The Georgia Writers Association April Workshop Features "Writing Fiction for the First Time" with Jeffrey Stepakoff, Author of 'Fireworks Over Toccoa'

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The Georgia Writers Association is hosting its Second Saturday Author Event on "Writing Fiction for the First Time" on Saturday, April 10 from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. at Kennesaw State University. Former Hollywood writer, Jeffrey Stepakoff, will read from his first novel, 'Fireworks Over Toccoa,' and present the fiction writing workshop.

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Poignant and elegant, FIREWORKS OVER TOCCOA is a mosaic of all the emotions that only love can make possible.

Writing your first novel takes passion and a great love for an idea and, of course, long periods of time spent developing the story.

The Georgia Writers Association(GWA) is featuring former Hollywood writer, Jeffrey Stepakoff, at its Second Saturday Author Event titled, “Writing Fiction for the First Time.” The GWA Event is scheduled on Saturday, April 10 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Leadership Room of the Carmichael Student Center at Kennesaw State University, 1000 Chastain Rd., Kennesaw, GA 30144.

Prior to returning to his home in Atlanta, Stepakoff worked as a writer in Hollywood and produced hundreds of internationally-recognized shows including the Emmy-Winning The Wonder Years, Dawson’s Creek, Sisters, Hyperion Bay, Major Dad, and Simon & Simon. His first novel, 'Fireworks Over Toccoa,' was published this year by St. Martin’s Press. Stepakoff said, "Writing your first novel takes passion and a great love for an idea and, of course, long periods of time spent developing the story." The setting for the luminous World War II love story is a small town in Toccoa, Georgia. It is a story that reminds us of what it's like to experience love for the first time--against the odds, when you least expect it.

The novel has received critical acclaim and was chosen as a April 2010 Indie Next List Notable. The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance named 'Fireworks Over Toccoa' a Spring 2010 Okra Pick. Stepakoff has received praise from Dorothea Benton Frank, NY Times bestselling author of Return to Sullivans Island and Publishers Weekly. Karen White, award-winning author of The House on Tradd Street said, “…this is a not-to-be missed book. Move over Nicholas Sparks.”

Stepakoff currently speaks around the country and teaches dramatic writing at Kennesaw State University. He is presently at work on his second novel.

GWA will sponsor Stepakoff reading excerpts from 'Fireworks Over Toccoa' at 12:00 which is free to the public. The workshop, “Writing Your First Novel” will begin at 12:30 p.m. The workshop is $10 for GWA members, $5 for KSU students with a student ID, and $20 for the general public. Copies of 'Fireworks Over Toccoa' will be available for purchase and signing.

Seating is limited, so please register early on the GWA website at GWA will also accept payment at the door for the workshop.

If a book club is reading 'Fireworks Over Toccoa' and has access to a speakerphone, Jeffrey will be happy to call in during a meeting. Bloggers can also get free books at 5minutesformom

The Georgia Writers Association is a nonprofit organization that works across the state to encourage and strengthen the proficiencies of writers in both the creative and the business aspects of the writing life. GWA sponsors workshops, seminars, conferences, and contests including the Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA). Dr. Ralph Wilson, professor in the Masters in Professional Writing program at Kennesaw State University, serves as Director of the Georgia Writers Association.

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