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 invited authors have included Anjali Enjeti, Sumita Chakraborty, Kerry Neville, and others. Our workshops are held at Elevator Factory, 437 Memorial Dr. SE, A-2, Atlanta, GA 30312.

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.

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An Evening with Chelsea Rathburn, Georgia’s Poet Laureate

March 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Join us for An Evening with Chelsea Rathburn, the Georgia Poet Laureate. This special evening will include readings and discussion.

Chelsea Rathburn

Chelsea Rathburn is the author of three full-length poetry collections, most recently Still Life with Mother and Knife, a New York Times “New & Noteworthy” book released by Louisiana State University Press in February 2019. Rathburn’s first full-length collection, The Shifting Line, won the 2005 Richard Wilbur Award, and her second collection, A Raft of Grief, was published by Autumn House Press in 2013.

Rathburn’s poems have appeared in PoetryThe Atlantic MonthlyThe New RepublicThe Southern ReviewNew England Review, and Ploughshares, among others. In 2009, she received a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Born and raised in Florida, Rathburn has lived in Georgia since 2001. She currently lives in Macon with her husband, the poet James Davis May, and their daughter. She is a professor at Mercer University, and since 2019, she has served as the Poet Laureate of Georgia.

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March 31
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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