Brief History of The Georgia Writers Association(GWA)
Founded in 1994 by writers Geri Taran and Anthony Grooms, and literary agent Susan L. Graham, the association sponsors conferences, seminars, monthly writing workshops are held on the 2nd or 3rd Saturday of most months on the campus of Kennesaw State University. Taran served as executive director until 2006, when she was succeeded by Ralph T. Wilson. The Georgia Writers Association is currently housed in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA.
GWA sponsors the annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA). Shortly after its founding, the Georgia Writers Association assumed responsibility for the awards, which were first given in 1964 by the Dixie Council of Authors and Journalists. Commercially and independently published authors from Georgia are eligible for nomination. Awards in a variety of categories are announced and presented in June at the GAYA ceremony.