Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tonight: Meet J.C. Sassar - Author of Gradle Bird

Tonight is the second Tuesday of the month and attendees of the January 23rd meeting of the Savannah Writers Group to be held at 7 PM at Uncle Maddio's Pizza will share in the distinct pleasure of meeting J. C. Sassar, author of Gradle Bird.


I was born in Savannah, Georgia and grew up in a small town called Metter, sixty miles northwest. I first discovered writing through sound. As an infant, I crawled around the ankles of two of the best storytellers I’ve ever heard, my maternal grandmother and true Southern queen, Rubye Trapnell Becker, and my father, Hugh Esten Cromartie Jr., a legendary whitetail deer hunter and T-4 paraplegic with no legs. When I was old enough to make requests, I’d ask them to tell my favorite stories over and over again, sometimes four or five times in a row. The plots were not what I found most interesting. It was the way they told these stories that never got old.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Happy 2018 Writerly Darlings!

Happy New Year one and all!

This year the Savannah Writers Group is meeting regularly at a familiar location. We have officially returned to Uncle Maddio's Pizza, the home of good food and a good-sized private area ideal for our meetings.

Meetings are held every second and fourth Tuesday of the month like clockwork at 7 PM.

Not sure what to expect from a meeting? Generally, there's little need to be shy! Attending a meeting is like having dinner with new friends. We are very friendly folks from all manner of backgrounds. We vary in age and in experience with the writing craft. Some of us are published authors, while some just love reading and writing and wish to learn more about it. We discuss writerly topics, share readings of our work (which encompasses everything from poetry and memoir, to historical fiction, to speculative fiction, and scholarly essays), receive feedback and constructive criticism, listen to talks from invited speakers, and occasionally publish our own work... Speaking of which...

Be on the lookout for more information regarding an upcoming special event. On 13 February at 4 PM at the Pooler Public Library, we plan to share once again some selected readings from our book, TRIBUTARIES: An Anthology of the Savannah Writers Group.

In case you missed another special announcement, late last year SWG Member Lynne Bendoly was honored in the 2017 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards. Her illustrations in Grandma's Face Tells her Story, written by Elaine McKay, won Honorable Mention in the category of Best Children's Picture Books for Age 5 and Younger. Congratulations Lynne!

As for myself, I had a noteworthy experience last last year also. I had the great pleasure of attending for the second year in a row: YALLFEST, Charleston's big and beautiful young adult book festival.

There were book signings, swag giveaways, and amazing panels to attend. I was personally able to meet and collect signatures from a few of my literary heroes, best selling authors Laini Taylor (pictured above with her famous pink hair), Leigh Bardgo (pictured below--she's the fab blonde and I'm the hysterically smiling gal in black), and Stephanie Garber, author of CARAVAL.

Taylor has written the beloved Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and Bardugo is treasured as the mistress of the Six of Crows duology.

I also had sightings of Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone), Patrick Ness (A Monster Calls), and Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give). I heard talks from the AMAZING Maggie Stiefvater (The Scorpio Races), Cassandra Clare (City of Bones), Marissa Meyer (Heartless), Soman Chainani (The School for Good and Evil), Samantha Mabry (All the Wind in the World), Jeff Giles (The Edge of Everything), Katherine Locke (The Girl with the Red Balloon), and Ryan Graudin (Wolf by Wolf).

It was a whirlwind, grand time.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Location, Location, Location!

It is right back to Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint for the next meeting of the Savannah Writers Group! 

Although we have been meeting every 2nd and 4th Tuesday night at the Asian River restaurant, that meeting location is no longer an option. Please join us on Tuesday, 24 OCT at 7 PM @ Uncle Maddios, near World Market and Chili's in Chatham Plaza, across from the Oglethorpe Mall.

Meeting business will include voting on a new regular meeting location.

Meetings of the Savannah Writers Group are always free and open to the public. Please join our family and don't be shy! We welcome all types of writers, from those with a casual interest to those with multiple publications on their resumes.

I'm proud to mention the success of our recent publication: TRIBUTARIES: An Anthology of the Savannah Writers Group. The book is chock full of over 50 works of poetry and prose (everything from science fiction to mystery to memoir style work) written by twenty Savannah Writers Group authors. The book is on sale on Amazon in both soft cover and e-book format.

