Saturday, September 20, 2014

Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence Homer Hickam Chose My Excerpt!

I received fantastic news today. The excerpt from "The Sugar Blues" that I submitted to Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence Homer Hickam was chosen! I will read my excerpt in the Master Class Thursday, September 25th, at Shepherd University.

This is the biggest honor I've received for my writing so far. I am on Cloud Nine! ~ Ginger

Pertinent portions of the email:

2014 Writers Master Class with Homer Hickam
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 3:00-4:30 p.m., Byrd Legislative Center

The audience is invited to participate, as copies of Master Class finalists’ submissions are provided, and all are asked to share their thoughts as we undertake a conversation about good writing, both fiction and poetry.  

After each writer is introduced, s/he will come to stage left to the podium and introduce the piece to be read ... Writers will remain on the stage to answer questions and to respond to Homer Hickam, winner of the WV Humanities Council’s Appalachian Heritage Writer’s Award and Shepherd University’s 2013 Writer-in-Residence; to Dr. Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt, Anthology of Appalachian Writers Managing Editor; to Natalie Sypolt, past winner of the WV Fiction Competition, published fiction writer, writing instructor, and anthology editor; or to the audience...  

Again this year, at your request, we will select only 6-8 readers, hoping that the others will submit their work to the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Homer Hickam Volume VII; however we want to be clear that many fine works were submitted to the master class, making the selection process extremely difficult, as we attempt to connect local writers with the Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence and hold a useful conversation about good writing. Thanks to everyone who submitted...

1)      Ginger Hamilton reading  The Sugar Blues
2)      Jessica L. Hall reading All and Nothing
3)      Jessica Salfia reading The Coal Madonna
4)      Terry W. McNemar reading Last Chestnut
5)      Melissa Howley reading The Worth of Water
6)      Zach Davis reading When He Calls You
7)      Kristin Doherty reading What Happened to Joanie
8)      Jim  Koenig reading The Turn

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