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2022 HNN Author Programs/HNN Writers Meetings & Workshops 

HOMETOWN NOVEL NIGHTS AUTHOR PANELS

Note: Each HNWA author program will have a moderator with up to four (4) authors on the panel and be simulcast and/or video recorded.

Corner Arts Gallery (CAG) is the designated bookseller at the Newnan Carnegie (NCL) events. Pretty Good Books (PGB) will handle book sales at their hosted events. Authors can handle their own book sales at Coweta Force (CFB), Sharpsburg City Library (SCL) or Sharpsburg Community Center (SCC) hosted events, unless specified otherwise.

If you attend any event, as an HNWA writer, please volunteer to lend a hand behind the scenes at the events. Remember, HNWA depends on “Writers helping Writers.”

Donna Black is coordinating our HNWA email program.Help her grow our email list by forwarding names and email addresses of new and potential writers interested in taking part to hometownovel@hotmail.com. Also, encourage the HNWA audience members to register for the door prize drawings at each event. Building our email list of writers and readers helps HNWA grow in each reach to fulfill its mission.

HOMETOWN NOVEL NIGHT SCHEDULE OF PROGRAMS:

January 20 (NCL) – New Year, New Voices, New Stories—C. Matthew Smith, Kathy Nichols, Clay Bryant Sr.; Scott Ludwig, Moderator 

March 17 (NCL) – Golden Georgia Authors — Rona Simmons, Terri Gillespie, Lisa Weldon, Alayne Smith – Scott Ludwig, Moderator

April 9 (PGB) – Mystery, Murder, Mayhem – Clay Bryant Sr., Michael Nemeth, C. Matthew Smith, Angela McRae; Mike Brown, Moderator

April 30 (SCL) – Author Round Table at the Library (Four Authors) – Sharon Marchisello, Danielle Thorne, Pat Cruzan, Blue Cole and T. M. Brown, moderator

May 19 (NCL) – Budding Georgia Writers — Lauren Maguire, Robert Gwaltney, avid Dupree, Megan Wargula; Scott Ludwig, Moderator

June 3-5 (Downtown Newnan) – Southern LitFest 2022! Joe McNabb, Susie Berta, Matt Smith, Danielle Thorne, Lee St. John, and Lawrence Reed made up the Hometown Author Panel, Friday, June 3rd at the Newnan Train Depot

June 11 (PGB) – Stories for Young Hearts & MindsJudy Gilliam, Elyse Wheeler, Robin Adams, and Ann Rhodes (Moderator)

June 16 (CFB) – Inspirational Stories—Tim Riordan, Scott Ness, Karen Ketcham; Scott Ludwig, moderator

June 25 (SCL) – HNN Book Talk — Scott Ludwig, Angie Gallion

July 21 (CAG) – Hot Summer Stories — Lynn Hesse, Susie Berta, Danielle Thorne, Alex McRae; Scott Ludwig, moderator.

August 18 (CFB) — Home Grown Stories—Blue Colle, Mark Wallace Maguire, Birdie Rivers (Brittany Lambert); Scott Ludwig, moderator.

August 27 (SCL-CC) — Sharpsburg Book Festival — Proceeds go to fund High School Student Atlanta Writer’s Conference Scholarships for selected students and to support Coweta FERST Readers. Over 40 indoor and outdoor author spaces.

September  15 (CAG)Stories of the South — Elizabeth Springer, Anne Lovett, Larry Reed, Pam Avery; Scott Ludwig, moderator.

October 8 (PGB) — Rising Georgia Authors — Brittany Rivers (Brittany Lambert), Cynthia “C. L.” Tolbert, Mark Wallace Maguire, Elyse Wheeler; T. M. Brown, moderator.

October 20 (CFB) — Writing Beyond Books — Damon Poirer, Toby Nix, Scott Ludwig; T. M. Brown, moderator.

November 17 (CAG) — Southern Holiday Stories — Angie Gallion, Jacqueline Leigh, Anne Armistead, T. M. Brown; Scott Ludwig, moderator.

