One of our highlights every year is when we gather together to celebrate the Christmas Holiday and to reflect on the year that has passed. Also every year we receive a special plaque commemorating another year that we have been together as a group. This year twenty-seven individuals gathered together for the celebration. It was a wonderful time of exchanging our white elephant gifts, and eating wonderful food. Here are the pictures from that gathering, at “The Village Corner Restaurant “ on Tuesday December 20, 2022.
Julie will be presenting and selling her books at these upcoming events. If you are in the area, stop by and support her efforts!
Sat & Sun, February 4th & 5th
Chickamauga Civil War Show in Dalton, GA
Saturday, February 11th
(Tentative - Book Signing 1pm to 3pm)
Liberty Book Store in Lawrenceville, GA (https://www.facebook.com/Libertybookslawrenceville)
Sat & Sun, February 25th & 26th
Living History Festival-Battle of Aiken in SC
Book on display at Women's retreat in Winder, GA (https://www.hoschtonunitedmethodist.org)
Pauline D'Alvigny Campbell - Civil War Nurse
In Bird and Song - God Speaks
As many of you know Donna Barron is the author of “The Man Who Carved Stone Mountain” which is biography of her father who was the chief stone carver for the monument at Stone Mountain (the worlds largest exposed granite rock.) The mountain served to provide the steps
to the Lincoln memorial in Washington DC – a mere scratch on this massive piece of granite, and has served a memorial to the Civil War. It has become a memorial involved in controversy as some attempt to erase any memory of the past. Donna will be presenting the story of her father’s work related to the carving of the monument.
Donna’s events for the upcoming months:
Scribblers Christian Writers Group met on December 16, 2021 at the Village Center German Restaurant at Stone Mountain
The Southeast Homeschool Expo focuses on educational products and services, books, family structure material, game creation, movie making, web design training services and much more.
Scribblers attended and shared in the fun, encouraging new authors, and giving away books!
April 24th, 2021 – Antebellum Festival in Dublin/showings of Gone with the Wind each night starting
April 19th, 2021 and special showing Saturday, April 24th
May 1st, 2021 - Hoschton Spring Festival – one day 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (attached flyer)
June 5th, 2021 – teaming up with Donna Barron for Georgia SCV Reunion in Macon
September 18-19th Art in the Park, Hurricane Shoals - booth with Donna Barron
October 14th – speaking at a local SCV Camp in Augusta GA There is a flyer attached related to one of the events.
We are proud to announce the events and appearances of our Scribblers!
August 27th – Julie and Rick did Zoom Presentation for Lyman Hall Chapter S.A.R.
September 3rd – Live Interview with Julie and Rick Clarke at 7:30 pm with Vickie at https://www.facebook.com/SouthernPenBookshop/
September 19-20th - Donna Barron and Julie Clarke will have booth at Civil War Re-enactment in Gallant, AL “Raid on Little Generals Farm” at Haessly Farms
Claire Hertzler talks “The High Sheriff of Greene,” with Harbor Club Book Clubs, combined meeting, March 5, 2020, Lake Oconee, Greensboro, GA. These folks were eager to read and learn about the history that happened all around them. Hertzler found it fun to interact with such an enthusiastic group.
Mary at her book Signing at Tall Tales Book Store, Saturday, February 8.
(Seated is Mary Renshaw and other Scribblers: Claire Underwood, Mike and Leda Owens)
Scribblers Christian Writers Group Christmas 2019
December 20, 2019
The Crossings Restaurant, Main Street Norcross Georgia
The Scribblers Christian Writers Group held its third Annual Christmas celebration at the Crossings Restaurant in Norcross Georgia on Friday December 20, 2019. Present were fourteen Scribbler members with another twelve family members and friends attending. Mike and Leda Owens, two Scribbler members, served as our visiting Santa and Mrs. Claus and helped in our celebration. Each Scribbler received an embroidered plaque as a reminder of the Christmas 2019 event. Great food, friendship, and fellowship occurred, as we remembered all the blessing of the year, and looked forward to 2020.
Alternate Arts: Do you prefer Portia, P. K., or Dr. Wayne?
Portia: I don’t have a preference. It’s kind of awkward to be called Doctor when I’m not in a professional setting. I think it’s easier for kids to call me P. K. So when I do storytelling or anything with younger audiences I definitely go by P. K.
Alternate Arts: When did you know you had an interest in writing?
Portia: I have always enjoyed writing. Even as a young girl, I would enter into writing and oratorical competitions. I wrote in college for the Spelman Spotlight. After I graduated, I wrote a lot of poetry. And then it was when I was studying for my degree and spending time with my little ones that I began writing stories and actually publishing my books.
Alternate Arts: What’s your earliest writing experience?
Portia: Wow. I can remember in the second grade I had a horrible experience. I ended up having an accident at school and all of the other kids in my class called me Portia the Pee Pee Princess. I remember going home and being totally embarrassed. After that, I started making stories with Portia the Pee Pee Princess as the main character. She would go have all types of embarrassing debacles. But it was fun. I think it was my way of releasing whatever it was I feeling. At that time, especially, I didn’t think that I fit in. So writing was a way for me to express my feelings without having to talk to others.
