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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GWA Online Workshop with Mindy Nettifee

January 9 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm



Portland Editorial and Commercial Photography Michael Anthony

From the perspective of neuroscience, memory is not a system designed to create accurate representations of the past; it’s designed for learning. We are therefore overwriting and changing memories all the time, and autobiographical memory may become boldly fictionalized while still retaining a feeling of emotional truth. Trauma may also compromise our creation of memories, leaving fragments of our experience stored but, in a sense, floating in a forever present. This workshop will explore somatic and poetic modes of accessing and engaging different types of memory – both explicit and implicit memory – for the purpose of giving fresh language to what’s happened, what’s happening now, and the lived experience of being cumulative.

Mindy Nettifee, PhD is a poet, artist educator, and depth psychology researcher, and somatic trauma therapist. Her doctoral research is on the sensory capacities of the voice and the role of voice and language in trauma healing. She has been teaching creative writing and performance for more than 15 years, and currently teaches workshops for Literary Arts, produces and hosts for Back Fence PDX and The Moth, and works with groups and individuals in private practice. She has published three full-length poetry collections and the how-to book on writing Glitter in the Blood. Her latest collection is Open Your Mouth Like a Bell (Write Bloody). She also writes posts about the moon(!) which you can get for free by following her on social media (@thecultofmindy).


January 9
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Georgia Writers Association
(470) 578-4736
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