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St. Simon's Island, Georgia

Celebrating Writing Literacy and the Literary Arts - Scribblers' Retreat invites you to our fabulous new conference at Sea Palms Resort on sunny St. Simon's Island, Georgia

 

Scribblers' Retreat encourages, educates and promotes budding authors and published authors of all ages while helping them to write and publish their works. We provide a favorable environment to facilitate professional connections and friendly sharing of valuable information.

We are committed to the support and advancement of all writers, published and non-published. We offer four conferences with a broad variety of genres throughout the year. Attendees will experience lively, intelligent sessions presented by a carefully chosen symposium of experienced teachers, writers, editors and others from the publishing world.

We are dedicated to presenting innovative and motivating conferences to host world-class authors and speakers. There will be opportunities for attendees to meet like-minded fellows and also to compete in fun, impromptu writing contests for first-class prizes. All of this we offer in a spectacular setting at Sea Palms Resort on tranquil St. Simon's Island, Georgia.

Dorothy's Indie-Publishing Adventure

Dorothy St. JamesOur Keynote Speaker and best-selling author, Dorothy St. James (aka Dorothy McFalls), has enjoyed her own summertime odyssey of delving head-first into the new digital phenomenon known as the indie-publishing revolution.  She says "Its been quite the adventure".  Not letting any grass grow under her feet, she has been busily putting out her backlist books and novellas that had been published elsewhere, under her Dorothy McFalls persona, a whopping nine titles thusfar!

Her romantic suspense novel The Huntress has been on Amazon's best-seller list in romantic suspense for the past several months.  In her own words, "What a thrill!".

We are thrilled to host such a talented writer and author of the White House Gardener Mystery series, pseudonym Dorothy St. James.  Her new book, Oak and Dagger is scheduled to be published by Berkley Prime Crime in April 2013.

With all her new projects and now, new decisions as to whether or not to take the indie-publishing ride with future titles, Dorothy explains, "With all these new opportunities opening up, it's an exciting time to be a writer!"

Poetic Dark Forces Abide

Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe scholar, Dr. Scott Peeples, was asked to preside on the Hollywood set in the making of the new film staring John Cusack.  Charleston English Professor, and internationally recognized Poe scholar says of the film directed by James McTeigue, "The film moved in and out of Poe's biography and fiction in interesting ways, getting more clever toward the end. I recognized many things in the film as being close to be true in Poe's biography, but not quite true and for a fictional movie that is a good way to play it.  There are also parts that are just plain fiction."

Peeples goes on to say the filmmakers were on target in showing Poe as being very egotistical and proud of his accomplishments as a writer. He also notes that Cusack did look like Poe and "...did as good a job as he could recreating Poe's character."  Pretty high praise for a Poe scholar.

In addition to teaching, Professor Peeples has published two books, Edgar Allan Poe Revisited and The Afterlife of Edgar Allan Poe, which won the Patrick F. Quinn Award for the year's outstanding book on Poe, as well as numerous articles in academic jounals and anthologies.   We are looking forward to his talk at our conference next week.

Sea Palms Resort Welcomes All to the Island!

Come one, come all!  Our fabulous location on beautiful and historic St. Simons Island is probably one of the most friendly and "feel good" places on earth to join other writers or simply lovers of the written word.  Amidst swaying palms, manicured golf courses, vast marshes and tropical birds, don your perfect weather clothes and prepare to pamper yourself.  Scribblers' fall conference has a few seats left, so Register Today and get ready to laugh, love and play while listening to an incredible line-up of encouraging speakers.  We will celebrate at the pool on Saturday night as we mingle under the stars with the stars.  We give away fabulous prizes too, airplane rides over the islands and kayak tours are always awarded to the winners of the Challenge Prizes.

Things Are Heating Up for Kornblit!

 SHELTER FROM THE TEXAS HEAT

Bobbi Kornblit bookOn Saturday, September 29 at 3:00 p.m., Bobbi Kornblit, author of Shelter from the Texas Heat, will lead a workshop on creating effective settings and time periods. The interactive session will include examples from her book, set in the 1950s to the present, and from other works of contemporary and classic fiction.

