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Writing Contest

Southern Breeze's 2017 Writers' Contest is accepting submissions throughout the month of June. Categories are Illustrated Texts/Nonfiction judged by agent Karen Grencik, MG novels judged by agent Jon Cusick, and YA novels judged by author Jacquelyn Mitchard. Details and submission guidelines can by found here:

Happy writing and best of luck!

Writing Tips

Writing Tips from Ann Garvin, author of I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around

Begin at a pivotal moment

Add an unusual situation.

Add an intriguing character


Add an antagonist

Change emotion

Irony and surprise

Make People Wonder

Dread Factor

Keep narrative voice compelling

WIK ’16, Light Your Imagination

Come join the fun. More to come on who’s speaking, who’s leading and who’s teaching. keynote: Bruce Coville: Ripples in the Pond: Why What We Do Matters


WOW 2016 Highlights

Auburn Avenue Reopening

Southwest Library Grand Opening

Southwest is the last of the promised eight libraries to open in Fulton County as a part of the Library Facility Master Plan proposed by the Library Board of Trustees and approved by voters in 2008. Costing close to $167 million to complete, the plan also calls for the renovation of the Auburn Avenue Research Library in African American Studies and a 10,000 sq. ft. addition to the South Fulton Library, with costs overruns of $10 million or more on the latter branch.

Spring Mingle 2016

Miles of Smiles at Spring Mingle 2016

Lots of smiling faces at the 2016 Spring  Mingle for Writers and Illustrators.

Talent on hand included agents Tracey Adams from Adams Literary, Sally Apokedak from the  Leslie H. Stobbe Agency. Stephanie Fretwell-Hill from Red Fox Literary and Peachtree Publishing editors Kathy Landwehr and Nicki Carmack along with art director Nicki Carmack.

Art Director Laurent Linn from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, and Stacey Barney from Penguin/G. P. Putnam’s Sons were also a part of the faculty.

Guess Who?

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Guess who I got to interview and host during a Writers’ Intensive? Nice guy. So pleased that he won the Newbery Award this year.

Writing & Illustrating for Kids Fall Conference

From botton left: Artistrator E. B. Lewis, editors Adah Nuchi & Kaylan Adair, writing coach and author Harold Underdown and agent Rubin Pfeffer.       © Stephanie Moody 2011