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.

WRITERS GUILD MEMBER PROFILE: LINDA DYE

“OF OUR TIMES”    LINDA DYE

We feature and promote the works of Writers Guild Members whose presence in the house at monthly meetings and readings and events fulfills our mission. We are grateful to them and Guild Director, Charles Prier for his dedication for over a decade.

Linda H. Dye: Linda is a life-long resident of Elberton, Georgia. Linda says, “I have a rich full life. My interests are varied and I am always eager to try something new and exciting, meet a new person, travel to an unfamiliar place. My family and my church have been my focus over the years, but I am a voracious reader, a flower gardener, a three mile a day walker, a watercolor painter, a Fun Club traveler, an OLLI member and, some people say, a good cook. Writing is completely new to me. It is an adventure in progress.”

BLURB: Linda H. Dye is a wife, mother, and friend. Living her entire life in a small rural town in Georgia has yielded the opportunity for up close and personal relationships with an assortment of interesting people and situations. Linda writes with the knowledge, experience, and understanding of life well lived. Her keen observations and an active imagination result in stories that evoke a delightful array of smiles, laughter, and nostalgia, with perhaps a speck of melancholy thrown in for good measure. Included in this book are forty-seven fun to read entries so entertaining you are likely to find it difficult to read just one.

Details

Publication Date
Nov 4, 2020
Language
English
ISBN
9781716450860
Category
Fiction
Copyright
All Rights Reserved – Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): Linda H. Dye, Edited by: Charles Prier

About Know-It-All Publications

I either wrote, edited, contributed to or assisted in publishing the books presented here. These are Independently published, Print On Demand editions offered for sale through Lulu Press Inc. If you have written or are writing a book, you would like to publish independently, I may be able to help you. You can contact me at: Charles@KIAPublications.com
Pages
209
US Trade (6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm)

Jess Fowler Music at The Bowers House

On 5/24/2022 BOWERS HOUR films the BLEACE-KOLORFUL episode summarizing their week retreat at The Bowers House, concurrent with the art gallery opening of fine arts painter, Paige Prier (above). Paige’s sister, Jess Fowler (right), entertains with a solo intro and finale with pitch perfect sweet vocals and guitar, rounding out the evening with readings and a meet and greet social.

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Paige Prier Art Gallery Show at The Bowers House

Display of work by Paige Prier Art

The Bowers Hours episode featuring Bleace and Kolorful Media is also the opening of our second inaugural visual artist and Bowers House Ambassador, Paige Prier, (paigeprier.com) whose work replaces and sends to the upstairs hallways our first Bowers House Art Gallery spotlight artist, Faye Behar Mitchell. The artwork that covers the walls of the old hotel building interiors is available for purchase, often including a stay at The Bowers house or other perks, and we consider guest purchases of these works another form or fundraising and sponsorship support of the facility and our mission. 5PM-7PM gallery.

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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”

The Bowers House Writers’ Guild Meets Monthly

The Bowers House Writers Guild is helmed by the direction of Charles Prier, who for the last 15 years has led monthly meetings and personally coached and mentored Guild members in their writing efforts. At meetings and on an individual basis Charles provides members instruction and members share skills, offer kindly criticism, supply information on markets, contests, conferences and other areas of interest, but most of all, Charles inspires and encourages his fellow writers.

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Sharing Stories of Our Worlds Bowers House Guild Anthology 2016

Sharing Stories of Our Worlds

ByCharles Prier

An Anthology by the Bowers House Writers Guild 2015. This edition features 31 entries consisting of original Short Stories, Essays and Poems of Award Winning quality. All are currently unpublished elsewhere but you may see many of them published again in the future in other publications. A delightful read and a thoughtful gift for a busy friend.

Writers Guild atThe Bowers House Authors 2016 Anthology
Writers Guild atThe Bowers House Authors 2016 Anthology

Writers Guild at The Bowers House is helmed by the direction of Charles Prier, who for the last 12 years has led monthly meetings and personally coached and mentored Guild members in their writing efforts. At meetings and on an individual basis Charles provides members instruction and members share skills, offer kindly criticism, supply information on markets, contests, conferences and other areas of interest, but most of all, Charles inspires and encourages his fellow writers. The Bowers House Writers Guild members’ work encompasses a range of genres: local and personal history, personal memoir, adult and juvenile poetry, book reviews, journalism, newspaper and magazine articles, short stories, essays, how-to books, fiction and non-fiction. The Guild provides members the opportunity to meet writers with similar interests, to meet together, to become

GUILD MEMBERS

good friends or to enjoy the company of friendly acquaintances. At the end of each year, members invite family, friends and the community to the house to do a reading of their best work and encourage membership and support for guild activity. Ellen Bowers Davenport, program manager at The Bowers House, accepts requests and proposals for guest readings and cooperative guild and co-sponsored events.

