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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Stories for Free Children Story Hour & Watercolors Workshop: Featuring Noah Grigni

August 17, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Suggested donation $5

Our Stories for Free Children Story Hour is back and we are so honored to have illustrator and comic artist Noah in the house to read from It Feels Good to be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity, which was illustrated by Noah. In addition to their reading, Noah will also be leading an engaging watercolors workshop. People of all ages are welcome to attend with their families. This is a Charis Circle Strong Families Whole Children Program. The suggested donation is $5 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. About Noah: Noah Grigni is an illustrator and comic artist from Decatur, and a nonbinary trans boy. Through art, they hope to make space for more stories centering diverse trans and queer characters with depth, personality, and agency. Their art is a call to action, a reminder to heal, and a celebration of queer love in its endless many forms. Noah graduated from Decatur High School in 2015, and from Lesley University in 2018 with a BFA in Illustration. They currently live in Boston with their partner, Braden, and their cat, Tino. It Feels Good To Be Yourself is their first children’s book. You can see more of Noah’s work at, or on Instagram @ngrigni.

***Charis Books is a fully wheelchair accessible space with on-site van accessible parking, two ramps, and additional overflow accessible parking nearby. Most 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


August 17, 2019
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Suggested donation $5
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