I have worked in and around the publishing industry for nearly thirty years and am the author of the critically-acclaimed bestseller The Hidden Light of Northern Fires published by St. Martin’s Press. I founded and ran the Decatur Book Festival, the largest literary event in the Southeast. I’ve worked with writers to craft stories for publication with outlets as diverse as the big five to small literary journals. My freelance clients include Atlanta Journal-Constitution, National Public Radio, The Saporta Report, Emory University, WABE-FM, Agnes Scott College, Paste Magazine, and The Bitter Southerner.
I am also the founder of the Decatur Writers Studio, an important resource for writers and writing in the Atlanta area.
Writing can be lonely work, so I really enjoy collaboration. I look forward to working with an author to suss out the heart of a project, and expand the narrative from there. I like to work at a steady pace, and keep my clients in the loop.
Award-winning writer, editor, content manager, and community leader with over twenty years spanning freelance journalism, special event production, public radio hosting and production. Author of the critically-acclaimed bestseller The Hidden Light of Northern Fires published in hardcover, paperback, audio, and large print. Attracted local, regional, and national press coverage. Twenty-years of freelance writing experience spanning print media, specialized publications, web, and radio with an emphasis on quality, accuracy, and clarity. Researched, storyboarded, outlined, and drafted stories for national outlets in both print and radio.
Founder and Executive Director (2005 - 2017) of the Decatur Book Festival, leading overall vision, strategy, branding, social media, public relations, operations, logistics, and partnerships for an annual multi-venue event. Oversaw $450K marketing budget and supervised three paid staff and 1000 volunteers. Negotiated partnerships with Emory University, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, AT&T, DeKalb Medical, and Georgia Power. Grew event to become the fastest growing and one of the 10 largest literary events in the US with 85,000 attendees in 2017 and a website reaching 1M+ season users.
"Splendid—a distinctive clear-eyed perspective on a fresh corner of the Civil War." —Charles Frazier, New York Times bestselling author of Cold Mountain"A wise and timely book." —Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of SerenaRooted in the history of the only secessionist town north of the Mason Dixon Line, Daren Wang's The Hidden Light of Northern Fires tells a story of redemption amids... read more
Fiction, poetry, and music come together to create something new: Verb. Original stories and poems you won't find anywhere else, by the best writers in the country, brought to you in an innovative format. Verb is the ancient oral tradition and the venerable literary magazine combined into a fresh new package: the audioquarterly.Our inaugural issue features many of the top writers in the countr... read more
"Splendid―a distinctive clear-eyed perspective on a fresh corner of the Civil War." ―Charles Frazier, New York Times bestselling author of Cold Mountain"A wise and timely book." ―Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of SerenaRooted in the history of the only secessionist town north of the Mason Dixon Line, Daren Wang's The Hidden Light of Northern Fires tells a story of redemption amids... read more
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