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"Scribblers" Nonfiction Writers Welcome Intellectual Property Attorney


Watkinsville, GA – The Scribblers nonfiction writing group, welcomed Deborah Gonzalez, Esq., Of Counsel to Timmons, Warnes & Anderson, LLP, Athens, Georgia, where she leads their Intellectual Property Practice Area focusing on copyright, art, music, and entertainment law. Atlanta legal nurse consultant Liz Buddenhagen introduced Gonzalez at the January 25, 2011 Scribblers meeting..

About the presentation:

Attorney Gonzalez focused her talk on legal issues a nonfiction writer may encounter in the pursuit of being published, such as copyright, defamation/libel, invasion of privacy/publicity rights, and scams. “Copyright is a bundle of rights grounded in the U.S. Constitution, and protects original works of authorship in a fixed medium,” said Gonzalez. “Copyright covers both published, and unpublished works.”

The Scribblers furiously scribbled notes, and hung onto every word the lawyer spoke, as she endeavored into the realms of social media, podcasts, iTunes, You Tube, and avenues of current print, internet writing, and creative outlets.

Regarding scams, Gonzalez discussed the pros and cons of hiring an agent, and writing contests. She advised screening writing seminars, and workshops carefully, and mentioned self publishing available at Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. Gonzalez recommended as a resource the book “The Street Smart Writer” by Jenna Glazer and Daniel Steven.

About the Scribblers:

The Scribblers meet at Jittery Joes coffee house in Watkinsville, Georgia, twice a month to exchange written pieces with each other for critiques. The group formed in March 2010 following a nonfiction writing class given by retired University of Georgia journalism professor Wally Eberhard, at the Oconee Arts and Cultural Foundation. Finding themselves congenial, and their aspirations to publish nonfiction articles a common goal, the group has achieved a high rate of being published by various northeast Georgia publications over the last year.

What is a legal nurse doing in a place like this?

Liz Buddenhagen, Atlanta legal nurse consultant, and registered nurse, enjoys the group in an effort to improve her writing skills used in her freelance, independent legal nurse consulting business. “I find I write quite a bit in my business – both for marketing purposes, and for summaries and reports for my Atlanta attorney clients,” she says. Buddenhagen talks about the great respect she has for her Scribbler colleagues, their writing, and Professor Eberhard. “This group has been pure pleasure for me to belong to – I look forward to every meeting.”

About legal nurse consulting:

Buddenhagen is a thirty year clinical hospital nurse who has been assisting Atlanta attorneys with the medical aspects of their legal cases for five years. For more information visit, email, or call 770-725-2997.


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