Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the benefits of membership?
  • The Atlanta Writers Club (AWC) hosts a monthly meeting for its members and first-time guests on the third Saturday of each month that features an accomplished author, agent, editor or other professional who addresses a variety of topics concerning the craft and/or business of writing. The AWC sponsors critique groups for its members that meet all over the metro Atlanta area as well as online. In addition, the club organizes members-only writing workshops throughout the year and twice yearly holds the members-only Atlanta Writers Conference, where six literary agents and publishing editors critique manuscript samples, respond to pitches about members' work, engage in a Q&A panel, and provide a writing-and-publishing workshop. Also twice yearly, the AWC sponsors writing contests for its members with cash prizes. Networking is yet another benefit: the AWC has over 650 members who represent the full range of genres (i.e., every kind of fiction and nonfiction, plus poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, journaling, and blogging) and the gamut of experience levels, from those just getting started to writers who are marketing their first book to authors with many publications. New members are able to get quick, accurate answers to their questions thanks to the wealth of experienced members in the club. Paying the $40 club dues (discounts given to students and the family of current club members) will enable you to attend all meetings during the year for free and also gain access to members-only workshops, the twice-yearly Atlanta Writers Conference, and other events reserved for members. The AWC encourages those interested in the club to attend one of the monthly meetings for free to make sure that it will be right for them. For second-time guests and thereafter, each meeting costs $15 to attend, so it makes sense to join the club for $40 and attend meetings at no additional cost throughout the year rather than to keep paying the fee at the door. To join the club, go to the Membership page.
  • What are the requirements for joining the AWC? Is there a membership fee? How do I join?
  • The only requirement to join the AWC is an interest in writing. The membership fee is $50, though discounts are offered to students and to the family of current members. See our Membership page for details. There, you can join online with a credit card or PayPal, or you can download a membership form, complete it, and mail it to the AWC Treasurer along with a check for the club dues. Paying club dues will enable you to attend all meetings during the year for free and also gain access to members-only workshops, the twice-yearly Atlanta Writers Conference, and other events reserved for members. The AWC encourages those interested in the club to attend one of the monthly meetings for free to make sure that it will be right for them. For second-time guests and thereafter, each meeting costs $15 to attend, so it makes sense to join the club for $50 and attend meetings at no additional cost throughout the year rather than to keep paying the fee at the door.
  • I've just finished my first novel. Could you tell me what to do to get it published?
  • The AWC has over 650 members who represent the full range of genres (i.e., every kind of fiction and nonfiction) and the gamut of experience levels, including writers who are marketing their first book all the way up to authors with many publications. New members are able to network with experienced members in the club to get tips about submitting for publication, working with literary agents, and more. Many of the club's monthly speakers address the business of writing, as do the members-only workshops that the AWC offers throughout the year. Twice yearly, the AWC holds the members-only Atlanta Writers Conference, where six literary agents and publishing editors critique manuscript samples, respond to pitches about members' work, engage in a Q&A panel, and provide a writing-and-publishing workshop.
  • I'd like to get more involved with the AWC. What can I do to volunteer my time?
  • The AWC is an all-volunteer organization, so there are many different ways to help the club grow evermore vibrant:
    • at our monthly meetings we need volunteers to assist with welcoming guests and members. Go to the Contact Us page and click the Operations VP to send an e-mail about your interest.
    • at our workshops and twice-yearly Atlanta Writers Conference we need volunteers to check in registrants. Go to the List of Board Members page and click the Operations VP to send an e-mail about your interest.
    • we feature Community Outreach events where we help school libraries reorganize, participate in literacy events, and assist in other activities that bring readers and writers closer. Go to the Community Outreach page to read more about our current projects and to volunteer.
    • periodically, we call for volunteers to assist with special events, such as staffing our booth at a literary festival or assisting with our annual June picnic. When you see these e-mail requests, follow the directions to respond and offer your help.
    • every AWC board member appreciates assistance, so if there is another aspect of the club in which you are interested--from Contests to Marketing to assisting the President or Programs VP--go to the List of Board Members page and click the e-mail link for the board member responsible for the area in which you are interested.

  • I'm in the process of publishing a book. Would some of your members be willing to give me a blurb?
  • Networking is a primary benefit of membership in the Atlanta Writers Club. The AWC has over 650 members who represent the full range of genres (i.e., every kind of fiction and nonfiction, plus poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, journaling, and blogging) and the gamut of experience levels, including writers who are marketing their first book and authors with many publications. We encourage new members to network at our meetings, critique groups, and other events to find those with similar interests who are in a position to offer book reviews and other means of assistance.The AWC encourages those interested in the club to attend one of the monthly meetings for free to make sure that it will be right for them. To join the club, go to the Membership page.
  • I've had an idea for a book for years. What do I need to do to get started?