Kornblit’s debut novel won the BEST BOOK /Women’s Fiction 2012 NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. In addition, it received the 2012 Georgia Author of the Year Award as the Finalist for First Fiction. Shelter from the Texas Heat is the September recommended selection of the Pulpwood Queens Book Club, with over 500 national chapters.

Bobbi Kornblit lives in Atlanta and instructs grammar at Emory’s Professional Learning Programs and at the Department of Training of Georgia Tech. She speaks at literary conferences and book clubs across the country.

Kornblit said, “I am honored to participate at this prestigious literary gathering in such a gorgeous setting! The Scribblers’ Retreat sounds like a weekend of sharing ideas and celebrating books.”

For more information, visit www.BobbiKornblit.com and www.facebook.com/Shelter.from.the.Texas.Heat.
 

Michel Stone Recognized for Meritorious Writing!

Michel StoneSpeaking at our conference in September, Michel's incredible and widely acclaimed book, The Iquana Tree, received the following review.

"...tightly written and wildfire-paced plot... In an utterly unsentimental and non-exploitative manner, the author manages to dramatize a sensational topic in a way that seems utterly relatable and peculiarly normal." -- The Texas Observer

Get Ready for Hilarity!

We are proud to present a fantastic line-up of speakers for our September conference. Incredible talent, heart-warming prose, keen humor, mystery and real literary genius, is certain to fill your imagination and titillate your senses. Learn writing from the best in an atmosphere of fun and sun on our beautiful island.

Friends of the Brunswick Library and Scribblers' Welcome Tony Horwitz May 1st!

Tony HorwitzPulitzer Prize-Winning Author, Tony Horwitz, is speaking at our first co-sponsored fundraiser on sunny St. Simon's Island for the "Tables of Content" dinner.

This will be the first jointly held fundraiser with "Friends of the Brunswick Library" who will be celebrating their 25th Anniversary. We are honored to join hands with them to truly promote literacy - reading and writing.

Tony Horwitz will speak at seven o'clock Tuesday evening at the fabulous Sea Palms Resort. His new book Midnight Rising, has been highly acclaimed as one of his best works yet.

Please join us at this sure to be Breakout Event complete with a Reception, Book-Signing and Silent Auction to begin at 6:00 pm.

Click on the link above for ticket purchase and we'll "See you there!".

Teachers, Students, Writers learn from Famous Authors

studentsWorld renowned published authors like Robert Ludlum's author, Jamie Freveletti, and Savannah College of Art and Design professor, Dr. James Lough, gather together in a cozy setting by the sea on historic St. Simon's Island.

Agnes Scott professor Dr. Christine Cozzens had eveyone's rapt attention as she addressed creative writing instructors from several schools and colleges in the spirit of commaraderie and enlightenment.

College of Coastal Georgia scholarship recipient, Shawntey Rivers, won the "Challenge Prize" and recently enjoyed flying over the golden isles and along the coast, with her guest, in a private airplane, courtesy of Scribblers' and Gnats' Landing.

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Laura Day Speaks in November!

Laura DayNew York Times Bestselling author Laura Day has spent nearly three decades helpingindividuals, organizations, and companies use their innate intuitive abilities to create profound
change. Newsweek Magazine calls her “The $10,000-a-Month Psychic” because “Whenbusiness people need a crystal ball, they turn to consultant Laura Day, the ‘intuitionist’.” The
Independent dubbed her “The Psychic of Wall Street”. “A” List Hollywood Stars and WallStreet executives all praise her abilities to hone in on future predictions with astounding accuracy
including the recent recession.

Laura’s work has helped demystify intuition and bring it into the mainstream, she demonstrateits practical, verifiable uses in the fields of business, science, medicine and personal growth. She
has trained thousands of people to use their brains, perceptions and “sixth sense” in effectiveways to realize their goals. Day is the author of six bestselling books including; Practical
Intuition, Practical Intuition in Love, Practical Intuition in Success, The Circle, Welcome toYour Crisis and her most recent book How to Rule the World from Your Couch which was just
released in paperback.

She has been featured in many publications including; Newsweek, New York Magazine, TheIndependent, Bottom Line, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and People magazines.

Day speaks regularly both here and abroad, and has appeared on numerous shows includingCNN, Fox News, Good Morning America, The View, Extra and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

For more information please visit: www.practicalintuition.com .

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