Friday, July 13, 2012

Write Now: Writing in Place

I am going to a writer's conference this weekend offered by the Hub City Writers Project. The faculty includes Ruta Septys, George Singleton, Anna Jean Mayhew, Ray McManus and Joni Tevis.

My professor, Susan Tekulve from Converse will also be teaching a workshop. She just won the SC First Novel Prize and her book will be published by Hub City Press next year.

We are so fortunate here in Spartanburg, SC to have such wonderful opportunities through the Hub City Writers Project.

I am looking forward to meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends.

If you can't make it to the conference. The keynote speaker, Ruta Septys will also be at the Spartanburg County Public Library on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Septys is a novel about 15 year-old Linia, who is a typical Lithuanian girl in 1941. She is preparing for art school until the Soviet police barge into the family home and deport them to a Siberian work camp. She secretly documents the experience with her artistic talents. The family is separated from the father. Food and water are scarce. Linia and her mother and brother are forced to work hard and endure horrific conditions, but there are moments when the prison cannot contain their spirit. Will their love and hope survive?

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