Georgia: Writers’ Groups–Classes, Conferences, Critique Groups, Meetings, Workshops

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A Capella Books  208 Haralason Ave. NE, Atlanta 30307. 404-681-5128.

Athens Writers Workshop

Bi-monthly critiques, meetings. Must be  a member.

Atlanta Fulton County Public Library,

The Buckhead Writers Group: Buckhead Branch Library/  Small Conference Room/  269 Buckhead Avenue, N.E./ Atlanta 30305

Do you have the desire to write a novel or play? The Buckhead Writers Group might be of interest to you. Novice to Experienced. Be inspired to write. Share your writings with other participants  Give and receive critiques. Share information regarding the writing and publishing industry.   All programs are free and open to the public. Facilitated by Anita Lovely  For reservations send an email to

Northeast/Spruill Oaks Branch Library  /  Teen Center/  9560 Spruill Road/  Alpharetta 30022

Sundays for Teens Series: NESO Writers Club for Teens– On the fourth Sunday of the month beloved NESO writing tutor Sarah Calhoun leads a monthly workshop on writing and all that goes into it: the structure, motivation, inspiration and love. Teens are encouraged to bring in pieces that they working on for presentation and group discussion. This is an evolving group and teens are welcome to present their own ideas for what they would like to get out of it. In the Teen Center. Ages 12-18. Registration required. Free. Contact: or  770-360-8820.

Atlanta Press Club, 200 Peachtree St., Atlanta 30303, 404-577-7377,

Atlanta Radio Theatre Company

The Atlanta Radio Theatre Company (ARTC /, founded in 1984, is seeking writers to create radio plays to be performed live at events such as Dragon*Con, recorded for broadcast, and also sold in digital formats. ARTC specializes in genre stories–including science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, and horror, as well as some mystery and romance–that are dialog-driven and do not rely on extensive narration. If you are interested in writing for ARTC, they recommend starting with a 5-10-minute radio play that you can workshop with them, doing a reading and receiving critiques, before advancing to longer scripts. Foley technicians who do the sound effects for productions also are needed. ARTC meets most Wednesday evenings at 7:30 in Stone Mountain. To schedule a date to workshop your radio play, or to sit in on a rehearsal of a current production, please contact

Atlanta Writers Club , Georgia Perimeter College, Bldg. NC, Room 1100 Auditorium

Monthly Meetings:

Other events:

Fiction Online Critique Group: Open to AWC members, all genres of fiction. In order to join, send a request to Lianne Simon at stating that you are an AWC member, and she will send an invitation.


Barnes and Noble

Buckhead, 2900 Peachtree Rd. NE, Ste. 310, Atlanta 30305, 404-261-7747, Edgewood, Edgewood Retail District, 1217 Caroline Street at Moreland Ave, Atlanta 30307, 404-522-0212Edgewood Writers Group: Join other writers for a discussion about writing and publishing. Share ideas and help each other overcome the problems faced when trying to create a literary masterpiece! Call store for information.

