Event NOV 6, 2017
Over 40 people and 6 published authors were present for 4th Annual Writer’s Guilds Awards. “We’re so proud of her,” The parents of winner Cheyenne Irby said. Students and adults submitted short stories and poetry to be judged by local officials and published authors.

Author Elizabeth Raven spoke about her experience as a working mother trying to find time to write. “It’s hard to find time. I’m an introvert in a family of extroverts. But when you’re doing something you love it’snot work.”

Local author Tom Strait presented the awards and many authors chose to read some of their pieces to those in attendance. After the presentation participants were able to meet some of the local authors and talk to them one on one about their experience.

Author Winfield H. Strock and president of the Camden Quill talked about the importance of finding fellow writers to get feedback from. “Your local writer’s guild is a great opportunity for writers and readers, young and old, to help each other expand their craft.”

The Writer Awards are sponsored by the Okefenokee Heritage Center Writer’s Guild. They meet every 2nd Tuesday at 7:00 PM at the Heritage Center in Waycross.

“You can’t meet an author and not get them to sign your book,” Waycross native Jackson Bowman and winner in the student story section said.


Picture 1 – Winners gathered November 5th to receive their awards for the 4th Annual Writers Guild Awards
Picture 2 – Author Elizabeth Raven spoke about time management and what inspires her to write historical fiction about St. Augustine.


Fourth Annual Writer’ Contest 2017 Winners

Secondary Story
1st Place: Cheyenne Irby “The Tall Man”
2nd Place: Jacee Lane Waters “The New Girl”
3rd Place: Jackson Bowman “His Ramshackle Mind”
Judge’s Prize: Destiny Neloms “Help! I Yelp Help”

Secondary Poetry
1st Place: Cheyenne Irby “A Lover Of”
2nd Place: Maria Manabat “The Home That I Have Grown to Love”

Adult Story
1st Place: Cristina Relyea “A Break”
2nd Place: Clint Bowman “A Touch of the Past”
3rd Place: J. W. Parr “Crossroads End”
Judge’s Prize: Elizabeth Welch “Pieces”

Adult Poetry
1st Place: Elizabeth Welch “Numbers”
2nd Place: Cristina Relyea “What You Taught Me”
3rd Place: Linda Sullivan “Pool Rule”
Judge’s Prize: Tom Strait “I Stand Alone”

42nd Annual Judge Ben Smith Art Competition

The Okefenokee Heritage Center is proud to host the 42nd annual Judge Ben Smith Art Competition. Contestants can enter 2 pieces in the categories of Painting, Graphic Design, 3-Dimensional, and Photography. This year artists of every age, professional or amateur, are welcome to attend.

OHC Yoga Classes

The Okefenokee Heritage Center is proud to host a yoga class focused on healing. Teacher Mary Lewis, a registered teacher with the yoga alliance, will begin teaching Saturday, September 8th, from 11 am – 12 pm. “I want to take away some of the stigma of yoga. This...

Paint & Sip

Muralist and teacher, Angela Carstens, will be teaching an art class at the Okefenokee Heritage Center September 8th. From 2 pm - 4 pm students can be introduced to the world of art and leave with a masterpiece. "We really wanted to bring art to everyone, and what...

Summer of the Arts

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Okee Arts Fest UPDATE!

SEPT 22, 2018
This is the second annual Festival of the Arts and will be held from 9:00 – 2:00 on September 22, at the City Hall, Downtown Waycross. Our Okee Arts Fest is all about celebrating the different and numerous artists we have in the Okefenokee area.

Art Summer Camps UPDATE!

July 2018
The Okefenokee Heritage Center is proud to host our annual Art Camp for students ages 5-16.