Shuttle Information

Good news, Crossroads buddies! We have some updated shuttle information for you. Our organizers will be driving a passenger van from various locations at regular intervals to help some of you non-car folks (or those who are just more sociable travelers) get around. Tonight (Friday), the shuttle will be taking people from downtown Macon (The Rookery on Cherry Street) to the hotel 11 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., meaning the last shuttle leaves downtown Macon at 12:30 p.m. Tomorrow (Saturday), the shuttle will be taking people from the hotel to Mercer 7 a.m. – 8 a.m. Trips to and from Mercer and the hotel will resume at 5 p.m. Starting at 8:30 p.m., the shuttle will be taking people from the hotel to downtown Macon  (The Rookery on Cherry Street) to the hotel. The shuttle will be leaving the hotel half past each hour, and picking up from the downtown location on the top of each hour. There will be a break at 9 p.m. and then service will resume 11 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., meaning the last shuttle leaves downtown Macon at 12:30 p.m....

Hello Crossroads Friends! Here’s some helpful information…

Good afternoon, Crossroads buddies! Here’s the email we sent out to attendees on Wednesday, which should have some helpful information about where the conference is, where to park, etc.   We are so excited to bring you another great year of nerdy writer experiences at Macon’s Crossroads Writers Conference. If you haven’t already, check out the schedule of event HERE. Find out a little (or a lot) about the home city of Crossroads, Macon, HERE. You can find directions to the Mercer University Campus HERE and a campus map HERE. The conference will be taking place in and around the Willingham Auditorium, building 3 on the campus map. Registration is in the building next door, Newtown Chapel, building 4 on the campus map. There is plenty of parking in Mercer Village, behind the restaurants on Montpelier Avenue, street parking in front of Willingham Auditorium, or street parking around the Tattnall Square Park. The Mercer University Village has some great places to eat: Francar’s Buffalo Wings Fountain of Juice Ingleside Village Pizza Jittery Joe’s Margarita’s Mexican Grill If you have any questions during the event, please don’t hesitate to find us at the check-in table, or grab any of the Guest Services folks in red sashes. On Friday night, we will be having fun at our Author’s Avenue in downtown Macon, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Friday night is also First Friday in Macon, which means a lot of great free events in the arts and culture spaces, including the One City Art Festival First Friday Art Crawl. We also have a ton of other recommendations for what to do in Macon, and for that information, as well as...

Interview with Barry Reese: Pulp Prolific

Crossroads favorite Barry Reese is a writer’s writer. Not only is he the dedicated author of pulp favorites The Rook Chronicles, Lazarus Gray and Rabbit Heart (the latter of which earned him the 2011 Pulp Ark Award for Best Author), but he also spends his days as a librarian. And did we mention, he has written for Marvel Comics, Moonstone, West End Games, Pro Se Press and others? He’s also a co-creator on the “Pulped!” podcast and the Ubergeeks podcast. Writer Rachel Helie caught up with Barry to give us a little insight to what he’ll be telling writers at this year’s Crossroads. He will be discussing his stories and craft at “Making The Most Out of Murder and Mayhem,” taking place on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Learn more about Barry Reese at his website, barryreese.net, and follow Barry’s thoughts and progress on Twitter, @BarryReesePulp.   Q: How do you do it? The sheer volume of work that you produce is amazing! Does it help to operate on an assigned character, knowing that character’s back-story and building on the pulp’s oeuvre? Share your secrets, Reese! BR: Classic pulp authors wrote thousands of words a month because they had to – they were paid pennies for each word so in order to live, you had to produce. I take a lot of inspiration from that. I believe that what you produce under a strict schedule may be less polished but it’s a lot more intense and true. It’s a pure vision that hasn’t been meticulously scrubbed by revision. I write. Then I write some more. I never stop. I never worry about the last story because I have another one to...

What to Do in Macon

Looking for something to do outside of the Crossroads Writers Conference while you are here in Macon? Well lucky you, there is a smorgasbord of exciting happenings happening in Macon, and almost all of it is just a hop, skip and a jump away from the conference, in gorgeous, walkable downtown Macon. Downtown Macon is a super-safe place to be, especially on First Friday, with lots of folks and biking police milling around. Friday, October 4 is the monthly First Friday in Macon, which means a ton of different music, food and art events. The galleries show off their new exhibits with free receptions, restaurants and bars have yummy specials, and we will be joining in the fun with our first Author’s Avenue. For eating, there are plenty of choices as you walk up Cherry Street, but we especially love The Rookery (with the swankier Dovetail just upstairs – a great place for a cocktail), Downtown Grill (tucked away in a cozy alley), Ginger (make-your-own stir-fry spot on Poplar Street, with another great bar, Kashmir, upstairs), and Doughboy Pizza. They are all within a few blocks of each other, and easy to find.   How to get around: If you are staying at the Holiday Inn North, you will have to drive to downtown Macon and Mercer University. From Mercer University, you can drive a few minutes to downtown Macon, where there is plenty of street parking, or have a pleasant 20-30 minute stroll past some gorgeous historic homes to get there instead. Directions from the hotel to downtown Macon (for First Friday). Directions from Mercer University to downtown...