December 8 — HNWA Christmas Party @ Rogers BBQ Banquet Hall

OTHER HNN AUTHOR BOOK SIGNING VENUES AND OPPORTUNITIES

Corner Arts Gallery’s Georgia Author Book Nook Contact Jenny Jones or Mike Brown for details. This is a 35/65% Consignment opportunity for all authors.

CAG Author Hosted Events (Main Street Newnan Event Schedule and Market Day Saturdays).

March 25, Friday evening, 5-9 PM—Newnan Spring Art Walk (4-6 authors)

April 2, 10AM-2PM —Newnan Market Day, Sidewalk Book Sale (1-2 authors) – Also, May 7, July 2, August 6, September 3 (Labor Day Weekend), October 1, November 5, December 3

April 23, Noon-6PM— Rock n Road Downtown Newnan (1-2 authors)

June 17, 5-9 PM—Newnan Summer Wined Up (2-3 authors)

September 5, 11-5 PM—Labor Day (3-4 authors)

September 23, 5-9 PM—Newnan Fall Art Walk (4-6 authors)

October 7, 5-9 PM—Newnan Octoberfest (2-4 authors)

October 22, 2-7 PM—Spirits & Spice Festival (2-4 authors)

November 18, 5-9 PM—Newnan Sip n See (2-4 authors)

Warm Springs Cellars – contact Sonya Adams to schedule a book event.

Pretty Good Books, Lagrange – Local Georgia authors encouraged to add their books to their shelves. Speak to Josh Rigsby for details and for scheduling a book signing. 

Book Love, Senoia Theresa Decker is the owner. She seeks authors suitable for her store’s clientele for book signings to build her audience.

April 15, Fayette Humane Society Charity Golf Tourney Hole Sponsorship to promote HNN Writers & Author Programs. (Need bookmarks, donation of books, and flyers by April 2) Sharon Marchisello, Event Coordinator 

HNN WRITERS GROUPS, MEETINGS, WORKSHOPS

HNWA Writer’s Critique Groups:

2nd Monday, each month. 6:30-8:00 PM (Virtual) – hosted by Donna Black & Angela McRae (submit deadline for manuscripts – max 10 pages doc.x format 1st of each month)

HNWA Meetings: Sharpsburg City Library- 11:00 AM -12:30 PM—March 26; May 28; July 30.  Meetings are open to all current and prospective writers. Agenda will discuss HNWA activities, programs, along with monthly writing topics and guest presenters.

Beginning September 12th, HNWA WRITERS IN-PERSON GROUP at Corner Arts Gallery, every Monday evening, 6:30 PM-8:00 PM. Evaluating ongoing writing projects, discuss topics with a rotation of writers presenting each week. Host, T. M. Brown. Free to HNWA patrons, $20.00 for all others.

HNWA Quarterly Writers’ Workshops:

February 12 (NCV): Authorpreneurship: Marketing and Promotion Tips for Aspiring Authors by T. M. Brown; Angela Durden; Donna Black, Moderator

May 14 (NCV): Tips on Writing Memoirs by Lisa Weldon. Sharon Marchisello, Moderator

August 13 (SINCV): Marketing with Confidence by Chellie Woodham Phillips, co-hosted by SINC ATLANTA; Sharon Marchisello, Moderator

November 12 (in-Person): Authorpreneurship II, T. M. Brown with Susan Crawford. Watch for details.

2022-2023 HNWA Board: Mike Brown, Scott Ludwig, Sharon Marchisello, Donna Black, Ann Rhodes, Matt Smith, Richard Proctor, and Angela McRae.

HNWA Website Update: HometownNovel.com is up and running. The website could use some talented tweaking to make it informative, useful, and inviting. If you or someone you know is interested in assisting with the website, please let Mike Brown or Richard Proctor know.

Ann Rhodes is coordinating the main HNWA FACEBOOK PAGE & Sharon Marchisello is coordinating the HNWA FACEBOOK WRITERS GROUP and INSTAGRAM HOMETOWNNOVEL ACCOUNTS. If you would like to assist them, please contact Ann or Sharon.