published Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Etowah celebrates region's authors with Literary Weekend


Literary workshops: Friday, City Hall, Ohio Street.

10 a.m.-noon. "Reading Like a Writer." Ed Ditto

1:30-3:30 p.m. "Publishing Your Writing." Joe Guy

Authors on stage: Select authors will perform/read from their published works; student essay winners receive awards. 7 p.m. Friday, Gem Theater, $5 admission.

Children's story time: Saturday. 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Carnegie Library.

Source: Merchants & Friends of Etowah

ETOWAH, Tenn. — Etowah will celebrate the region's authors and their works at its second annual Literary Weekend.

Set for Friday and Saturday, the event features two Friday workshops on writing and getting published, said Maxine Jones of Merchants & Friends of Etowah.

Authors will have tables and displays at downtown stores on both days, she said.

"If our literary event encourages even one child or an adult to sit down and write something, whether it be a special memory, a dream, a short story about their favorite subject or least favorite; if we help someone find a purpose, recognize their talent, share some happiness or inspire someone to believe in themselves and that their life still has meaning -- then this literary event was a success," Jones said.

Admission is $5 each for Friday workshops led by Ed Ditto and McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy.

In the Books Alive performance, set for 7 p.m. Friday in the Gem Theater, "Sixteen authors as well as three student essay winners will read or perform in an awesome presentation," Jones said.

"Last year I had people waiting to get in my store,'' said Kath Conway of Needful Things. Her store hosted writer Regina Tullock, who will be back at Needful Things this weekend.

"It's going to be a busy weekend," Conway said. "The craft fair is going on just across the street, and the train excursions are this weekend, too."

Along with the book events, Etowah is hosting the Etowah Arts & Crafts Festival this weekend. There also will be Hiwassee River Rail Excursions and the Highway 411 Yard Sale.

The events are sponsored by the Merchants & Friends of Etowah, assisted by the Etowah Arts Commission, Etowah Carnegie Library and the Friends of the Library.

about Randall Higgins...

Randall Higgins covers news in Cleveland, Tenn., for the Times Free Press. He started work with the Chattanooga Times in 1977 and joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Randall has covered Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Alabama. He now covers Cleveland and Bradley County and the neighboring region. Randall is a Cleveland native. He has bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. His awards ...

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