It’s only been four months since Chris Baty delivered his moving keynote speech at Crossroads 2012. In the time since, many of you have started and completed novels during November for NaNoWriMo. We’ve been quietly working on ways to up our game in 2013. (More on that soon, we promise.)
And Mr. Baty? Well, he’s taken his inspirational ways another step further.
First, if you want to hear his speech again, here it is for your listening pleasure. (Videos from the conference are coming soon… ish.)
Between globetrotting and working hard at his own writing, Chris Baty has also opened a little Internet shop of wonders, which you can–and dang sure better–check out here. There you will find posters and signs with that special Chris Baty touch of sincere care and interest in you as a person and a writer.
Grab one and close your eyes, hear his motivational words echo around your head and remember that he believes in you so you should too. Then get to writing.
And then write some more.
Make us all proud.
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At Crossroads 2011, we assembled a few really interesting panels but this one featuring novelist Tina McElroy Ansa, novelist Terry Kay, memorist Lauretta Hannon and poet Robert Perry Ivey still has people talking. Maybe that’s because it was a panel dedicated to Southern writing (thus the Faulkner quote) or, because Tina and Perry are Macon natives, Lauretta hails from Warner Robins and Terry Kay is published by Mercer University Press.
Either way, you’re sure to find a few nuggets of knowledge in these snippets.
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Tina McElroy Ansa answers a question about what she learned from another famed Macon native, John Oliver Killens, who co-founded the Harlem Writers Guild and inspired the name of our conference in his novel, “Youngblood,” set in Macon’s fictional counterpart, Crossroads, Georgia.
Asked whether Southern writers are mired in stigma when they leave the region, poet Robert Perry Ivey says sure, maybe… but have fun with it.
Memorist Lauretta Hannon talks about working as a Southern writer with a New York publicist.
Novelist Terry Kay talks about how he approaches writing as a Southerner and the privileges a Southern writer used to have.