Charles Prier’s ‘Writers Guild’ September Retreat

Learn How to Create Captivating Characters

Jess Fowler and Paige Prier contribute to a Bowers Hour production, shown here with grandfather, Charles Prier Retreat Director and head of Writers Guild at The Bowers House

September 22, 2022 through September 25, 2022
at The Bowers House Writers Retreat

Are you struggling to bring your fiction characters to life on the page?
Want to create more lovable heroes and hateful villains that readers simply can’t get enough of?
Looking to publish a book that will live on in the hearts and minds of readers forever?

If so, then don’t miss the Writers Guild Retreat at The Bowers House, September 22-25, 2022.

Inside this intensive three-day workshop, you’ll learn how to create unforgettable characters that propel your plot forward and grab your reader’s attention – page after page. Led by Charles Prier, accomplished author and publisher, this game-changing event includes dynamic presentations, videos, group discussions, hands-on writing exercises and assignments. This illuminating retreat also includes a fictional character immersion session with special guest, Javon Johnson, an award-winning writer, educator and actor. Once the weekend comes to a close, you’ll walk away with the knowledge, skills and confidence to craft riveting characters that animate your story and deliver your message to the world. Ready to elevate your writing skills and learn how to create captivating characters? Contact Charles Prier at 706-246-9421 or 706-436-9632. charles@priernet.com

$750 includes lodging meals and tour( $600 reserved before Sept 6)

Application: Charles Prier
(706) 246-9421 or (706) 436-9632
charles@priernet.com

Become the Writer You Were Meant to Be at The Bowers House

Terry Kay, George Singleton, Alice Friman, Scott Russell Sanders, Anne Pancake, Alison Hawthorne Deming … these are just a few of The Georgia Review alums who have sought refuge at The Bowers House to further hone their craft and perfect their stories before releasing them to the world.

For decades, this 100-year-old historic registry railroad hotel nestled in the sleepy hamlet of Canon has provided writers with the seclusion and inspiration they needed to move forward with their most important works. Perhaps their creativity ripened under starry nights or amid spiral-vined gardens, in the thick shade of towering magnolias or the comforting embrace of the wraparound porch here at The Bowers House. If you’re ready to follow in the footsteps of some of the most acclaimed authors out there, consider a retreat or residency with us.

Meet Charles Prier, Retreat Director

Charles Prier has been a writer for 30 years with stints in trade publishing, the tech industry, local news and fiction. As director of Writers Guild at The Bowers House for the past 12 years, he has mentored and coached countless members on their journeys to become published authors. The author of four books,

Writers Guild and Retreat Director, Charles Prier (l) with Terry Kay, “To Dance with the White Dog,” an inductee into The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, on his 82nd birthday.
Writers Guild and Retreat Director, Charles Prier (l) with Terry Kay, “To Dance with the White Dog,” an inductee into The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, on his 82nd birthday.

Charles has also edited and published the work of more than 20 members.

About Javon Johnson, Special Guest

We are thrilled to welcome Javon Johnson to the September retreat. An award-winning writer whose work includes musicals, films and literary fiction,Javon is also an educator and talented actor who has appeared on “The Oval” (2019), “American Soul” (2019) and “Survivor’s Remorse” (2014). Johnson will conduct a fictional character immersion session from the dual perspective of an actor and a writer while sharing his favorite character development exercises and techniques.

A special guest workshop session on author character immersions conducted by writer, educator and playwright Javon Johnson who wrote the acclaimed musical “Sanctified.”
A special guest workshop session on author character immersions conducted by writer, educator and playwright Javon Johnson

 $600 Retreat fee includes: Locally inspired and prepared meals, and comfortable living space and private rooms with work area.
Thursday 9/22 – Arrival check-in 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. 7 p.m. Orientation, Meet and Greet social.
Friday 9/23 – Daytime workshops and special guest, Javon Johnson, evening writing assignments.
Saturday 9/24 – Daytime workshops and writing, 5 p.m. visit to meadery and brief town history tour.
Sunday 9/25 – Recognition, farewell, free time.

