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: Louise Runyon & Alice Lovelace

May 16, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


This month’s Cliterati features poets Louise Runyon and Alice Lovelace. Louise will read from her new collection, The Passion of Older Women, a manifesto on the wisdom, strength, needs, and desires of older women – the rising demographic in our country. It is also a testament to women of the previous generation, “who have brought us safe this far.” The poems are inspired by working the earth in Decatur, Georgia; a love of the Southern Appalachians; the current political situation; the experience of writing in Italian; and the status of older women in relationship to men. Included also are two short prose pieces – a life story in fable format and a summary of Runyon’s work as a dancer/choreographer. The book affirms that older women will not go gently into this goodnight, the last phase of our lives.

Louise Morgan Runyon is a dancer/choreographer, political activist, urban farmer, a student of Italian, and former steelworker as well as a poet.

Alice Lovelace is a cultural worker, poet, playwright, and arts administrator. Alice is the Executive Director at the newly opened ArtsXChange in East Point and will read from new and collected work.

This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary Event. The suggested donation is $5.

***Charis Books is a fully wheelchair accessible space with on site van accessible parking, two ramps, and additional overflow accessible parking nearby. All of our shelves are on wheels and can be moved to provide additional access. Our bathrooms are wheelchair accessible and gender neutral with motion activated fixtures. Both bathrooms have wheelchair accessible baby changing tables. Our directional signs are written in braille. Our events are mic’d for sound. We caption videos when we show them in the space. Free ASL interpretation is available for most Charis Circle programs upon request. Please email info@chariscircle.orgto request interpretation as early as possible. The space has all LED lighting. The space is not scent or chemical free but we do our best to minimize the use of chemicals and scents throughout the space and use low VOC materials whenever possible. If you have specific questions about the space or how an event can be made more accessible to you, please do not hesitate to contact us at


May 16, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Charis Circle


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184 S. Candler St.
Decatur, Georgia 30030 United States
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