"Everybody has a Story" Workshop Gives Aspiring Writers
Access to Accomplished Authors & Industry Leaders
Featuring "Writer's Digest" Editor Chuck Sambuchino
FRENCH LICK, Ind. (February 4 , 2011) — Everyone has a story. What's yours? Dust off those journals, gather all your poetry or bring the beginnings of that novel you have always wanted to write; French Lick Resort is hosting "Everybody has a Story" Writers Workshop March 8-10. An eclectic panel of writers from different genres — including non-fiction, fiction, fantasy, playwriting and poetry — will discuss navigating the oft treacherous publishing waters and fine tuning the nuances that mean the difference between a rejection letter and a publishing contract. The workshop and retreat will cater to seasoned writers and hesitant dreamers alike.
Chuck Sambuchino, editor of "Guide to Literary Agents" and "Writers Digest Books," is one of the featured presenters. The accomplished writer and editor will share his expertise in two sessions, Everything You Need to Know about Agents and What Editors Want: Professional Writing Practices.
James Alexander Thom, Indiana's bestselling author, will be joined by his wife Dark Rain and provide insight into researching and writing historic novels. His seven novels have sold more than 2 million copies. "Follow the River," the story of a young Virginia woman captured by and subsequent 1000 mile escape from the Shawnee Indians, is now in its 37th printing and still sells 30,000-40,000 copies a year.
C.S. Marks (Christine Stewart Marks) will serve as the keynote speaker covering The Brave New World of Publishing and share insight into character development in a session entitled The Birth of Gaelen and Nelwyn: Character Development in Fantasy Writing. A relative newcomer to independent publishing, Marks is best known for her trilogy of high fantasy novels ("Elfhunter," "Fire-heart" and "Ravenshade"). The first volume, "Elfhunter," was named Best Fantasy of 2008 in ReaderViews Reviewers' Choice Awards, and the trilogy took top honors for Best Series 2009.
A dynamic group of accomplished writers will round out the program including Matthew Graham, who is an accomplished poet and Director of Creative Writing at the University of Southern Indiana. Award winning poet Rob Griffith, historic novelist James Alexander Thom and Paul Bone, Professor of Writing and Literature at the University of Southern Indiana, will also be in attendance. (Complete bios included below). The agenda will for plenty of networking and will also include author readings.
The Writers Workshop package is available at the French Lick Springs Hotel and includes a two night stay for two people, opening reception, breakfast and dinner on the day of the workshop and more for just $199 a person (based on double occupancy). The mention code for the Writer's Workshop is PWW and can be booked online.
About French Lick Resort
French Lick Resort is a $500 million historic restoration and casino development project that includes the West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick Springs Hotel and the new French Lick Casino. This premier Midwest resort destination features 686 guest rooms and suites; a 51,000-square-foot, single-level casino; 45 holes of golf, including the fully restored 1917-designed Donald Ross Course at French Lick and the new, 18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick; two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms totaling 42,000 square feet; meeting and event space totaling 115,000 square feet and an array of dining and entertainment options.
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Chuck Sambuchino is an editor for "Writer's Digest Books" (an imprint of F+W Media). He is the editor of "Guide to Literary Agents" as well as Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market. He also recently helmed the third edition of "Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript" (a WD trade book). He is the author of the humor book, "How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack" (Ten Speed Press / Random House). Chuck is a former staffer of several newspapers and magazines—most notably Writer's Digest. During his tenure as a newspaper reporter, he won awards from both the Kentucky Press Association and the Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists. During the past decade, more than 600 of his articles have appeared in newspapers, magazines and books.
C.S. Marks (Christine Stewart Marks) has often been described as a "Renaissance woman." The daughter of academic parents, she holds a Ph.D. in Biology and has spent the past two decades teaching Biology and Equine Science. She is currently a professor at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in west central Indiana. C.S. Marks is a relative newcomer to independent publishing, and is best known for her trilogy of high fantasy novels ("Elfhunter," "Fire-heart" and "Ravenshade"). The first volume, "Elfhunter," was named Best Fantasy of 2008 in ReaderViews Reviewers' Choice Awards, and the trilogy took top honors for Best Series 2009. Her books have earned acclaim from a wide range of readers, particularly for depth of character development, compelling storyline, and writing excellence. She is also an illustrator, and has provided cover art and illustrations for all three novels.
Matthew Graham is the Director of Creative Writing, editor of the "Southern Indiana Review", and a professor of English at the University of Southern Indiana. Graham has received degrees from The Johns Hopkins University (M.A.), and the University of Iowa's Writers Workshop (M.F.A.). He has published three collections of poetry: "A World Without End," "1946," and "New World Architecture." Graham is the co-founder and co-director of the RopeWalk Writers Retreat. Graham is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Maryland State Arts Council First Book Award, two literary fellowships from the Indiana Arts Commission, and a fellowship from the Vermont Arts Studio. In 2008 Graham was named Artist of the Year by the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana.
Rob Griffith is the author of the book, "A Matinee in Plato's Cave," winner of the 2009 Best Book of Indiana Award; and his work has appeared in magazines and journals such as "Poetry," "First Things," "River Styx," "The North American Review," "The Sewanee Theological Review," "Prairie Schooner," "The Oxford American" and many others. He is the author of several chapbooks, including "Necessary Alchemy" (Middle Tennessee State University Press, 1999) and "Poisoning Caesar" (Finishing Line Press, 2004). Griffith is also the editor of the poetry journal "Measure" and Co-Director of the University of Evansville Press, which manages the Richard Wilbur Book Award. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Evansville, Indiana.
Paul Bone is the author of "Momentary Vision of the Assistant Meteorologist," which won the 2004 Uccelli Chapbook Prize. His poems, reviews, creative nonfiction, and radio essays have been published in "The Cream City Review," "The Cimarron Review," "The Iron Horse Literary Review," "The Evansville Review," Tupelo Press, Catalyst Books, and National Public Radio. He is the Co-Editor of "Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry" and teaches writing and literature at the University of Evansville.
Bob Hammel, with over 40 years of newspaper experience, is the author or co-author of 11 books, many of them related to Indiana University basketball. His latest book is "The Bill Cook Story: Ready, Fire, Aim" (Indiana University Press, 2008). Prior to that, co-authored Bob Knight's autobiography "KNIGHT: My Story" (2002, four weeks in non-fiction Top 5 on New York Times best-seller list).
James Alexander Thom is Indiana's bestselling author. His seven novels have sold more than 2 million copies. "Follow the River," the story of a young Virginia woman captured by and subsequent 1000 mile escape from the Shawnee Indians, is now in its 37th printing and still sells 30,000-40,000 copies a year. James Alexander Thom lives with his wife, Dark Rain, a Shawnee in a 130-year-old cabin he moved and reconstructed. Dark Rain is the author of "The Shawnee: Kohkumthena's Grandchildren." Six of his historical novels have been selected to be included in Random House's Electronic Book (ebook) publishing program.