Sunday, Feb. 27 at 9am

Workshop Description 
Today’s writers have several different options for getting their material into print.  Panel participants will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of working with a traditional publisher, self-publishing, hybrid publishing and kickstart publishing as well as some current publishing scams.

About Kristine Anderson

Kristine F. Anderson earned a Ph.D. in Communicative Arts from Georgia State University. She has worked as a freelance writer for national newspapers and magazines and taught high school English. She has also taught courses at Southern Polytechnic State University, now part of Kennesaw State University, and Shorter College.

Crooked Truth, published by Mercer University Press, is her debut novel.  It received the Ferrol Sams Award for Fiction and has been nominated for the Willie Morris 2021 Southern Fiction Award.

She lives with her husband and a house full of books and magazines in the Atlanta area.

Winner of 2018 Ferrol Sams Fiction Award

Nominated for 2021 Willie Morris Southern Fiction Award

Nominated for 2021 Georgia Author of the Year Award for Debut Novel

About Ben Meeks

Ben Meeks grew up in Dahlonega, the biggest small town in the North Georgia mountains. He spent his childhood appreciating nature and as he grew older was able to have a wide variety of unusual and exciting experiences. Ben was able to travel internationally, including Europe and India. He participated in, and won, a martial arts competition, was hit by a ricocheting bullet, and was in a high speed car chase. He also received a late night phone call from the secret service, who he hung up on.

Ben also appreciates fantasy in all forms with a special fondness for shifters. Suffering from a lack of shifter fiction that appealed to him he decided to write some. Ben prides himself on using real world experiences to add realism to his fiction. He uses his love of the outdoors and growing up in North Georgia as the setting for his contemporary fantasy series, The Keeper Chronicles.

You can connect with Ben on his website at or follow him on Instagram or Facebook, user authorbenmeeks.

About Patricia Ann Bowen

Patricia’s writing career began straight out of college as the only English major in her class to graduate with a writing job: in-house copywriter creating advertising and catalog copy, speeches, training and marketing materials, and more. Over a long career in sales, market development, management, consulting, and international business, you name it, she wrote it. All non-fiction.

With degrees in English and Psychology, and certifications in personal coaching and grief counseling, she’s taken her knowledge of the mind and the world and begun applying it to writing fiction. She’s taught writing in Kennesaw State University’s OLLI program and leads a short story writing group for the Atlanta Writers Club.

Patricia is a former Jersey girl who now divides her time between the burbs in Georgia and the beach in South Carolina. She’s a travel junkie, beach bum, foodie, tree hugger, noir fan, penny pincher, and more… all stuff to write about. She has many muses that inspire, haunt, and urge her on as she writes and rewrites. Among them are Flannery O’Connor, Elena Ferrante, Pascal Garnier, Patricia Highsmith, Alfred Hitchcock, and Nora Ephron. She invites you to join them on their odyssey of words.