Update: We’ve made a few changes to the authors event on Saturday, August 9.

First, Ann Hite, author of 2012 GAYA winner and Townsend Finalist for Ghost on Black Mountain, will host a writers workshop. Do Your Characters Have a Pulse? will be a hands-on workshop (so don’t forget a pen and paper!) that will teach attendees how to make their characters stand off the page and draw the agent’s attention.

Second, the event will be held during normal workshop times, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

After the writers workshop, a group of the award recipients from this year’s Georgia Author of the Year Awards will be joining us at the KSU Center to sell and sign their books!

This event is $10.00 for nonmembers and FREE to members. (Click here to receive the discount code.) If you are interested in becoming a member, please click here for more information. Click here to register for this exciting event! Here are the GAYA authors you will meet on Saturday, August 9!

Elledge, Jim_Henry Darger, Throwaway Boy_HeadshotJim Elledge, the Biography Winner for Henry Darger, Throwaway Boy: The Tragic Life of an Outsider Artist

Jim Elledge’s Henry Darger, Throwaway Boy: The Tragic Life of an Outsider Artist was published by Overlook Press. H, a collection of prose poems, was issued by Lethe Press and A History of My Tattoo: A Poem won a Lambda Literary Award and a Georgia Writer of the Year Award—both in poetry—in 2006. With David Groff, he edited Who’s Yer Daddy? Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners. He lives in Atlanta.

Wilcox, Victoria_Inheritance_HeadshotVictoria Wilcox, the First Novel Winner for her book Inheritance (Book One)

Victoria Wilcox is founding director of Georgia’s Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House Museum, the antebellum home of the family of Doc Holliday. Her work with the house led to eighteen years of original research and inspired her novel trilogy, Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday. Inheritance, the first book in the Southern Son saga, was released by Knox Robinson Publishing in May 2013. Wilcox lives in Peachtree City.

Drennon Little, Elaine_Southern Place_Head ShotElaine Drennon Little, the First Novel Finalist for A Southern Place

Elaine Drennon Little spent more than thirty years as a piano teacher, lounge musician, and public school music educator before retiring to the life of a writer. She has written for journals and magazines about music education. Earning a 2010 MFA from Spalding University as a middle-age gift to herself, she currently lives in North Georgia with hundreds of books and her three-legged cat, Ahab.

Cox, Charles_Ravenwood Trade_Head ShotCharles Cox, a First Novel Semi-Finalist for The Ravenwood Trade

Charles Cox is a retired United Methodist minister with more than fifty years in the ministry. He holds a BA and a M.Div. from Emory University. Charles was born in Eastman, Georgia and grew up in the little community of Gresston, eight miles north of Eastman. He and his wife, Carol, now live in Midland, Georgia near Columbus. They have two children and four grandchildren.

Rawlings, William_Killing on Ring Jaw Bluff_Head ShotWilliam Rawlings, History Finalist for A Killing on Ring Jaw Bluff: The Great Recession and the Death of Small Town Georgia

William Rawlings was born, raised, and still lives on the family farm in Sandersville, Georgia. A practicing physician, he is the author of five novels set in the rural South. His fascination in the convoluted history of the state’s small towns led to his exploration of the infamous Rawlings-Tarbutton murder of 1925, which resulted in this book.

Ezzard, Martha_The Second Bud_Head ShotMartha M. Ezzard, Memoir/Autobiography Winner for The Second Bud: Deserting the City for a Farm Winery

Martha M. Ezzard is a lawyer, an award-winning writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and a farm winery owner. She’s always been a passionate lover of the outdoors. The Ezzards raised their family in Colorado where she was a press aide to the governor and served in the state Senate while practicing law. A native of Atlanta, Ezzard has returned to her Georgia roots and her husband’s family farm.

Henderson, Michael_My Genealogical Journey_Head ShotMichael N. Henderson, Memoir/Autobiography Finalist for Got Proof! My Genealogical Journey Through the Use of Documentation

Michael N. Henderson, Lt. Commander, U.S. Navy retired, began his genealogy journey almost 30 years ago. Among his discoveries was the 31-year relationship between a free woman of color and a French national who served in the American Revolution. In 2010, Henderson became the first African American in Georgia inducted into the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution. His research has been displayed in exhibits nationwide and has won acclaim by genealogy societies.

Wood, Robert_The Awkward Poses of Others_HeadshotRobert E. Wood, Poetry Winner for The Awkward Poses of Others

Robert E. Wood teaches at Georgia Tech and received a PhD at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Some Necessary Questions of the Play, a study of Hamlet. His poetry has appeared in Southern Humanities Review, South Carolina Review, Quiddity, Blue Fifth Review, NDQ, Poets and Artists, and Prairie Schooner. His chapbooks, Gorizia Notebook and Sleight of Hand, were published by Finishing Line Press and WordTech published his poetry collection, The Awkward Poses of Others.

McFerren, Jody_FundaMENUS_Head ShotJody Robert McFerren, Inspirational-Secular Semi-Finalist for FundaMENUS

Jody McFerren is a writer, author and cook living in Atlanta. FundaMENUS is a how-to cookbook that provides step-by-step instructions on preparing elegant and budget-friendly dinner parties and elaborate buffets for up to fifty guests! FundaMENUS contains nearly 100 original recipes and Jody has been featured in dozens of publications showcasing this affordable approach to entertaining, including live cooking segments on Your Carolina with Jack & Kimberly and most recently, Atlanta & Company.

Hawke, JessicaJessica Hawke, Young Adult Finalist for Phantom Touch

Jessica Hawke’s debut novel Phantom Touch was published by Crescent Moon Press. She loves writing for young adults because of the endless potential and imagination of teenagers. She currently resides in Augusta, Georgia, where she is a middle school teacher and freelance musician.

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