of children’s book writers and illustrators as they discuss writing and illustrating children’s books? (The proper response is “Nothing; that’s what.”)

Here’s feedback from this year’s participants and Show-mo hosts:

From Cathy Hall, who hosted a Show-Mo in the Gwinnett County area in Georgia:

We had a terrific turnout for the Show-Mo at the Five Forks Library--we gathered first for a short and informative presentation from author Rebecca Petruck (BOY BITES BUG). And then it was right to work on our manuscripts! We had two groups: a PB group of five and a novel group of six; most of the attendees were Southern Breeze members but we had one young writer (a rising 4th grader) who I hope one day will join SCBWI. :-)

Special thanks to Rebecca Petruck who joined the novel group to give feedback to our middle grade and YA writers, to Lisa Stauffer who jumped in to facilitate the PB group (her PB comes out in August 2018!) and ARA Sharon Pegram who always lends a hand with whatever I need.

From Temika Grooms who hosted a Show-Mo in the Decatur, Georgia area:

The Southern Breeze ShowMo 2018 for Decatur/DeKalb was held on June 2, 2018 at the Kirkwood Library in Atlanta, Georgia.  SCBWI members and non-members gathered for the love of storytelling as they shared and listened to the first 10 pages of each manuscript.  This diverse group provided constructive criticism and support for authors from picture books to middle grade.  Opportunities like these are important for craft development and participants look forward to more critiques in the future.

From Suzanne Purvis, who hosted a Show-Mo in the Florida Panhandle area of our region:

We had a fabulous lunch thanks to Lisa Black who hosted us at her beachfront condo in Destin. We had a blast and  even critiqued too. :-)

From Paula Puckett, who hosted a Show-Mo in the NE Georgia Mountain area:

North Georgia East Write and Draw Event was held in May at the Sautee Nacoochee Center.  Attendees were able to have time to work on individual projects and attend featured displays, such as the miniature quilt display put together by the Mountain Laurel Quilter's Group and the Folk Pottery Museum.

We would like to plan another opportunity to get together in the future at this location.  Please get in touch with Paula Puckett for more information.

*Thank you, thank you, thank you a thousand times over to our SHOW MO volunteers for making this happen. And yes, I’m calling you out: Cathy Hall, Suzanne Purvis, Bobbie Canada, Melissa Miles, Susan Montanari, Carrie Dalby, Martha Hynson, Temika Grooms, Stephanie Moody, MeLeesa Swann, and Paula Puckett. 

If you missed submitting this year, don’t sweat it! We have other events taking place throughout our region (check-out the regional events page here, ) and… next June will be here before you know it.

Tootles!   T. K. Read
Critique Group Coordinator, Southern Breeze.


Friday, July 20, 2018

Registration Open for Retreat!

Oh, Breezers, gather up your pastels, get out the red pens!

Or don't do a thing but pack a toothbrush. It's time again for the Unprogrammed Retreat in Cullman, Alabama, September 20-23rd, and spaces will be filling up fast so you'll want to register now!

But what exactly is an unprogrammed retreat? That's's...well...hmmm.

It's anything you want it to be.

Want to have some time with your critique group to dig deep into manuscripts and make revisions? You can do that! Or do you need uninterrupted time to read 100 picture books and make a list of why each book is amazing? You can do that, too. Are you itching to set up an easel and paint, or flesh out a plot on your latest work-in-progress, or even work with your partner on that project you have to finish by October?

The unprogrammed retreat at the Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center in Cullman is the perfect place to accomplish those goals and more. The accommodations are delightful, the food's delicious, and the company is friendly and supportive.

But there are only so many spaces, Breezers! So there is one thing you absolutely must do for the Unprogrammed Retreat: register!

To register for the retreat, please see the Southern Breeze website here. And don't forget that members MUST log in to SCBWI in order to register. Please note: This retreat is open to ALL members (and non-members).