News Release

Writers' Workshop to Be Held at Dalton State

Dalton State College, in partnership with the Chattanooga Writers Guild, will host a free writers’ workshop on Saturday, August 27 on the Dalton State campus. The theme of the workshop will be “ICE: Inspired Creative Energy.”

All aspiring writers are invited to the free workshop which will be held at the College’s James E. Brown Center. “Our goal for the day is to help aspiring writers find answers and help about crafting and perfecting their writing, finding venues for readers, and getting published in traditional and new formats such as e-publishing. Writers of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry are encouraged to attend,” said Barbara G. Tucker, Associate Professor of Communication at Dalton State and coordinator for the event. 

“We thought this would be a great fit between the members of the Chattanooga Writers Guild, the Dalton community, and the campus,” she said. “Many people write, and write well, but aren’t sure how to find markets and audiences for their work.” Dalton State faculty members joining Tucker as speakers are Dr. Leslie Harrelson, Associate Professor of English, and Dr. Jenny Crisp, Assistant Professor of English.

Other presenters include Amber Nagle, a freelance writer; Lantz Powell, a literary agent and publisher from Chattanooga; Ray Zimmerman, a poet and naturalist; and Kelle Z. Riley, an award-winning romantic fiction writer. Tony Burton, founder and owner of Wolfmont Press, Denouement Press, and Honey Locust Press of Ranger, GA, will speak at a plenary session.    

The workshop begins at 8:30 a.m., with registration and introductions followed by three 45-minute breakout sessions. In the first session, attendees can choose between the topics of Enhancing a Freelance Writing Career, Writing Query Letters, and Getting Started in Memoir Writing. The second session’s choices include Mind-Mapping to Develop Stories, Using Fan Fiction and Other Venues to Find Audiences, and Polishing the Writing Style. In the third session, workshops on Romance Writing, Journaling, and Copyediting are offered. 

A plenary session on publishing will be followed by lunch on your own. Panels with writers of
different genres, and opportunities to meet published authors, will follow in the afternoon. “There will be ample opportunities to network and discuss writing, as well as to find out about critique groups and other services of the Chattanooga Writers
Guild,” Tucker said.

Pre-registration is not required, but is preferred so that presenters can have sufficient handouts ready for the event. For more information or to pre-register, visit or contact
Sharon Huey at 

This is the second in a series of workshops that the Guild plans to conduct this year at different locations in the Chattanooga area, Tucker said. The first meeting was held in the Tiftonia area.  Tucker and Dr. Marsha Mathews, Associate Professor of English at Dalton State, presented at that workshop. Dr. Mathews’ topic was images in poetry; she recently published a book of poetry, Northbound Single-Lane, with Finishing Line Press.  Mrs. Tucker, a novelist with OakTara Publishers, presented on a panel about e-publishing. 

Those with questions can contact Barbara Tucker at

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