Charles Prier’s ‘Writers Guild’ September Retreat

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

$750 includes lodging meals and tour( $600 reserved before Aug 25)

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

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. Charles Prier, Retreat Director and Fiction Writing Ambassador of The Bowers House leads this event beginning with an evening orientation, social and snacks Thursday September 22, 2022. Six prolific writers will participate in an intensive workshop on Friday and Saturday and will be treated to meals locally prepared and inspired, in a 100-year-old historic registry railroad hotel, followed by an assigned writing exercise. A brief history and town tour of Canon and the local meadery owned by a Bowers cousin happens Saturday afternoon, and a certification and wrap up Sunday brunch bring farewell recognition Sunday.

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

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

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

Developing Fictional Characters This quarterly Writers Guild Workshop Retreat is helmed by the direction of Charles Prier, who for the last 12 years has led monthly meetings and personally coached and mentored retreat participants and Writers Guild members in their writing efforts, many from beginners to published authors. At meetings and on an individual basis Charles provides individual and group instruction and members share skills, offer kindly criticism and supply information on markets, contests, and conferences. Charles edits and publishes his own work and that of other writers. Most of all, Charles inspires and encourages with matter of fact, easy to understand instruction and advice on a peer level. Our next Writers Guild at The Bowers House retreat this winter will be customized for the beginning fiction writer, with the implementation of a barter residency program with individual coaching by Charles.

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.

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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