We have four workshops planned for the 2019 DLF.  We hope you will attend and find them useful:


“Poetry: Write It In Verse”

TIME:  10:15 – 11:15 a.m.      ROOM:  Church Library



BILL WALSH will be conducting our Poetry Workshop.

Bill Walsh is the director of the Etowah Valey Writing Program at Reinhardt University in Waleska Georgia and a southern narrative poet in the tradition of James Dickey, David Bottoms, and Fred Chappell.

In 2017, he won the Cervana Barva poetry prize and the Červená Barva Press has published his winning manuscript, “Fly Fishing in Times Square.” “I am grateful and humbled by this award because I know how difficult it is to win,” Walsh said. “Any of the five finalists could have won. However, winning validates all the hard work and sacrifice we make as artists.” His work has appeared in several other publications.

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“Memoir Writing: Writing a Legacy”

TIME:  11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.      ROOM:  Church Library



CAROL CRAWFORD will be conducting our Memoir Workshop.

Crawford has been teaching writing and helping writers meet their goals for over twenty years. Her mission is not to change your writing, but to make it the best it can be. She has been published in a variety of journals and reviews including the “Southern Humanities Review”, the “Concho River Review,” the “Journal of Kentucky Studies”, and others.

She graduated from Baylor University as a journalism and English major and has worked in public relations, adult education, and non profit agencies, helping them produce newsletters and other communication tools to get their message to the public.

Since its inception in 1996, she has served as Program Coordinator for the annual Blue Ridge (GA) Writers’ Conference and she teaches writing courses at the John Campbell Folk School.

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“Publishing: Promoting Your Writing”

TIME:  2:00 – 3:00 p.m.    ROOM:  Church Library



VICTORIA COMELLA will be conduction our “Publishing: Promoting Your Writing” workshop.

Comella worked in book publishing in New York for over ten years, including time at Penguin Group’s G.P. Putnam’s Sons and Riverhead Books, and at HarperCollins Publishers. She successfully developed and oversaw multi-platform publicity and marketing strategies that solidify brand images and result in high sales volume.

Authors she worked with include: Daniel Silva, Ken Follett, Sue Grafton, Patricia Cornwell, Khaled Hosseini, Nick Hornby, Sarah Vowell, Julie Klam, Kim Severson, and Plum Sykes. Celebrity personalities, politicians, and thought leaders she’s worked with include Goldie Hawn, Senator Harry Reid, Secretary James A. Baker III, Dave Asprey , Trish McEvoy, David A. Kessler, Jonathan Rose, Amelia Freer, Scott McGillivray, Donna Hay, Chuck Hughes and Andrea Martin.

Comella’s own work has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Longreads, Salon, Slate, Bustle, Medium, LitHub, Huffington Post, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn to name a few. Currently, she handles Media Relations for Emory University and teaches at the Decatur (GA) Writers Studio.

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“Screenwriting:  Writing For The Screen”

TIME:  3:15 – 4:15 p.m.    ROOM:  Church Library



MIKE BUCHANAN will be conducting our Screenwriting Workshop.

Author and screenwriter Michael Buchanan, was first an educator. He tuaghtg high school and college math for thirty-one years, and was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2000.

In 2010, he co-authored (with Diane Lang), The Fat Boy Chronicles, which won the 2010 Mom’s Choice Gold Award, National Parenting Publications Gold Award for Teens, and NY Champions of Character Award. The writing team also wrote the screenplay for the feature film adapted from the book. Schools use this book nationally, and millions around the world have seen the movie. Michael co-authored the books Under the Gumbo Limbo Tree and Stealing First – The Teddy Kremer Story. He was the screenwriter for acclaimed shorts Last Bullet and Boxes, and writer for the feature documentaries Spiral Bound and Unplugged.

Among many other acclaims, he has been a speaker at state and national conferences for teachers and is often a film festival judge. He teaches screenwriting classes and give talks around the nation on writing and continues to work new novels and screenplays.

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