T. Geronimo “Nimo” Johnson, 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award finalist for Hold It ‘Til It Hurts, will be speaking, reading, and answering your questions on Thursday, April 24 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the Prillaman Hall at Kennesaw State University. This event, sponsored by the KSU English Department and, in part, by the Georgia Writers Association, is free to attend. Click the link below to download for more information.
Have you always wanted to write a book but didn’t know how to get started? Do you have ideas of what the book is about but have no clue where to begin?
If you answered yes, than “Writing Your Own Story” is a workshop designed just for you! Margaret Johnson-Hodge will present writing exercises, explain writing techniques and share tips on the do’s and don’t’s of writing. The workshop offers plenty of hands-on and you will be writing by the time the workshop is over.
The workshop will be held on Saturday, May 10, at the KSU Center (3333 Busbee Rd, Kennesaw) from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Margaret is the national best-selling author of eleven published novels, contributor to three anthologies, including the highly successful “Proverbs of the People,” and author of a chapbook. She has received national acclaim and garnered rave reviews from US Today, The Dallas Morning Star, Midwest Book Review, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, The Library Journal, The Quarterly Black Review, Essence Magazine, and Ebony Magazine.
Born and raised in New York, Margaret no longer lives there, but New York is where her heart remains. She continues to craft stories about the great city in which she grew up and looks forward to telling more of them. Writing is truly her life. “There is always some story inside of me” is how she sees it, “and I just try and get it told…”
Her works have been described as “visceral,” “brutally honest,” and “refreshing.” She sees her characters as onions to be peeled. Her job is to slowly go through those layers, revealing all that they are and aren’t, in the process, getting to their “truths”—the good, the bad, and the sometimes ugly, but always authentic, and always real.
Welcome to the new website of the Georgia Writers Association. It is our goal to create an online community that offers valuable resources for writers, including quality content and a directory of professionals in the writing community. Over the next months, you will see a variety of articles on the writing and publishing process; listings of editors, freelance writers, book cover artists, agents, publishers, and bookstores; news and updates on events for writers around Georgia; recordings of our monthly workshops; and an archive of past workshop handouts and Georgia Authority newsletters. We appreciate your patience as we transfer content to our new site.
During this transition, we will also suspend the purchase of new memberships so that we can focus on building our resources. If you are a member, you will continue to receive discounts to writers workshops and events until your membership expires. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this may cause.
Our goal is to offer the best benefits possible to our writers. By starting with our online community, we can offer quality content, resources, benefits, and so much more. Thank you all for understanding, and we hope you will continue to participate both online and at our monthly writers workshops.
“Loss can transform the stories that we expected of our lives.We’re not always just who we used to be, and our lives no longer follow the path we’d intended. But shaping what we know into narrative is one of the oldest ways we humans have made sense of our world.” – Jessica Handler, www.jessicahandler.com
Saturday, March 15 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Decatur Public Library
In this workshop, Jessica Handler, author of Braving the Fire and Invisible Sisters, will share with attendees her success with writing about grief and trauma. While retelling a painful or otherwise traumatic past can be a cathartic experience, workshop attendees will also learn ways to communicate these experiences in a way that creates a powerful connection with the reader.
Jessica Handler is the author of Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief (St. Martin’s Griffin, December 2013.) Her first book, Invisible Sisters: A Memoir (Public Affairs, 2009) is one of the “25 Books All Georgians Should Read.” Her nonfiction has appeared on NPR, in Tin House, Drunken Boat, Brevity, Newsweek, The Washington Post and More Magazine. Honors include residencies at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, a 2010 Emerging Writer Fellowship from The Writers Center, the 2009 Peter Taylor Nonfiction Fellowship, and special mention for a 2008 Pushcart Prize.
This event is free and open to the public, and will be held at the Decatur Public Library from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
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