Scholarship Sponsors, Radio Spots and Billboards, Oh My!

Scholarship Sponsors, Radio Spots and Billboards, Oh My!

Thanks to a huge boost of support from the local community, this has been a stellar week in Crossroadsland! WMUM, Macon’s GPB station, is running a new promo for the 5th annual Crossroads Writers Conference. Click here to listen to the Crossroads Stereo Promo. The next day, Lamar Advertising gave the conference space on one of its digital billboards overlooking Watson Boulevard so our buddies in Warner Robins will know what’s up. And in great news for writers-in-need, we picked up two more scholarship sponsors from story-loving organizations and businesses. The first comes from Historic Macon, whose hard work has preserved the gorgeous historic housing stock that makes our city so unique. Their crown jewel is the Sidney Lanier Cottage, where Macon’s famed poet was born and where you’ll now find the Lanier Center for Literary Arts. So it’s only appropriate that they want to sponsor a budding poet with a Storyteller Deluxe scholarship in honor of ol’ Sidney Lanier. We’re also able to give away another Pen & Paper scholarship thanks to the generosity of the Law Office of J. Michael Cranford, who is also helping support Authors’ Avenue on Friday, October 4 in downtown Macon. This one goes to a writer-in-need, doesn’t matter where you live or whether you’re a student. And if you’ve already applied for a scholarship, you’ll be considered for this one too. No need to reapply. To apply for either scholarship, you need to go to this form and answer all of our unreasonable questions! Click here. Now, you’re probably wondering about those other scholarships. Who won those? Well, our anonymous donor has picked two...
Last weekend for the Pen & Paper giveaway, sponsored by MGSC

Last weekend for the Pen & Paper giveaway, sponsored by MGSC

Time is running out but the entries keep pouring in. If you want a shot at one of two Pen & Paper registrations, generously sponsored by Middle Georgia State College, you should click here now to enter. In addition to sending 10 of its students to the 2013 Crossroads Writers Conference, Middle Georgia State College has sponsored these two non-student registrations too. Increase your chances by entering daily and sharing with your friends. The giveaway ends Monday, September 16, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Learn more about tickets for the 2013 Crossroads Writers Conference here. Check out the schedule for the 2013 Crossroads Writers Conference here. Stay tuned for more news about Crossroads, including the special Sunday sessions for Storyteller Deluxe ticket holders and this year’s new T-shirt...
Walk Down to… Authors’ Avenue

Walk Down to… Authors’ Avenue

Apply for Authors’ Avenue You’ve toiled through first (and second and third … and 10th) drafts, made those tough edits and worked out all the bugs. Whether published by a big-time (or small-time) press or by dint of your own sweat, blood and hard-earned money, your biggest challenge may still lay ahead of you: Getting your book in a reader’s hands. Well, maybe Crossroads can help. That’s the idea behind Authors’ Avenue. On Friday, October 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in downtown Macon, we’re joining forces with the city’s popular First Friday event and lining lower Cotton Avenue (Lo Co, if you will) with bookwrights such as yourself. We’re headlining the event with readings by Kevin Coval (co-founder of Louder Than a Bomb and author of “Schtick” and “L-Vis Lives!”), novelist Bernice McFadden (“Gathering of Waters” and “Sugar”), and YA author Kat Zhang (“What’s Left of Me” and “Once We Were”), among others. Macon native Shawn Durham, author of “Broke Brothers Revolution,” is emceeing performances by Trendlenburg, Poetic Peace and Storytellers. There’s no cost to attend, but if you’re one of the applicants chosen, there will be a fee of $35 to help defray the costs of the event. For a shot at getting a space at Authors’ Avenue, you have to apply, which you can do by clicking here. We’ll make our final decisions by September 23, 2013 and notify our selections that day. If you have any questions, post it below or shoot me an email at Chris@CrossroadsWriters.org....

