Beginning at 4:30, there are “Family Night” programs for all ages:
• Toddler – Grade 2: Parents join children in fun literacy activities, learn how to promote literacy in the home, and receive a free children’s book.
• Grades 3-7: Children join author Annette Laing on a journey back to World War II England, and receive a free book.
• Grade 8 – Adult: Author Anne B. Jones shares stories of NASCAR and the Atlanta Braves, and her new mystery thriller Tides of Fear. Participants participate in a drawing for a free book.
• Grade 8-Adult: Writing Session. Join the English instructors from Ogeechee Tech in fun, informative writing exercises. The winner of our National Writing Essay will be announced.
Free journals will be given to participants.
At 5:30, there will be refreshments and Halloween activities.
Barry Turner, Vice President for Community and College Relations at Ogeechee Technical College and president of the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau notes, “There is a rich heritage of writing in our region to be celebrated and shared. Being part of Statesboro: The Write Place brings together college and community and establishes Statesboro’s place as an arts and cultural center.”
Dr. Lynn Futch, Dean for Library Services adds, “The ‘Family Night’ program is part of our ongoing program of author readings for our students and the whole community. This event is designed to engage adults and children in reading and literacy.”
“Family Night” presenter Anne B. Jones is the author of Tides of Fear, a murder mystery set in St. Simons, Georgia. “It’s Jaws with a serial killer,” said one reviewer. Dr. Jones has also written Gold Thunder, an autobiography of 1960 NASCAR Champion Rex White, All Around the Track, a collection of racing mini-memoirs, Brave at Heart, the story of photographer Walter Victor and the Atlanta Braves, and A Light on Peachtree: A History of the Atlanta Woman’s Club.
Annette Laing is the author of The Snipesville Chronicles, a series of youth fiction about three friends who time travel into adventure. Don’t Know Where, Don’t Know When takes them to World War II England, A Different Day, A Different Destiny finds the heroes in Victorian Scotland. Laing’s forthcoming book, Look Ahead, Look Back, takes the children to 1700s America, a time when ghosts, witches, little folk, and dreams can seem as real as slavery, greed, and cruelty.
Other events during Statesboro: The Write Place festival include:
• Thursday, November 1, at 7 pm: An reading by regional authors, including Janisse Ray, environmentalist and New York Times noted author; Stephanie Tames, David Dudley, Emma Bolden, Jared Sexton and Laura Valeri.
• Friday, November 2, 7 pm: “Open Mic” Coffeehouse reading for writers
• Saturday, November 3, 8:30 am – 12:45 pm: Writer’s Workshops, featuring Janisse Ray, Sarah Domet, and Mary Ann Anderson.
All events are free and open to the public, however reservations are required for the writer’s workshops. Event details, locations and reservation information can be found on the Facebook page, Statesboro The Write Place.
About Ogeechee Technical College (www.ogeecheetech.edu):
About Statesboro: The Write Place: Statesboro: The Write Place is a joint event of the Georgia Southern University Department of Writing and Linguistics, Statesboro Magazine, the Averitt Center for the Arts and the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau in partnership with Ogeechee Technical College.