Earlier this month we enjoyed a formal book launch thanks to our friends over at the Learning Center. There were readings, book sales, book signings, fellowship, and refreshment. When Lynne Bendoly read an except from her story "A Treasure in a Theater" (PG 14), the children's book author and illustrator had the audience in stitches! There wasn't a frown to be found in the room, which was filled with riotous laughter. What a delight! But it was when Sally Rountree Klein read to us a sample of her essay "Sanctified" (PG 37) that you could hear a pin drop despite the packed nature of the room. All in all it was a beautiful evening. The group presented me with roses and with their thanks for my role as senior editor of the volume. I was honored beyond words.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Tributaries Book Launch, Readings & Signings

Dear Savannah Writers:

You are cordially invited to attend the book launch of Tributaries: An Anthology of the Savannah Writers Group. The event is free and open to the public: please invite your friends and family to come out and support your fellow writers! 

The book launch and signing will take place October 10, from 5:30 - 7:00 PM, at The Learning Center of Senior Citizens, Inc. at 3025 Bull Street, 31405 (the intersection of Washington Avenue and Bull Street just south of Victory Drive).

TLC is generously providing the venue and advertising in their fall catalogue of classes and programs at no charge to SWG. This partnership between TLC and SWG is dedicated to the mutually beneficial goal of increasing membership for both groups.

While the event is free and open to the public, an RSVP with the names of those attending is required so that a seat and plentiful refreshments are in place.

Please RSVP the Director of the Learning Center, Roger Smith, at rsmith@seniorcitizens-inc.org by October 5.

For further information and a look at our publicity, go to

Click on The Learning Center tab at the top of the page.

Scroll down to the link:

"To view the current catalog of courses and programs, click here."
Our announcement is on page 24.

Membership in Senior Citizens/The Learning Center is open to anyone, with first preference given to those age fifty or over.

PS - If time permits, attendees are encouraged to head over to Savannah River for our regularly scheduled Savannah Writers Group Meeting

Thursday, May 25, 2017


Buy TRIBUTARIES: An Anthology of the
Savannah Writers Group!

Tributaries is available for purchase on Amazon in two formats.

It is $9.99 in Paperback......https://www. amazon.com/dp/1533628106/

It is $4.99 for your Kindle in e-book format......https://www. amazon.com/dp/B072FJG62L/

Tributaries is a collection of fifty works of prose and poetry by over twenty authors who belong to the Savannah Writers Group, based in Savannah, Georgia. Memoir, mystery, comedy, romance and science fiction can all be found within these pages.

Readers can peruse Big Mama Tater's online dating profile, follow a high school wrestler as he challenges "Mack the Knife," take a spooky Savannah field trip, visit a dangerous criminal in the hours before his parole hearing, put diapers on frogs, and much, much more.


Help us at the regularly scheduled Savannah Writers Group meeting on Tuesday, June 13th at Asian River to discuss how to handle book sale profits, purchasing directly from the publisher, holding a formal book launch and much more. Bring your ideas and questions.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Asian River - TUES, 24 JAN 2017

The next meeting of the Savannah Writers Group is scheduled for Tuesday 24 January 2017 to be held in a reserved, private room at Asian River in the Eisenhower Shopping Center. Let's keep our fingers crossed that we have found a new home!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A Fog Most Gray - Edward W. L. Smith

Dear Sasha,

"A Fog Most Gray," my mystery short story set on Tybee Island, has been selected by Pilcrow & Dagger as a podcast winner.  In order to hear a free, 30-minute performance, go to  pilcrowdagger.com, click on Podcasts (just below the Pilcrow and Dagger banner), then click on my story (016 – A Fog Most Gray).  Enjoy!

The November/December 2016 issue of the magazine containing my story can be purchased at pilcrowdagger.com either in a printed version or as a download.


Edward W. L. Smith, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of Psychology
141 Plantation Trail
Statesboro, GA 30458
Most recent books: "The Psychology of Artists and the Arts"
                                "Embodied Gestalt Practice"