“To Outline, Or Not to Outline? That’s a Contentious Question”: An Interview with Sarah Domet

A favorite at Crossroads, Sarah Domet is the author of “90 Days to Your Novel” (Writer’s Digest Books). She earned her Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from The University of Cincinnati in 2009, and she now teaches in the Department of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University. She has published her fiction and nonfiction in many journals, most recently New Delta Review, Harpur’s Palate, Beloit Fiction Journal, Juked, Barely South Review, Talking Writing, Bitch Flicks, and Bluestem. She recently completed her novel, “Altar Girls,” the first draft of which she wrote in 90 Days. For more information, visit her website: http://sarahdomet.com/ WANT TO HEAR SARAH’S ‘ADVICE FROM A WRITING COACH’ TALK? SIGN UP FOR CROSSROADS 2013! “To Outline, Or Not to Outline? That’s a Contentious Question”: An Interview with Sarah Domet by Kathy Holzapfel   Kathy Holzapfel: Your book – “90 Days to Your Novel: A Day-by-Day Plan for Outlining & Writing Your Book” – outlines a step-by-step process to a completed novel. Can you explain the advantages of deadlines? Sarah Domet: So many people say “one day I’ll write a novel,” but “one day” is often pushed to the next day, then the next day, then indefinitely. Those who wait for “one day” to show up knocking on their doors wearing horn-rimmed glasses and demanding their manuscripts ASAP will wind up waiting a long time. As a teacher of writing, I appreciate deadlines, but I also recognize that individuals often arise to the challenges placed before them. A deadline is just that—a challenge. Stephen King famously noted that first drafts should be written in no more than three...
the Crossroads 2013 Schedule

the Crossroads 2013 Schedule

Hello friends, sorry it took us so long. There was just a lot of awesome to cram into one weekend. When you’re looking it over, remember how the registration works: Short Story ticket gets you in just the Saturday daylight sessions Pen & Paper gets you into Friday and Saturday’s sessions (and it includes lunch) Storyteller Deluxe gets you in Friday, Saturday and Sunday sessions plus your lunch on Saturday and two after-hours socializing events and the new Crossroads shirt. DOWNLOAD PDFs: FRIDAY SCHEDULE | SATURDAY SCHEDULE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4   1 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. – Welcome & Keynote by Delilah Dawson   1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Breakout Block 1 Room A – Writing Stories about Ordinary People – Ed Grisamore Room B – Freelancing – Anabelle Carr Room C – Never Say No: Building A Portfolio In The Gig Economy – Rhett Thomas   2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Breakout Block 2 Room A – If Writing Is Easy, You Ain’t Doing It Right – Joe Kovac Room B – The Writer/Editor Collaboration – Marc Jolley Room C – Writing Stories That Will Sell – Nathan Edmondson   3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. – Breakout Block 3 Room A – Digital Storytelling – Tim Regan-Porter Room B – Fiction Writing and Promotion – Shawn Durham Room C – Literary Agent Q&A – Carrie Howland   4:15 p.m. – 6 p.m. – FREE TIME   6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Author’s Avenue: Readings, Signings, Music & More in Downtown Macon   8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Social Hour for Authors & Storyteller Deluxe Ticket Holders  ...
What’s the “Short Story” ticket?

What’s the “Short Story” ticket?

You have spoken and we have listened. Several of our folks said they can’t get off work early on Friday and they wanted a Saturday-only ticket, which is what we’ve just created: the “Short Story” ticket. Now, for just $99, you can get into all our daytime Saturday sessions, panels and talks. Unfortunately, the Short Story ticket doesn’t include the lunch voucher and it won’t get you into our special sessions on Friday and Sunday, but if you’re on a tight schedule and need to keep a close eye on your budget, this is a deal that’s hard to beat. And stay tuned… the full schedule comes out...
How to Survive 74 Rejections: an Interview with Bernice McFadden

