Georgia State University: Perimeter College – Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338, Building N-C


  • David Fulmer’s Fiction Workshop Part 1 in Building N-C auditorium: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (members only)

    • The Architecture of a Story
      • Beginnings & Endings
      • Plot Structure
      • Making Scenes
      • The Deadly Middle


  • Nosh & Networking for members and visitors in Building N-C café: 12:30-1:30 p.m.


  • Meeting for members and visitors in Building N-C auditorium: 1:30-3:45 p.m.


1:30-1:45 p.m.

Club Business, Upcoming Events, and Announcements


1:45-2:30 p.m.
Soniah Kamal, January 2019 guest speaker #1:
“How to Write a Retelling, Continuation, Inspiration of a Classic”

Soniah Kamal is an award winning essayist and fiction writer. Her novel Unmarriageable: Pride & Prejudice in Pakistan‘, a contemporary re-imagining of Pride and Prejudice and set in Pakistan, has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. Her debut novel An Isolated Incident was a finalist for the Townsend Award for Fiction, the KLF French Fiction Prize, and is an Amazon Rising Star pick. Soniah’s short story ‘Jelly Beans’ was selected for the Best South Asian Short Stories Anthology 2017. Her  TEDx talk is about regrets and redemption. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, Catapult, The Normal School, Literary Hub, and has been widely anthologized. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Georgia State University where she was a Paul Bowles Fellow in Fiction. She currently teaches creative writing at Rhineheart University. Her website is soniahkamal.com.

(photo credit: Indus Kamal Wasti)


2:30-2:45 p.m.
Book-signing in the Building N-C café for Soniah Kamal.


2:45-3:30 p.m.
Sally Kilpatrick, January 2019 guest speaker #2:
“Southern Fiction: Conflict for the Conflict Averse”

Born and raised in a small town in West Tennessee, Sally Kilpatrick writes to go home. It is a place she better appreciates and understands since moving away over twenty years ago to earn a B.A. at the University of Tennessee. While also majoring in English, Sally met and fell in love with a Georgia man who relocated her to his home state. It is a place she taught high school Spanish for eight years before taking a sabbatical to write and mother full time. She went back to school at Kennesaw State University where she graduated with an M.A. in professional writing.

She estimates writing four and a half other manuscripts before penning The Happy Hour Choir. Published by Kensington in Spring 2015, The Happy Hour Choir was a manuscript fueled by countless muffins and cups of coffee at Sally’s local dessert shop. The original story of protagonist Beulah Land won the “Duel on the Delta” award, was a finalist for the Maggie Awards and Golden Heart® Awards and was also nominated for a Georgia Author of the Year Award. Her next two novels also take place in the Ellery “universe.” Bittersweet Creek, described by Sally as “Shakespeare. . . with cows,” released in the fall of 2015. Better Get to Livin’, her story of a funeral director and a failed actress, was published in May 2016. That brings us to Sally’s latest novel, Bless Her Heart, which was published by Kensington in October 2017.


3:30-3:45 p.m.
Book-signing in the Building N-C café for Sally Kilpatrick.