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Next Meeting of the Authors Guild of Tennessee

March 7th, 2024

The Authors Guild of Tennessee will be meeting on March 7 at the Faith Lutheran Church in Farragut beginning with a social time at 10:30 a.m. The business meeting is scheduled from 11:00 a.m. to noon.

Our special speaker will be AGT member Gayle Curtin.

Gayle worked for more than 40 years in the insurance industry. She earned a Masters degree in Education from Colorado State University. In her book, My Thoughts Exactly! Essays on General Liability Underwriting, she used her 20-year experience of taking underwriting referrals and auditing  files to write about risk analysis and the art of thinking.

At the AGT meeting, Gayle will be speaking about writing blogs including the following: her process for writing blog posts, tips for improving engagement, ways to publish, distribute, and market, and the benefits of blogging.

Gayle’s blogs are posted at under the title “On Second Thought.” Two of her recent blogs are titled “What do you hear when you listen to yourself?” and “What is muscle memory?”

As an accomplished blogger, Gayle’s talk promises to be informative and inspirational. Guests are always welcome.


“Meet the Author” with Deana Charcalla

AGT member Deana Charcalla will be appearing as the guest author at two “Meet the Author” events the first week in March at schools in the area of West Virginia where she grew up. On March 6, she will be at Montcalm Elementary School in Montcalm. On March 7, she will be at the Lashmeet School in her hometown of Matoka, West Virginia.

Deana was invited to the Lashmeet School by the daughter of her favorite teacher from fourth grade who fostered Deana’s love of reading by letting her select her books from a recommended list.

Deana will be speaking and reading aloud from some of her books to the assembly of all the students in the first through sixth grades in both schools. After her talk, Deana will answer questions and offer her books for sale to the parents of the children.

Wes Hibbert to Speak at Tellico Village Library

Thurs., Feb. 29, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Rose Glen Literary Festival

Saturday, February 24, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sevierville Convention Center
202 Gists Creek Road
Sevierville, Tennessee 37876

Several Authors Guild of Tennessee members will be among the 50 vendors who will attend and offer their books for sale.  AGT member Stephen Lyn Bales will be one of the guest speakers from 11:00 to 11:45. Stephen is a retired Ijams Nature Center naturalist who has written for Smithsonian Magazine and contributed to The Tennessee Conservationist. His first book, Natural Histories, covered the natural history of the Tennessee Valley. His second book, Ghost Birds: Jim Tanner and the Quest for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, 1935-1941, told the compelling story of Jim Tanner’s fieldwork on the “Lord God Bird” in the late 1930s.

This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.

February 1st AGT Meeting Speaker

Delonda Anderson

Delonda tells us about her experiences growing up in Appalachia in poverty, while being drawn to write at a very young age. She is the founder of, a website focusing on Appalachian life and stories about it. Her organization accepts submissions and holds contests for writers.

Remembering Victoria (Vicki) Bennett

7/24/51 – 11/10/23

Vicki was born in Columbus City, Indiana, but also lived in Georgia, Texas, and Tennessee. She was first employed as a Medical Technologist and held several other positions in healthcare before earning a law degree at age 36. As she said, “Someone told me I wasn’t tough enough to do it, and that was all it took!” After practicing law for a few years, she went back to hospital work and ended her career as a Risk Manager for a pediatric hospital.

After many years of technical and legal writing, Vicki took some creative writing courses and joined a group of writers who met monthly to critique one another’s work. Her book, Ghosts of the Cove is based on two interwoven stories that take the reader from the Civil War to the present while sharing some of the history and folklore of the Appalachian Mountains and the spirit of the people who settled them.

Vicki joined the Authors Guild of Tennessee in 2020 and enjoyed participating in as many shows and meetings as she was able while being on chemotherapy for long periods. Vicki was loved for her cheerful disposition, sweet nature, and her kindness to everyone. We will miss her.

A memorial service will be held in the new year. Vaughn Funeral Home in Sweetwater handled the cremation and has posted her obituary.


Bobbi Phelps Chapman’s New Book

Africa – On My Own and Unafraid


Eager to taste adventure at age 24, Bobbi traveled to East and Southern Africa in 1967. She had been an international flight attendant but wanted to explore more of the world and at her own pace. The continent of Africa beckoned her.

In this inspiring memoir, Bobbi tells of the joys of seeing lions and elephants as well as zebras and giraffes, all close by in the savannah grasslands. She witnessed tribal Natives in their bright robes, their bodies decorated with colorful beads. For she was lucky to explore Africa when tourism was young.

Climbing Mt. Kilimanljaro five years later allowed Bobbi to experience tropical farmlands, a rainforest, an alpine meadow, a high-altitude desert, and a polar extreme, all within a few days. Join her as she describes the climb.

Kaye George’s New Books


Three books of author Kaye George have been recently released.

Click the covers below to get more information on them.

Monthly Meetings

AGT Monthly Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month

From: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

At: Faith Lutheran Church, 225 Jamestown Blvd, Farragut, Tennessee

Check our News & Events section the week prior to get more information on our topics and guest speaker.