Friday, February 18, 2011

Terry Kay Offers 'Voice' Workshop

The use of voice in creative writing is the subject of a special workshop to be offered by novelist Terry Kay on March 26 at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) in Watkinsville.

A member of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame and author of such best-selling novels as To Dance with the White Dog, Kay will share with beginning and established writers his experience in identifying, and refining, the "voice" of stories.

"The understanding of voice is perhaps the most difficult aspect of writing, especially in fiction," explained Kay, "because it doesn't really have a single, generally accepted definition. Ask any writer and he, or she, will give you a pretty good opinion of what voice means to him, or to her, yet you will realize that it's more speculation than explanation."

Kay's workshop will include a six-hour session, running from 9 a.m. to noon, and 1:00 to 4 p.m. A no-cost follow-up session will be conducted at a date and place to be determined. Cost for the workshop will be $50.00 for OCAF members and $60.00 for non-members. Attendance will be limited.

"I've long wanted to fashion a workshop on the topic of voice," added Kay. "Concentration will be on the role of the writer, the character, and the reader in creating the aura that is the essence of voice. We'll spend a lot of time on the importance of rhythm and dialogue."

Kay is the author of 10 published novels, a collection of essays, and a children's book. His newest novel, “Bogmeadow’s Wish”, is scheduled for publication in March. Kay has previously conducted workshops in creative writing and screenwriting for OCAF. For a complete review of personal and professional history, Kay's website is: For additional information on this workshop and to register contact OCAF at (706) 769-4565, or visit the website
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Borders isn't going away

Sadly, due to a combination of factors, Borders is going through Chapter 11. I've always liked Borders, even though there isn't one near my home or business. When I worked downtown I was a regular shopper.

I can understand why bookstores are struggling.

I went into Barnes & Noble a few years back to try and find a book. They were out, but said they could order it for me, they'd call and let me know when it was in and I could trek back down there and pick it up. OR, I could go on-line, order, get a discount, get free shipping and it would be delivered to my door a few days later. Well, gee, guess what I started doing on a regular basis? Ordering on-line of course.

I'm not into Kindle, eBooks and all the electronic readers. I like reading in odd places where electronic stuff just doesn't work. Anyone else have their shower setting set so they can read while showering? When taking a bath the idea of possibly dropping a Kindle into the water isn't relaxing. Standing over the stove cooking while holding a tablet reader doesn't work sometimes either.

I have nothing in the world against all the computerized stuff, I'm a semi-geek and love new technology (even when I don't know the correct terminology). But books are a tactile, touching, experience that I doubt I'll ever be able to give up.

I get my news via computer though. Sorry, newspapers.

I do hate to see Borders going through the reorganization, but am glad they'll still be around. They're not going anywhere. You can still buy on-line, stores are still open (although expect staff to be a little nervous about whether their store and jobs will survive).

To me, Chapter 11 is just a legal way to dump debt, cut staff, ditch buildings. It probably means that the stock holders will get stiffed, too. I owned K-Mart stock when they went through a similar process. Lost it all. Then they came back and didn't do anything for the stock holders. Perfectly legal, they sluffed off all the old, had no obligation, but I haven't walked into a K-Mart since it happened. I'd imagine Borders stock holders, assuming there is such a creature, will not be happy with them, but chances are they figured it was coming if they kept up.

So, shop on at Borders. They're saying all is normal for those of us out here in book-buying land. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to find that Borders is the first in a long row of bookstore dominoes.