The Forum on Peachtree Parkway, 5141 Peachtree Parkway, Norcross 30092, 770-209-4244. Every Tuesday at 7 p.m.—The Forum Writers’ Workshop: Join host Harmon Snipes to discuss the writing and publishing process. Everyone  welcome.  Email the with questions. 
Mansell Crossing, 7660 Northpoint Parkway Ste 200, Alpharetta 30022, 770-993-8340.
The North Point Barnes & Noble Writers Critique Group Writing Group:  every second Thursday.
African-American Writers’ Workshop:  meets the last Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm.
Southlake, 1939 Mount Zion Road, Morrow 30260, 770-471-2227:
Wordsmith Writers of Clayton County: Join author M.J.Kane as she facilitates discussions with aspiring or published fiction writers. Receive advice on becoming published or how to put your ideas on paper.
Book Exchange, 2031 Canton Rd., Marietta 30066, 770-427-4848
Books for Less, Mall of Georgia
The Bowers House Writers Guild, 100 Depot Street PO Box 74, CanonGA 30520, 706-498-6970.
The Bowers House Writers Guild offers encouragement to local and visiting writers whose writing covers a range of genres: local and personal history, personal memoir, adult and juvenile poetry, book reviews, journalism, newspaper and magazine articles, short stories, essays, how-to books, fiction and non-fiction. The Guild provides members the opportunity to meet writers with similar interests, to meet together, to become good friends or to enjoy the company of friendly acquaintances.
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Rd. NE, Atlanta  30306,  404-872-5338.
Numerous classes in creative writing, fiction and nonfiction, Fall and Winter quarters. See link for catalog.
Charis Books and More, 1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta 30307, 404-524-0304,
Making Space: A Community Writing Group for Activists, Healers, and Every Day Heroes: A writing group for those of us who work, move or spend time serving others through human service and community professions (psychologists, educators, social workers, etc). Here, we will use writing as a means for deepening our understandings of our private and public journeys, our relationships, work and how we make space for ourselves (or don’t) in the midst of it all. This is Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary Program. The suggested donation is $10.

“Welcome to the Wordy South” : Blog, writers conference. (Site seems not to be updated.)

David Fulmer Writing Workshop , The Reading Room at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 2076 N. Decatur Rd, Decatur, 404-486-0307

David Fulmer Pitch Workshop –The Reading Room of Eagle Eye Books, 2076  N. Decatur Rd., Decatur, 404-486-0307,

Down Home Writing School, Marietta Museum of History


The Down Home Writing School (DHWS) offers seminars for writers working in any genre and at any level. But the DHWS delivers something different: Lauretta’s Down Home Approach. Think about it. When you go down home, you’re surrounded by the people who will tell you the truth, help you along, and send you off with what you need. That is what Lauretta (Hannon) will do for you.

TBAThe Seven Questions That Will Revolutionize Your Writing

Go straight to the heart of the matter as we explore the most critical lessons and solutions for your writing project. Expect to be energized and inspired by this lively, thought-provoking experience. This seminar is suitable for writers working in any genre and at any level.

Attendees of this three-hour seminar will receive a workbook, resource packet, and list of recommended readings. Once the seminar has concluded, we’ll head next door to Hemingway’s for a libation and continued discussion.

More info and registration details here:

Emory University, 540 Asbury Circle NE, Atlanta 30322,

Emory Continuing Education–Writing classes–memoir, flash fiction, novel, publishing how-tos, more. Spring, summer, fall. See 

FoxTale Books,  105 East Main Street, #138, Woodstock 30188, 

Georgia Center for the Book, DeKalb County Public Library, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur 30030. (404) 370-8450 x 2225.

Georgia Writers Association, Workshops, conferences.

Headquartered in Kennesaw. 

Each month, the Georgia Writers Association hosts 2-hour writers workshops that focus on some aspect of the writing life: craft, finding an agent, publishing, marketing, etc.  Past speakers include Raymond Atkins, Karen White, River Jordan, Jeffrey Stepakoff, and many more! See web site.

Georgia Writers Museum

The Georgia Writers Museum focuses on promoting the rich, literary heritage of the state. Of the 46 authors in the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, nine are from within 30 miles of Putnam County. Permanent exhibits honor the three most famous local authors, Alice Walker, Flannery O’Connor and Joel Chandler Harris. Works and artifacts of the other authors will be featured in the museum on a rotation basis.

Our mission is to promote tourism and literary heritage by providing a venue to showcase the lives, accomplishments and works of local authors.

Georgia Writers’ Registry This  site seems to be just what the name says,  a registry of Georgia writers who are available for workshops, lectures, etc.’+Registry/277.html

Gwinnett Public Library, Suwanee branch: 361 Main Street Suwanee, GA. www.gwinnettpl.org770-978-5154

Lost in the Letters ,,  Burn Away and the Goat Farm Arts Center. “Lostintheletters is an Atlanta based literary organization. We host a bi-monthly reading series, writing workshops and the annual Letters Festival.”

