GWA Events


For nine months of the year, the Georgia Writers Association hosts 2-hour writers workshops that focus on some aspect of the writing life: craft, finding an agent, publishing, marketing, and so much more. Past speakers have included Raymond Atkins, Karen White, River Jordan, Jeffrey Stepakoff, and many more. If you are interested in speaking at a workshop, please click here to fill out the application. Directions are on the form.

Spring 2017 Schedule

January 21 | Rona Simmons: Growing Your Story

KSU Center, Room 300 from 12:00 to 2:00 PM

February 18 | Karin Gillespie: Novel Structure

KSU Center, Room 300 from 12:00 to 2:00 PM

March 18 | Ginger Sinton: Self Publishing 

KSU Center, Room 300 from 12:00 to 2:00 PM

April 22 | Jarmea Paden: A Beginner’s Guide to Creating a Money-Making Blog

KSU Center, Room 300 from 12:00 to 2:00 PM

May 13 | Val Mathews: Fall in Love with Your Characters (and Your Readers Will, Too)

KSU Center, Room 300 from 12:00 to 2:00 PM

Annual Events

Other annual events include the Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA) and the Red Clay Writers Conference. GAYA is an annual award that honors authors published in the previous calendar year. The awards cover thirteen categories in both fiction and nonfiction genres. Each year, one winner and one finalist are selected from each category and announced at the GAYA banquet and ceremony. Additionally, the Red Clay Writers Conference is an all-day event that is comprised of multiple workshops that cover topics such as writing, marketing, and publishing.

Red Clay Writers Conference

Georgia Author of the Year Awards

Saturday, November 18, 2017 Saturday, June 3, 2017
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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  1. Checking calendar re Fall workshops – Will try to attend Sep & Oct, subject to my current travel schedule, but should make Nov & Dec. My first book getting published at Deeds Publishing and pushing to complete sequel, as well. Sure glad I’m retired. 🤓

    Already put Red Clay & GAYA on my calendar for 2017.

  2. Thank you to all who braved the rain and attended my January workshop on Growing Your Story. If you missed something or have questions you’d like to follow up on, please don’t hesitate to let me know.
    Email me at
    See you soon at another event.

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