The Southern Pen Bookshop is excited to announce its sponsorship of the Monroe Walton Center for the Arts (MWCA). The MWCA is located inside the old post office building at 205 S. Broad Street in downtown Monroe, Georgia. The charm of the interior is warm and inviting to allow creativity to flow. It is not uncommon to be greeted with the buzz of classes being taught, wanders perusing through a current show, or shoppers finding that unique gift made by many of the artisans represented in the gift shop.
Author Barbara Barth has help bring the literary arts to the center with the founding of The Walton Writers group, starting Write-In Mondays, creating a Book Nook, and holding Open Mic Night for Authors the second Saturday of each month.
MWCA provided the perfect venue for The Southern Pen Bookshop to hold the launch party for Marlene Ratledge Buchanan's debut book, Life is Hard - Soften It with Laughter. TSP sponsored the Open Mic Night last December and several of the shop's authors participated.
The arts center will be the venue for the After Conference Social Hour that concludes the writers conference on May 18th. This event is hosted by the Walton Writers group and offers attendees a social atmosphere to network with each other before attending the 2019 Georgia Independent Author of the Year award banquet.
Our partnership with MWCA is one that opens a lot of opportunities for The Southern Pen Bookshop, our authors, and for the arts center. When we first opened our "little bookshop" last August in the Monroe Mercantile, the overwhelming response from independent authors to become a part of our family has been a welcomed blessing with some growing pains. Because of our limited space, we have been constrained to the number of authors that can participate in an event. Also, because we share space with other vendors, there have been times when we could not host an event due to scheduling conflicts.
Our partnership with MWCA will allow us the space to have multi-author events, host monthly events such as Book Trivia Night, Deaf Socials, and offer classes. While our "little bookshop" will remain in its currently location and we will continue to host single author events at the bookshop, we are excited to have this opportunity to be able to offer larger events through the arts center. Opportunity abounds when businesses supports each other.