MJCC (Marcus Jewish Community Center), Zaban Park, 5324 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody 30338,

The Milton Literary Group, Bethwell Community Center, 2695 Hopewell Rd. Milton, GA 30004

For more information contact Wayne Boston, Community Builder for the City of Milton at 678-242-2500 or Rona Simmons at

Northeast Georgia Writers,

Regular meetings are held at 1:00 pm on the first Wednesday of each month at the Peach State Bank, 325 Washington Street, Gainesville, GA, 3rd Floor. 

Ossabaw Island Writers’ Retreat is happy to announce the opening of applications for our three-day weekend retreat, The 2016 Halloween Writer’s Bash. Held October 28-October 30, 2016, the retreat will feature workshops and seminars led by our nationally recognized faculty, and evening readings (special emphasis on ghost stories) by faculty and participants.

WORKSHOP PARTICIPATION: $1095 tuition covers three days and two nights lodging, meals, manuscript consultations with nationally recognized authors, craft seminars, readings and ferried transportation to the island.

Savannah Writers Group  

Meetings, workshops, critique groups in Savannah. We meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday.

SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design), Ivy Hall Writing Center, 179 Ponce de Leon Ave., NE, Atlanta, and SCAD Events Space, 4th Flr, Blg. C, 1600 Peachtree St. NW.

SCBWI (Southern Breeze)

SCBWI isn’t just for people who create children’s literature. It’s for anyone who loves children’s literature. Come to one of our events, and you’ll learn what’s happening in the industry as you connect with editors, agents, writers, and illustrators, on a local and national level, all working toward the same goal: getting the best new literature published and into readers’ hands.

Our Annual Conferences: Both Springmingle, (held in February or March in Decatur, Georgia), and WIK, (held in October in Birmingham, Alabama), offer attendees the opportunity to display portfolios, sell and autograph their Published and Listed books, network with industry professionals, and receive private manuscript and portfolio critiques. Additionally, both provide time for attendees to meet in informal critique groups to receive feedback and suggestions for revision on a manuscript, or illustration portfolio – many unique opportunities to give your career a boost!

Secrets of the Zona Rosa: How Writing (and Sisterhood) Can Change Women’s Lives by Rosemary Daniell

To schedule a workshop, or have Rosemary speak to your group, please  contact

Southeastern Writers

SWA is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting writers across the southeast through access to education and training, peer support, and resources. Founded in 1975, our membership is comprised of a diverse group of writers from more than twelve Southern and Mid-Atlantic states who represent a variety of genres, styles, and levels of experience, but who are bound by a common passion for the written word.

Verbaleyze Writers Cooperative,

Verbaleyze is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit that serves to foster, promote and support the growth and professional development of emerging writers ages 13 to 22. For more information, email us at .

Vouched Books Atlanta,

Vouched Books exists to promote small press literature, including by staging its own readings (Vouched Presents), to demonstrate that literature “didn’t stop in the 70s or 80s, or even the 20s or 30s.” See website for more information.

Wordsmith Writers of Clayton County, Barnes and Noble Southlake Mall, 1939 Mount Zion Road, Morrow, GA 30260, 770-471-2227

Writing group: Join author M.J.Kane as she facilitates discussions with aspiring or published fiction writers. Receive advice on becoming published or how to put your ideas on paper. Look forward to seeing you there!
Writers Meetups/ near Atlanta

This site seems to be a sort of online bulletin board for writers looking for other writers. Also notices for songwriters, screenwriters, etc.  Example: Creative Souls Focus Group.

3 thoughts on “Georgia: Writers’ Groups–Classes, Conferences, Critique Groups, Meetings, Workshops

  1. Greetings: looking for an ongoing, guided writers workshop in or near Marietta, GA, where writers share their work and the work is critiqued week by week.
    Any ideas?

  2. Pingback: Resources for writers | Visions and Revisions

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