_As you know our annual conference is March 30th and 31st, 2012. If you have not signed up for the conference yet, now would be a great time to try out our new online registration. Register today by clicking here. While it is not necessary to prepay in order to sign up to participate in the readings and panels, it is a huge help to us if you do. That said, we have a new feature on the website: Register Now Pay Later. If paying now doesn‚t work for you, you can register today and pay when you arrive in Fairhope.
Schedule of events:
Slots are still available during reading sessions and discussion panels for Fairhope 2012. We will be working on the schedule over the coming days, so please sign-up today. Click her to pitch a panel, join a panel, or request a reading session.
So what is NEW?
This year we thought we would try something new--but we need your help to make it work. We would like to start a student fund that will provide a nice prize package for our student competition as well as scholarships for students to travel to Fairhope for future conferences. So after a few discussions we decided to try a raffle--a different kind of raffle though--we are calling it the Infamous Share an Old but Favorite Book Raffle of 2012 at our Friday evening get-together.
Here is the concept: We all have them, those worn paperbacks (or hardcover) that we have read 5 maybe 10 times. Now they sit on our shelves year after year--waiting for us to read them again. We can‚t convince ourselves to cut loose of them because fact of the matter is--we love them.
What we would like you to do is go to your bookshelves--find 2 or 3 of these special books and share them with us. Bring them to the conference with you, release them into our custody Friday morning and by Friday evening we will find them a good home. The more people that participate by donating--the more prizes we will have to give away.
Here's the plan--Grad Student Extraordinaire Clair Stephens and her crew will collect all the books, sort through them, and wrap them up in nice little bundles. Throughout the day we will sell raffle tickets and later Friday evening we will raffle off our cherished books as well as other prizes that we are gathering.
We are also rounding up some additional prizes as well. If you would like to contribute something else (say left over gift cards from Christmas, your hot-off-the-press book, or something else writerly?) toward the raffle, please contact me or Jeff Newberry.
If you would like to help Claire turn this concept into reality (she would love a little help), you can email me or contact Claire directly
All proceeds from the raffle will go into a student account and will be used to help out our students in 2013.
Don't forget about our Logo Design Contest:
We are extended the logo design contest until March 15th. Winner will be announced during the conference. So please...design away. Click Here for Details....
Can you help spread the word?
We have a new Facebook Group (http://www.facebook.com/groups/191501134259756/) and we ask all our Facebook group members to switch over to the new group. Please share this with all your Gulf Coast friends and build our new community.
Who are you?
If you would like to add a biographical note (or change the one that‚s already there) on the Biographical Notes link on the GCACWT website, please click here.
Questions or Concerns?
Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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