Jeffrey Stepakoff left a successful career in Hollywood to teach future screenwriters at Kennesaw State University. The past few years, Stepakoff has had a learning experience of his own. After years of writing television scripts and movies (Dawson Creek, The Wonder Years, Brother Bear, Tarzan) Jeffrey wrote his first novel, Fireworks over Toccoa. This engaging romantic novel set in World War II North Georgia reads better than a script. NYTimes bestselling author, Emily Griffin comments on Stepakoff’s novel:
“A luminous love story that readers won’t soon forget, Fireworks Over Toccoa transports you to another time and place. It is at once heartbreaking and triumphant—an affirmation of love in all its forms.”
Jeffrey Stepakoff will be one of the featured writers at the 2nd Annual Crossroads Writers Conference in Macon, Georgia.
The 2nd Crossroads Writers Conference.begins Saturday, February 27, 2010 at “A luminous love story that readers won’t soon forget, Fireworks Over Toccoa transports you to another time and place. It is at once heartbreaking and triumphant—an affirmation of love in all its forms.”–NYTimes bestselling author, Emily GiffinThis year marks the debut of the Crossroads Literary Festival,a free public series of readings and presentations that will run concurrently with the conference in the College Hill area.
The conference begins Saturday, Feb. 27 in Mercer’s Knight Hall at 7:30 am with a social networking breakfast. More than 50 panels, workshops, round table talks and readings will follow, culminating in a big closing ceremony featuring a mini Poetry Slam, dramatic presentations and a music-heavy reading by Random House author Steve Almond. The conference offers topics ranging from the traditional (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction) to edgier forms (screenwriting, blogging, spoken word, steam punk fiction).
Macon writer Gena Courtney attended the last conference and had this to say:
“The most important thing I learned at the first conference was to consider writing as a job…Work at it, everyday. Some days will be terrible, but you must write through them, to the other side, where the days may be terrific and satisfying,”
Other authors include:
- Steve Almond Candyfreak
- Judith Ortiz-Cofer, A Love Story Beginning in Spanish: Poems
- Mara Shalhoup,Editor in Chief of Creative Loafing
- former Maconite Ad Hudler, Househusband
- Middle Georgia native Lauretta Hannon, The Cracker Queen
- Megan Sexton, Under the Rock Umbrella
- Emilie Bush, Chenda and the Airship Brofman
- Fulvia Lindsay,writer for television show CSI.
Local authors include:
- Ed Grisamore
- Josephine Bennett
- Bill Shanks
- Phillip Ramati
- Kevin Cantwell
- Anya Silver
- Andy Silver
- Robert Fieldsteel
- Rick Hutto
- Louise Stamen
- William Rawlings
- Michael McGouirk
- Rick Maier
- Camara Fontenot
- Jared Wright
- Luke Goddard
Complete list of authors online.
What is Crossroads?
Crossroads is a not-for-profit civic endeavor that is completely operated by a volunteer board and a volunteer staff. The conference is funded generously by The Knight Neighborhood Challenge, the State of Georgia, City of Macon, Redbone Press and the Macon State Foundation as well as supported by the Community Foundation of Central Georgia, Macon State College, Mercer University and Mercer Press.
Information and online registration is available at www.crossroadscon.org. Registration will be open the day of the conference only if space is available.