Alternate Arts: What’s the first thing you remember reading?
Portia: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. My mom was very big on reading. I guess that’s why I am such a stickler about reading now. But yeah, I remember being in the first grade and my mom making me read Maya Angelou’s book. I was like five years old with this intense chapter book. Of course, I read picture books before then but that is the first book I can really remember reading...
Q1. Tell me about your self what are your favorite books to read?
A. I am an avid reader and enjoy being a mom. I have three little ones. I love to read mystery and suspense books. Political dramas are awesome. Millicent Hodge is my favorite author.
Q2. When did you decide you where going to write a book?
A. My first book was written kind of haphazardly. I wrote a book for my daughter and a friend illustrated it. We loved it so much I decided to publish it.
Q3. How did you come up with name of your books?
A. My books were all titled before writing one word. A Bad Hair Day was based on a little girl that does not want to get her hair done. When I was young these were horrible so I called it A Bad Hair Day.
Q4. What are you working on for 2019?
A. November is NANO month so I will be writing the sequel to my novel Strings Attached. Also, I’m working on a young readers chapter book. Wish me luck...
Hoschton Fall Festival featured a display of the products such as array of food vendors, craft/info/game vendors, parade, parade waiver, scarecrow 5K run and much more.
Thanks to those who came out!
Thank you to Gwinnett County Public Library for this workshop dedicated to aspiring authors/writers, illustrators (new or aspiring), and new authors/writers. We gained insight from international author and speaker, Rhonda Knight, and our established panelists (three authors and an illustrator). Enjoy a Q&A with the panelists, interactive activities, and plenty of fun.
This workshop took place on Saturday, September 21 at 1:00 pm at the Five Forks Branch, 2780 Five Forks Trickum Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30044.
Donna Barron, Julie Clarke Mike and Leda Owens were at Art in the Park 2019:
September 21st & 22nd
Thank you to all who came out to support!
Join us on Saturday, September 21st for our next edition of our popular HEY! Let's Read! Book Festival for Children of Color. A day full of independent authors, dj, food trucks, and giveaways!
Time & Location:
Sep 21, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Oasis Atlanta, 3462 Delmar Ln NW, Atlanta, GA 30331, USA
Click HERE for more info and vendor registration if you are interested in attending.
Watch and listen to the interview below.
September 14th 21st
Gwinnett County Fair – Books for sale in SCV Camp 96 Booth 5pm-11pm https://www.gwinnettcountyfair.com/
Art in the Park at Hurricane Shoals, Maysville Georgia– Book signing at booth in Arts section from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and 12:30 to 5:30 pm on Sunday - https://www.hurricaneshoalspark.org/art-in-the-park
Oakland cemetery Sunday in the Park– Book signing at D’Alvigny gravesite from Noon to 6pm https://oaklandcemetery.com/event/sunday-in-the-park-2019/
Presentation/book signing for Jonesboro UDC -11am
Presentation/book signing at SCV Cassville – 7pm
Scribbler’s event at Hoschton United Methodist church at Fall Festival 9am to 3pm includes car show and food – in vicinity of Hoschton Fall Festival
Presentation/book signing for Cumming SCV Camp – 7pm
Book signing at town of Andersonville, Georgia - TBD
14 Authors represented Scribblers at the Decatur Book Festival held on Saturday August 31st, and Sunday September 1st.
The weather was beautiful, and as a group we sold 108 books. Three authors made money with Portia Wayne being our big seller with her "Dinosaurs in Decatur" being the top seller. This was followed closely by Mike Owens with his " I Hate Vegetables" poetry book taking second place.. Of the 14 authors, only one had no sales, everyone else had sales. We will be reviewing the show at each of the upcoming meetings. We will be reviewing improvements that can/should be made for next years show. All four of our chapters were represented at the show.
History of the AJC Decatur Book Festival
In February 2005, while driving back from the South Carolina Book Festival with a friend, Daren Wang wondered aloud: Why could Columbia sustain a successful festival while metropolitan Atlanta could not?
Atlanta is well known for its many festivals: Dogwood, Music Midtown, The Inman Park Neighborhood Festival, and Virginia Highland Summer fest, just to name a few. These events shape the summer landscape of Atlanta. But despite several earlier attempts, there still was no free festival celebrating the written word.
Over the course of that drive from Columbia, Wang hatched a plan to establish a book festival modeled after the overwhelmingly successful Decatur Arts Festival. Decatur, a small town five miles east of Atlanta, is one of the most pedestrian-friendly towns in Georgia, with a strong emphasis on smart growth and independent restaurants and stores. With a MARTA station in the city center, Agnes Scott College forming its Southern border, and Emory University just two miles away, it seemed to be the perfect place for a big book party.
Soon, Wang had enlisted Tom Bell––who had worked with him on both his literary magazine, Verb, and his syndicated public radio series, The Spoken Word––to concoct a new hare-brained scheme, The Decatur Book Festival.
For more information go to www.decaturbookfestival.com