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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The Love Prison Made and Unmade–Ebony Roberts

August 2, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Suggested donation $5

An intelligent, educated, and strong-minded woman shaped by a past filled with abuse and betrayal, Ebony Roberts was drawn to bad boys: men who cheated; men who verbally abused her; men who disappointed her. Fed up, she cut off her hair and swore to wait for the partner God chose for her. Then she met Shaka Senghor. In her extraordinary memoir, The Love Prison Made and Unmade: My Story, Roberts shares the intense spiritual connection she felt for a man behind bars for murder. Though she struggled with the idea that this man could be the good love God wanted for her, through letters and visits, she and Shaka fell deeply in love. Following his release from prison, Shaka was embraced by Oprah Winfrey and wrote a New York Times bestselling memoir (Writing My Wrongs). Their lives had been transformed—the worst should have been behind them. Yet, Shaka’s release became the beginning of the end of their love story. The Love Prison Made and Unmade is heartfelt and insightful as it reveals powerful lessons about love, sacrifice, courage, forgiveness and of living our highest principles and learning not to judge someone by their worst acts. Ultimately, it exposes the high emotional cost that American justice exacts on human lives—the partners, wives, children, and friends—beyond the prison walls.

About the Author: Ebony Roberts is a writer, researcher, and activist, who has worked in the prison abolition movement for nearly twenty years. She recently served as program director for #BeyondPrisons, an organization designed to uplift the voices of those impacted by the criminal justice system. She received her BA in Social Relations and Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Michigan State University. Ebony’s story is the other half of the New York Times bestselling memoir Writing My Wrongs by Shaka Senghor. She lives in Los Angeles. More at 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. 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 2, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Suggested donation $5
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Charis Circle


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