How to Survive 74 Rejections: an Interview with Bernice McFadden

National Bestselling author Bernice McFadden has written ten critically-acclaimed, award-winning bestselling novels, including the contemporary classics “Sugar” and “Glorious.” Her novel, “The Warmest December,” was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and was lauded as “searing and expertly imagined” by Nobel Laureate, Toni Morrison. A Brooklyn native and resident, Bernice’s latest novel is “Gathering of Waters,” a story that conjures the time, setting and heartbreak of the murder of Emmett Till. You can meet Bernice at this year’s Crossroads by registering here: CrossroadsWriters.splashthat.com To learn more, please visit her website: www.bernicemcfadden.com. You can also follow her on Twitter: @queenazsa   Q & A TIME – YOU’RE IN FOR A TREAT…   KATHY: If I’ve counted correctly, you’ve published 10 books as Bernice L. McFadden, plus you’ve got a piece in an anthology due out in December. You’ve also published 5 books under a pseudonym. That’s 16 books in 13 years. Sounds like you’re a disciplined writer. Can you describe your writing routine? BERNICE: I just read your question out loud and was a little surprised. Wow, yes it has been sixteen books in thirteen years. Well fifteen novels and one novella. I’m amazed. I don’t consider myself a disciplined writer. I think of myself as an emotional writer. I write when I’m feeling very sad or conflicted or extremely joyous. And I do not write everyday, at least not physically. The story is a constant in my head. I’m always thinking about the characters and their journey.   KATHY: In addition to creative writing, you’ve studied poetry and journalism. Do you write short stories and poems? Or any...
Review of FIRECRACKER by David Iserson

Review of FIRECRACKER by David Iserson

David Iserson, a writer for “SNL,” “The New Girl” and “Up All Night,” made his YA debut with “Firecracker” this May. He was interviewed in the Los Angeles Times, reviewed at Reading Rants and featured in Entertainment Weekly’s Shelf Life and on ForeverYoungAdult.com. And you should love his star-studded book trailer for “Firecracker,” which you can watch below. This will be his first visit to Crossroads and we’re geeked. Meet him at Crossroads when you register by clicking here.  Meaghan Walsh Gerard reviews FIRECRACKER by David Iserson Only once before have a read a YA book most of the way through before realizing it was categorized as such. I haven’t got anything against YA per se, but having been 29 for a couple of years now, I am generally uninterested in the adolescent themes they explore. But occasionally (though rarely) a YA novel manages to defy its genre conventions and just be a darn good story. Our tempestuous heroine, and narrator, is Astrid Krieger and she lives in a rocket ship. Yes, you read that right. Astrid is the teenaged daughter of very wealthy if aloof parents. In short, Astrid is bored. Her only amusements are pulling the strings of those less perceptive than herself. She’s been recently expelled from her very exclusive high school for cheating – something she never denies doing but only determines to find out who turned her in. Her therapist (and former dean) instead challenges Astrid to do at least three things that she doesn’t want to do. As an embittered, independent teen, the list of potential tasks is quite lengthy. But as Astrid embarks on...
VIDEO: Chris Baty at Crossroads 2012

VIDEO: Chris Baty at Crossroads 2012

“Everyone — and I mean, EVERYONE — has so much more inside of them than they realize.” National Novel Writing Month started almost in jest between friends. Its founder, Chris Baty, never expected hundreds of thousands of people to one day attempt it. He never thought so many of them would finish a 50,000 word novel over a November of writing insanity. And of those, that any would be published by a major press, let alone more than 100. Or that, in the case for “Like Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen, be made into a major motion picture. But you don’t watch a cultural phenomenon like this unfold without learning a few things along the way. On October 6, 2012, Chris Baty shared with us Crossroaders the highlights of his hard-won lessons. We won’t spoil the surprise. Just press play for a shot of inspiration, courtesy of Chris...

Enter to Win Writing Life Swag!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Matt Barr for winning the Writing Life Swag Pack! You’ll look good in your new duds!   We feel like giving away some stuff. Do you feel like winning some stuff? Good because it’s super easy. What’s the prize? This time, it’s a Writing Life Swag Pack — all capitalized and everything fancy — which comes with a Wordy South T-shirt, a Crossroads coffee mug and a shiny Crossroads USB so you can keep that novel-in-progress on you at all times. (Except the shower. Don’t shower with electronics!) How do I enter? Just log-in with Facebook or your email and answer a single-question survey. If you want more more entries, tweetify the giveaway or do a little Facebookery with it. When does it end? Monday, August 12 at 11:59 p.m., and after that you better be in bed, getting a good night’s sleep because it’s hard to create beautiful prose and poetry when you’ve been up all night! a Rafflecopter...