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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Cliterati Open Mic: featuring Gregg Shapiro & Collin Kelley

August 15, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Suggested donation $5

Charis and Cliterati pair up the third Thursday of each month to present an inviting and fierce open mic & reading series that celebrates new voices and seasoned veterans alike. Co-hosted by Karen G. and Theresa Davis, all are welcome to come and share their work. This month’s Cliterati features Gregg Shapiro and Collin Kelley Gregg Shapiro is the author of the 2019 chapbooks, More Poems About Buildings and Food (Souvenir Spoon Books), published in February, and Sunshine State (NightBallet Press), due out in August. His chapbook Fifty Degrees (Seven Kitchens, 2016) was selected by Ching-In Chen as co-winner of the Robin Becker Chapbook Prize. Other books by Shapiro include the short story collections How to Whistle (Lethe Press, 2016) and Lincoln Avenue (Squares and Rebels Press, 2014), the chapbook GREGG SHAPIRO: 77 (Souvenir Spoon Books, 2012), and the poetry collection Protection (Gival Press, 2008). He has work forthcoming in Gargoyle. His work was recently featured in The Duck Lake Journal, Nixes Mate Review, Total Eclipse, ArLiJo, Noctua Review, Mojave River Review, South Florida Poetry Journal, the Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, Chelsea Station Magazine, Minnie’s Diary, Acta Victoriana, and the anthologies Lovejets: Queer Male Poets on 200 Years of Walt Whitman (Handtype Press), Voices From the Fierce Intangible World (SoFloPoJo) and Reading Queer ((Anhinga Press). An entertainment journalist, whose interviews and reviews run in a variety of regional LGBT and mainstream publications and websites, Shapiro lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his husband Rick and their dog Coco. Collin Kelley is the author of the poetry collection Midnight Perfect World, just published by Sibling Rivalry Press. His other poetry collections include Better To Travel, Slow To Burn and Render (Sibling Rivalry Press). He is also the author of The Venus Trilogy of novels – Conquering Venus, Remain In Light and Leaving Paris – also published by Sibling Rivalry Press


August 15, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Suggested donation $5
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