Details

Publication Date
Feb 3, 2016
Language
English
ISBN
9781329874558
Category
Fiction
Copyright
Pages
128
BUS Trade (6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm)

Reviews

2 Reviews

Feb 17, 2016

An enjoyable opportunity to explore both the inner and outer worlds created by a diverse group of writers.
by Sharon WynnsReport this review

Feb 16, 2016

Interesting and quick reads to carry in your purse for those spare reading moments.
by Ann LanneauReport this review

Tuesday, April 23 at 7 pm the Bowers House is hosting a very special guest…..

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Tuesday, April 23 at 7 pm the Bowers House is hosting a very special guest. Nationally known environmental activist and award-winning writer Scott Russell Sanders will speak on “Literature and Legacy.” In an essay entitled “The Way of Imagination,” published in the summer 2012 issue of The Georgia Review, Sanders wrote about a man who sought to provide old-growth forests for future generations to enjoy. Sanders will read an excerpt from the essay and discuss the powers of imagination illustrated by this benefactor’s legacy—powers crucial to the making of literature, to the practice of science, and to works of compassion. A question-and-response period will follow.

Sanders, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Indiana University, has published more than thirty works of nonfiction and fiction over the past forty years, including a number of books for children. Among his titles are Earth Works: Selected Essays (2012), A Conservationist Manifesto (2009), A Private History of Awe (2006), The Country of Language (1999), Staying Put: Making a Home in a Restless World (1993), The Paradise of Bombs (1987), and Wilderness Plots: Tales about the Settlement of the American Land (1983). His enduring concerns include the place of human beings in nature, the pursuit of social justice, the relationships between culture and geography, and the search for a spiritual path.There is no charge for the evening however donations are greatly appreciated. It is very important we have a great turn-out to support this special event!

Tapping the Creative for Health and Healing weekend retreat.

Twenty-five women gathered recently at the Bowers House for the Tapping the Creative for Health and Healing weekend retreat.  Led by three facilitators, small groups gathered to write or paint on the upstairs veranda or wander around the beautiful grounds.  Author Sara Baker’s guided participants to “approach the reality of who you are in all your brokenness and begin to make marks on paper … (and) your own true self will show up.”  Fitness Trainer Lisa Knighton mentored participants as they learned to combine guided movement with meditation and focused writing prompts.  Artist Sarah Pattison ushered participants into the discovery that play and creativity can open the door to the healing of mind, body and spirit.

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One participant responded to the event with this comment:  “the presenters left me wanting more, this group of women bonded with each other, the doors to healing were flung open! …The house is magnificent, so very welcoming.”  Another commented, “I arrived, open to whatever was to unfold and was amazed with everything about the weekend.  (It was) a very peaceful setting, full of positive energy. I look forward to my next visit!”

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Ellen Bowers Davenport , Bowers House Director and Sandra Scott, Bowers House Writing Facilitator are planning future events.  Keep an eye on our website and visit our Facebook page, The Bowers House Writers Retreat to see this historic house as it established itself as the Creative Retreat Center for Northeast Georgia.

On Tuesday, April 23 at 7 pm

On Tuesday, April 23 at 7 pm the Bowers House is hosting a very special guest

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Nationally known environmental activist and award-winning writer Scott Russell Sanders will speak on “Literature and Legacy.” In an essay entitled “The Way of Imagination,” published in the summer 2012 issue of The Georgia Review, Sanders wrote about a man who sought to provide old-growth forests for future generations to enjoy. Sanders will read an excerpt from the essay and discuss the powers of imagination illustrated by this benefactor’s legacy—powers crucial to the making of literature, to the practice of science, and to works of compassion. A question-and-response period will follow.

Sanders, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Indiana University, has published more than thirty works of nonfiction and fiction over the past forty years, including a number of books for children. Among his titles are Earth Works: Selected Essays (2012), A Conservationist Manifesto (2009), A Private History of Awe (2006), The Country of Language (1999), Staying Put: Making a Home in a Restless World (1993), The Paradise of Bombs (1987), and Wilderness Plots: Tales about the Settlement of the American Land (1983). His enduring concerns include the place of human beings in nature, the pursuit of social justice, the relationships between culture and geography, and the search for a spiritual path.

There is no charge for the evening however donations are greatly appreciated. It is very important we have a great turn-out to support this special event!