  • The best thing to do is to start writing and begin the process of learning about the writing craft.The Atlanta Writers Club (AWC) hosts a monthly meeting for its members and first-time guests that features an accomplished author, agent, editor or other professional who addresses a variety of topics concerning the craft of writing. The AWC sponsors critique groups for its members that meet all over the metro Atlanta area as well as online to further help you hone your writing skills. In addition, the club organizes members-only writing workshops throughout the year to assist you. Networking is yet another benefit: the AWC has over 650 members who represent the full range of genres (i.e., every kind of fiction and nonfiction, plus poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, journaling, and blogging) and the gamut of experience levels, from those just getting started to writers who are marketing their first book to authors with many publications. New members are able to get quick, accurate answers to their questions thanks to the wealth of experienced members in the club. Paying the $40 club dues (discounts given to students and the family of current club members) will enable you to attend all meetings during the year for free and also gain access to members-only workshops, the twice-yearly Atlanta Writers Conference, and other events reserved for members. The AWC encourages those interested in the club to attend one of the monthly meetings for free to make sure that it will be right for them. For second-time guests and thereafter, each meeting costs $15 to attend, so it makes sense to join the club for $40 and attend meetings at no additional cost throughout the year rather than to keep paying the fee at the door. To join the club, go to the Membership page.
  • To what extent is the AWC involved with the literary community in Atlanta?
  • The AWC has participated in the Decatur Book Festival since its inception and assists the festival by managing its Local Prose Stage and emceeing panels of authors. The club contributes money and manpower to the biannual Townsend Award ceremony honoring the top author in Georgia over the past two years. Club members support the Georgia Center for the Book and volunteer at literary festivals around metro Atlanta and beyond. In addition, the club advertises local literary events, author talks, and booksignings for a wide variety of venues around the region.
  • Do you have small peer groups for writers to critique each other's work?
  • The AWC sponsors critique groups for its members that meet all over the metro Atlanta area as well as online to help you hone your writing skills. The AWC encourages those interested in the club to attend a critique group meeting to make sure that it will be right for them before joining the club and participating further. For a listing of groups and contact information, click HERE. Those wishing to join the club can go to the Membership page and pay their dues online or with a donwloadable form.
  • Where and when do you meet? What types of programs do you offer?
  • The Atlanta Writers Club meets on the third Saturday of each month, usually at 1:30 p.m. unless there is a special program, which will be advertised on our website and in our eQuill newsletter. From September until May the AWC meets at Georgia Perimeter College in Dunwoody (click for Map and Directions). In June, we host a free picnic for our members at Hammond Park in Sandy Springs. In July and August, while Georgia Perimeter College is closed on weekends, the club meets at an alternate location, usually the Dunwoody Library; the location for each event is clearly stated on the website and in our eQuill newsletter. The monthly meeting for members and first-time guests features an accomplished author (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, and other genres), agent, editor or other professional who addresses a variety of topics concerning the craft and/or business of writing. In addition, the club organizes members-only writing workshops throughout the year and twice yearly holds the members-only Atlanta Writers Conference, where six literary agents and publishing editors critique manuscript samples, respond to pitches about members' work, engage in a Q&A panel, and provide a writing-and-publishing workshop. Paying the $40 club dues (discounts given to students and the family of current club members) will enable you to attend all meetings during the year for free and also gain access to members-only workshops, the twice-yearly Atlanta Writers Conference, and other events reserved for members. The AWC encourages those interested in the club to attend one of the monthly meetings for free to make sure that it will be right for them. For second-time guests and thereafter, each meeting costs $15 to attend, so it makes sense to join the club for $40 and attend meetings at no additional cost throughout the year rather than to keep paying the fee at the door. To join the club, go to the Membership page.
  • Is there a fee to come to one of your meetings?
  • The AWC encourages those interested in the club to attend one of the monthly meetings for free to make sure that it will be right for them. For second-time guests and thereafter, each meeting costs $15 to attend, so it makes sense to join the club for $40 (with discounts for students and family of current members) and attend meetings at no additional cost throughout the year rather than to keep paying the fee at the door. To join the club, go to the Membership page.
  • Could you tell me something about the history of your organization and what you do?
  • The AWC was founded in 1914 and exists to teach its members about the craft and business of writing. The club hosts a monthly meeting for its members and first-time guests on the third Saturday of each month that features an accomplished author, agent, editor or other professional who addresses a variety of writing and/or publishing topics. The AWC sponsors critique groups for its members that meet all over the metro Atlanta area as well as online. In addition, the club organizes members-only writing workshops throughout the year and twice yearly holds the members-only Atlanta Writers Conference, where six literary agents and publishing editors critique manuscript samples, respond to pitches about members' work, engage in a Q&A panel, and provide a writing-and-publishing workshop. Also twice yearly, the AWC sponsors writing contests for its members with cash prizes. Networking is yet another benefit: the AWC has over 650 members who represent the full range of genres (i.e., every kind of fiction and nonfiction, plus poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, journaling, and blogging) and the gamut of experience levels, from those just getting started to writers who are marketing their first book to authors with many publications. New members are able to get quick, accurate answers to their questions thanks to the wealth of experienced members in the club. The club also participates in literary events and book festivals around metro Atlanta and features outreach opportunities for its members, including assistance to school libraries and volunteering for literacy programs. Paying the $40 club dues (discounts given to students and the family of current club members) will enable you to attend all meetings during the year for free and also gain access to members-only workshops, the twice-yearly Atlanta Writers Conference, and other events reserved for members. The AWC encourages those interested in the club to attend one of the monthly meetings for free to make sure that it will be right for them. For second-time guests and thereafter, each meeting costs $15 to attend, so it makes sense to join the club for $40 and attend meetings at no additional cost throughout the year rather than to keep paying the fee at the door. To join the club, go to the Membership page.