The Writers Guild at The Bowers House September Retreat focuses providing experienced writers featuring an intensive three-day workshop on creating memorable characters. The essential phrase “know your character backwards and forwards” encapsulates the focus of this three-day workshop.

A retreat for experienced writers featuring an intensive workshop on creating memorable characters led by Charles Prier, Retreat Director:
I The fundamentals of character invention
II Building Characters
III Reader/Character relationships
IV Character-to-character relationships

An Overview of the Retreat Plot, theme, setting, point of view, dialogue, and pacing are important craft elements used to construct a story. These affect and, more importantly, are affected by the competency of characters. The comprehensive development of memorable characters brings together all these elements fine-tuned to deliver outstanding stories. Through craft study, guided group discussions, partnered exercises formulating fictional characters, coaching, and critiques, the planned colloquium will provide the participants with the knowledge and practice to significantly improve their writing skills. Discussions topics include:
Begin with the Character • Character Properties Flaws and Habits • Likability • Character Motivation • Character Arcs • You Are Not Your Character • Basing Your Characters on Real People • Characters as metaphors • Exploiting Cultural Influence in Character Development

$750 includes lodging meals and tour( $600 reserved before Sept 6)

Application: Charles Prier
(706) 246-9421 or (706) 436-9632
charles@priernet.com

A retreat for experienced writers featuring
an intensive workshop on creating
memorable characters led by Charles Prier,
Retreat Director and Program Manager
at The Bowers House

Join Writers Guild at The Bowers House

Want to get the ongoing support and guidance you need to become a better writer? Then join Writers Guild at The Bowers House. The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 1-3 p.m. For $25 a year, you’ll receive coaching and lesson plans from Charles Prier, valuable feedback from peers, and a chance to meet and learn from writers just like you. Membership is open to writers at every skill level. We are currently developing remote attendance guidelines so non-local members can participate in group discussions. Visit bhwriters.org for details. The Bowers House is available for group overnight rentals to writers and artists and individual member residencies. Donations and sponsorships are encouraged. Call family custodian Charlie Read at 954-888-8948.

SUMMER UPDATE 2022

Charlie Read  

From the family custodian and co-founder of bowershouse.org. The Bowers House Retreat
Late last year we reopened our doors on limited occupancy to vaccinated guests and alumni. We began a production company, Bowers Hour, filming and recoding programming material focusing on resident work product to maintain the facility and fund house sponsored residencies. We expanded our scope from writing and literature to multidisciplinary and music arts, and started the long term restoration of the several acres and buildings at the facility. We began taking in occasional guest and b&b lodgers, and small event venue rentals to subsidize our expansion and reentry after shutting down during the health crisis.

With ambassadors representing The Georgia Review, poetry and arts organizations, well know author alumni and music figures, and most importantly, The Writers Guild, helmed by Charles Prier bhwriters.org for 12 years, we unabashedly solicit new support and ventures from writers/ workshop professionals/ established musicians/ performers with honorariums and often in exchange for exclusive usage of the facility and dining for their personal or professional retreat purposes.

We continue to provide a place for artists to grow and create. Our goal is to keep The Guild running as the crux of the mission we have established in this 100 year old historic family hotel in NE Georgia.

Charles Prier, Director of The Bowers House Writers’ Guild

A number of our Guild members are published writers. Some are self-published, others have materials accepted by publication houses; however, all of our writers are people who write because they want to. Not all of us want to become famous or even want to be published. We just want to express ourselves and become better writers. Published or not, experienced or just beginning, we have the pleasure of being encouraged to write because we love to do it, and we learn to write better through the instruction, encouragement and suggestions we receive each time we get together. Continue reading “Charles Prier, Director of The Bowers House Writers’ Guild”

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