Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative
What Is The Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative?
The Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative (SELTI) is a blog written by Patrick Brian Miller. He writes fictional short stories about real places to help promote tourism. Patrick Brian Miller is a very talented writer and spends a great deal of time researching the location before his writing begins. He adds photos throughout that enhance the story and illustrates the fact that he is talking about a real place.Following the fictional short story, Patrick Brian Miller provides a Travel Guide with links to existing websites about the location. In one blog post, he manages to bring a location to life with this very inviting form of tourism.
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SELTI is an organization that promotes tourism through literature.
Who Is Patrick Brian Miller?
Founder of the Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative
Patrick Brian Miller, founder of the Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative, is a freelance writer from Montgomery, Alabama.Interview With Patrick Brian MillerWhat is Literary Tourism?Tourism that grows up around the settings and inspirations of literature. This is a way for fans to "step into the story" and discover a physical connection to the work they love. The homes and haunts of famous writers, such as Faulkner and Fitzgerald, also tend to generate lots of tourism. Has it worked before? John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil has a sustained, significant impact on Savannah's tourism industry that is still felt today.Who came up with the idea of the Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative?One of my short stories, "The Last Confession," was inspired by Cahawba, Alabama. That story was published in an anthology called Southern Gothic Shorts by PJM Publishing, which also included the non-tourism work of nine other short fiction writers. I wrote a travel guide for the story with internet links and suggested that the publisher put the tourism guide online at his website. He did, and it worked so well, I decided: why not keep doing this with lots of towns and stories? But the new version, SELTI, is entirely online so it can move faster.What do you hope to accomplish through your short stories?I hope to build a "team" of writers around the Southeast to introduce fans everywhere to unique and intriguing places to travel through the inspirations of literature. My partner, Patricia Neely-Dorsey, has worked to improve the site tremendously, and I couldn't do this without her help. SELTI is not a venue for just my stories; I want lots of submissions from different places and different writers. How much fun would it be for literary fans to actually go visit the places that they read about? This project will link together so many places and states, offering fans new inspirations every couple of weeks or so.How would someone become involved in the Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative?Writers can submit short works through email at email@example.com.Fans can join SELTI simply by clicking on the Follow link in the top left. They will be prompted to create a username and password for a free Google account. The whole process takes about a minute at most. Then, whenever they log into Blogger, they can see updates on all their favorite blogs and post comments under their username. I follow many other Blogs myself in this way.How and when did you begin writing?Writing has always been a passion for me. I remember writing stories when I was seven, long before the internet. I also worked as an editor and writer for my college newspaper.What advice do you give someone interested in becoming a writer?Read the classics; there's a reason they're still in print. Do not write simply for your own entertainment; try to always keep in mind that you're writing for others (even if no one is reading your work). In other words, never assume that others see the story in their head just like you do. Don't allow the story to be much better in your head than it actually is on paper (or on the monitor). Listen to constructive advice, but know that you can never satisfy everyone.
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Novels are often forms of Literary Tourism - Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil is a prime example.
Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil has done much for tourism in Savannah Ga.Review of Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil From Publishers WeeklyAfter discovering in the early 1980s that a super-saver fare to Savannah, Ga., cost the same as an entrée in a nouvelle Manhattan restaurant, Esquire columnist Berendt spent the next eight years flitting between Savannah and New York City. The result is this collection of smart, sympathetic observations about his colorful Southern neighbors, including a jazz-playing real estate shark; a sexually adventurous art student; the Lady Chablis (' "What was your name before that?" I asked. "Frank," she said.' "); the gossipy Married Woman's Card Club; and an assortment of aging Southern belles. The book is also about the wealthy international antiques dealer Jim Williams, who played an active role in the historic city's restoration--and would also be tried four times for the 1981 shooting death of 21-year-old Danny Handsford, his high-energy, self-destructive house helper. The Williams trials--he died in 1990 of a heart attack at age 59--are lively matches between dueling attorneys fought with shifting evidence, and they serve as both theme and anchor to Berendt's illuminating and captivating travelogue.Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Southern Gothic Shorts - Collection of Short Stories
Patrick Brian Miller's short story about Cahawba, Alabama is included in this book of Short Stories.
Patrick also writes: Blind Fate is an exclusive Kindle edition that allows readers to visit the tourism sites that inspired the settings through web links embedded directly into the novel. This feature makes the Kindle uniquely suited for tourism fiction. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download Kindle for PC in minutes for free and then have access to the massive Kindle library. Every Kindle book allows potential readers to preview a portion of the novel before purchasing.
Patrick Brian Miller writes a Novel, Blind Fate, which is available as a Kindle Exclusive - Tourism web sites are embedded in the text
Patrick describes his novel:Blind Fate is a suspense novel that dares the reader to experience a world without sight through the unique "perspective" of Melody Harper, a blind violinist who finds herself in a very dangerous situation.The settings of Blind Fate include some of the finest attractions in the River Region of Montgomery, Alabama, including the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (both pictured below), Jasmine Hill Gardens and Outdoor Museum in Wetumpka, the Legends golf course in Prattville, and the riverfront entertainment district in downtown Montgomery, to name a few.
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Thank you, Brian!
Ohme, this lens is such a wonderful introduction to SELTI that I have put a link to it on SELTI's main page. With any luck, that will also lead more people to read the short story there "Ohme" and further promote your wonderful town of Pendleton, SC. Squidoo fans: you have a very active and interesting writing community. Ohme introduced me to Squidoo, and I have been a fan ever since.
This is the only book I found that had "Literary Tourism" in the title.
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Amazon's Editorial Review
Product DescriptionThis book offers both an introduction to the vibrant field of literary tourism studies and a selection of cutting-edge cross-disciplinary research. Indispensable for students and scholars of nineteenth-century literature and culture, it provides fascinating insights into the reception of, among others, Shakespeare, Dickens, Byron and Wordsworth.About the AuthorNICOLA J. WATSON has taught at Oxford, Harvard and Northwestern, and is currently Senior Lecturer in Literature at the Open University, UK. Her publications include Revolution and the Form of the British Novel, 1790-1825 (1993), England's Elizabeth: An Afterlife in Fame and Fantasy (with Michael Dobson, 2002) and The Literary Tourist (2006).
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Literary Trails Of North Carolina - written by Georgann Eubanks
This book focuses on Western North Carolina and comes in Large Print or Standard Print. It is the one of the first State Literary Tourism Guides according to Patrick Brian Miller. Patrick Brian Miller is looking forward to writing about this wonderful book and featuring it on Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative's Blog.
Please visit the official website of Literary Trails Of North Carolina:
Literary Trails Of North Carolina Official Website
The official website of Literary Trails of North Carolina states that this book invites visitors to explore the North Carolina mountains through the creative writings of the contributing authors. Georgann Eubanks was commissioned by the North Carolina Arts Council to research and write this guide which features the works of 170 authors.
Purchase Patricia Neely-Dorsey's Book of Poems Here - Reflections Of A Mississippi Magnolia
Patricia Neely-Dorsey is a true Southerner writing very positive uplifting poetry about her beloved South. Of course, Patricia is a little partial to Mississippi.
When I first read a few of Patricia's poems, I knew that I had to own this beautiful book. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it over and over again. It also makes a wonderful gift for any of your Southern friends and family.