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


  • Nosh & Networking for members and visitors in Building N-C café: 12:45-1:30 p.m.


  • Meeting for members and visitors in Building N-C auditorium: 1:30-4:00 p.m.


1:30-1:45 p.m.

Club Business, Upcoming Events, and Announcements


1:45-2:45 p.m.

Dana Ridenour, September 2019 guest speaker #1: Writing The Series Character

Dana Ridenour was born in Louisville, Kentucky. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in Police Administration in 1989. After college, Dana attended Chase Law School where she earned her Juris Doctor in 1992.

Dana entered on duty as a special agent with the FBI on November 11, 1995 and retired April 6, 2016. During her career, Dana was assigned to four different FBI Field Divisions and had the opportunity to work a wide variety of cases to include multi faceted narcotics investigations, domestic sex trafficking of minors, and violent crime. She was also a member of the FBI’s Evidence Response Team where she and her team traveled to New York City in response to the 9/11 World Trade Center attack.

In 2003 Dana attended and passed the FBI’s prestigious undercover school, thus allowing her to work as an undercover FBI agent. Dana spent most of her career as an FBI undercover operative infiltrating various criminal organizations including domestic terrorism extremists in the Animal Liberation Front. Dana’s first novel, Behind The Mask, is fiction but based on her personal experiences working as an undercover agent. Behind The Mask won numerous literary awards and was named one of the Best Indie Books of 2016. Dana released her second award winning novel, Beyond The Cabin, on August 1, 2017. Beyond The Cabin received the 2018 Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Thriller or Suspense Novel. Dana’s third book, Below The Radar, is scheduled for release on August 13, 2019. Her three novels are currently in development for television.

Dana lives in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina where she is working on her fourth novel.

On Saturday, September 21, Dana will discuss the special elements you need to consider when creating and continuing the saga of a series character.

Website: https://danaridenour.net/index.html

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/danaridenourwriterpage

Twitter: https://twitter.com/@ridenour_dana


2:45-3:00 p.m.
Book-signing in the Building N-C café for Dana Ridenour.


3:00-4:00 p.m.

Anthony Grooms, August 2019 guest speaker #2: The Ubiquitous Character: Some things l’ve Learned about Writing Setting

Writing in MELUS, a critical journal of multi-ethnic literature, Professor Diptiranjan Pattanaik said that Anthony Grooms’s collection of short stories, Trouble No More, demonstrates “the insider’s profound knowledge of the history and struggles of African Americans, while consistently managing to circumscribe a breadth of understanding with a tender story-telling art.”


Tender story telling art has been a prevailing characteristic of Grooms’s stories and poems as he focuses on African American social struggles of Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Movement.  


Tony Grooms grew up in rural Virginia.  His education at the College of William and Mary and George Mason University led him to a teaching career in Georgia, where since 1995, he has taught creative writing and literature at Kennesaw State University, and directs its M. A. in Professional Writing Program. He is the author of Ice Poems, Trouble No More: Stories, Bombingham, and The Vain Conversation, among other works. His stories and poems have been published in Callaloo, African American Review, Crab Orchard Review, and other literary journals and anthologies both in the US and abroad.


Tony is a Fulbright Fellow, a Yaddo Fellow, a Hurston-Wright Foundation Legacy Award finalist, an Arts Administration Fellow from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the recipient of two Lillian Smith Awards for Fiction. Both Trouble No More and Bombingham were selected as All Georgia Reads books. Adopted for study in colleges, Bombingham was the 2013 common book selection for Washington, D. C. 


The Vain Conversation, a novel, was published by Story River Books (USC Press) in February 2018. Author Ron Rash said of the novel, that it “vividly evokes the horrors of American racism, but Anthony Grooms never denies the humanity of his characters, whether black or white, young or old. His novel achieves what only the best literature can give us: it refuses too-easy consolations or too-easy condemnations. When we finish the last page, the book is not finished with us. It will haunt us.”


Tony lives in Atlanta with his wife and son.


On Saturday, September 21 at 3:00 p.m., Tony, as the author of several setting-emphasized novels, will discuss techniques for developing settings whether used as “place,” symbol, or background–advice that is applicable to memoir and narrative nonfiction as well as novels.


Website: www.AnthonyGrooms.com.


4:00-4:15 p.m.
Book-signing in the Building N-C café for Anthony Grooms.