October – No Monthly Program

Come join us at the Moonlight & Magnolias conference, September 28 – October 1!

Registrants: If you’re interested in getting professional headshots taken, we have great news!

Fox Gradin of Celestial Studios is back again this year. If you’re looking to do some fabulous author shots, shoot her an email at fox@celestialphotography.com.

Photo Shoot will be $100
Make up and hair $55

September 16 – Deeanne Gist

Less is More: Real Time Tightening of Manuscript Pages Taken from the Audience

Cranking up the pace of your manuscript could be as simple as gleaning and threshing excess words from your work, rearranging a paragraph here and there, or cutting out entire sections. Watch as international bestselling, RITA award winning author Deeanne Gist edits manuscript pages in real time from attendees’ anonymous submissions, then discuss and compare together to decide if the edits/omissions helped or hurt—and why.

DISCLAIMER: Not for the faint-hearted. Deeanne won’t be mean, but in order for the session to be effective, she will be thorough. Only submit your work if you are willing to have it shown on the screen during the workshop in front of everyone where Deeanne will be respectful, but completely honest, about what needs to be done (in her professional opinion). No names will be used. Release forms will be required for all who submit.



With over a million copies sold, international bestselling, award-winning author Deeanne Gist has rocketed up bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere with her original, captivating historicals. Her latest release, Tiffany Girl, was touted as a “Must Year of the Year!” by USA Today and one of the Top 10 Most Anticipated Books of 2015 by Huffington Post.

Published by Simon & Schuster, Deeanne’s awards include a RITA, USA Book News Best, National Readers’ Choice, Best Historical of the Year (by RT Reviewers), Librarians’ Choice, Book Buyers’ Best, the Maggie, Golden Quill, Books*A*Million Pick of the Month, Seal of Excellent and Award of Excellence.

Her most recent series takes readers into the heart of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, where USA Today says …

“The historical details are absorbing, never intrusive and always eye-opening … The characterization is rich and authentic … The narrative is a treat, the tempo impeccable.”

Deeanne lives in South Carolina with her husband. When not writing, she enjoys keeping up with her readers via www.IWantHerBook.com and her online community on her blog, on Facebook, Pinterest, and on her YouTube channel.


Members and guests must be 18 years or older to attend. 

Meeting cost: $15 (cash or check) at the door

Meeting Schedule:

9:00-10:00 Breakfast and Networking
10:00-11:00 Featured Speaker
11:00-12:00 Book signing/Business Meeting

Meeting Location:

Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria
200 Interstate N Pkwy SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 952-7900