Schedule for Early 2020
Note: all activities are held at GSU-Dunwoody Campus, Bldg. NC, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. for all meetings and workshops unless otherwise noted. Our meetings are always free for first-timers who want to see if the AWC will be a good fit for them; workshops are available to members only.
Also, for our monthly meetings, we offer a pre-meeting “network and nosh” from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. with beverages and snacks so you’ll have time to get to know each other, find critique or accountability partners, get your questions answered about writing topics, and more.
January 18, 2020 – Click for Details
- 1st Guest Speaker – Lynn Cullen (“Keeping Nimble While Staying True to Yourself”)
- 2nd Guest Speaker – Joshilyn Jackson (“Follow Your Heart or Follow the Market?”)
February 15, 2020 – Click for Details
- 1st Guest Speaker – Amy Deuchler (“Get Heard: Benefits of and Strategies for Breaking into Audiobooks”)
- 2nd Guest Speaker – Trudy Nan Boyce (“Build Your Story Like a Criminal Investigator”)
February 29, 2020
- AWC Members-only Workshop: Terry Kay on Tricks of the Trade–rhythm, dialogue, and word selection–and accumulated wisdom from 55 years of journalism and writing fiction
March 21, 2020
- 1st Guest Speaker – Valerie Fraser Luesse (“Finding Stories Everywhere–Writing for Magazines”)
- 2nd Guest Speaker – TBD
April 18, 2020
- 1st Guest Speaker – Colleen Oakley and Ricki Cardenas (“Writing Women’s Fiction”)
- 2nd Guest Speaker – Mayra Cuevas
April 25, 2020
- AWC Members-only Workshop: Dana Wildsmith on writing poetry
May 16, 2020
- 1st Guest Speaker – Adam Ragusea (“The Magic of Cross-Pollination: How News-writing Helped Me Become a Famous YouTube Cook”)
- 2nd Guest Speaker – Sisters in Crime Mystery Panel Moderated by Debra Goldstein
June 20, 2020
- 1st Guest Speaker – Jonathan Haupt (“Importance of Writing Community & Pat Conroy Literary Center”)’
- 2nd Guest Speaker – TBD
July 18, 2020
- AWC Members-only Workshop: Margaret McMullan on memoir writing and its broader lessons for all nonfiction and fiction
Map and Directions
Unless otherwise noted on the schedule above, the Atlanta Writers Club meets at Georgia State University: Perimeter College – Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338, Building N-C auditorium.
- From I-285 (Northern Arc):
Take Exit 30 (N. Peachtree Rd./N. Shallowford Rd./Chamblee Dunwoody Rd.) and go north on N. Peachtree Rd. Turn left on Tilly Mill Rd. and then left on Womack Rd. Turn left into campus.
- From GA-400 South:
Take Exit 6, Northridge Rd., turn right at top of ramp, and turn right on Roberts Dr. (If heading north on GA-400, take Exit 6 and go straight through the light onto Roberts Dr.). From Roberts Dr., stay on it as it turns into Chamblee Dunwoody Rd and then take a left on Womack Rd. Campus will be about two miles down, on the right.
- From Highway 9 / Roswell Rd. in Sandy Springs:
Go east on Mount Vernon Rd. Turn right on Chamblee Dunwoody Rd and left on Womack Rd. Campus will be about two miles down, on the right.
We meet in the auditorium of Building N-C, which is located near the top of the circular drive and close to a large student parking lot. You can park directly in front of Building N-C or in the nearby student lot. We will have signs posted on campus to direct you.
General Meeting Agenda
- Pre-meeting Network and Nosh (12:45-1:30). Get to know your fellow writers and their projects while enjoying snacks and beverages.
- Club Business (1:30-1:45). Announcements about upcoming events.
- Program #1 (1:45-2:45). First guest speaker presentation. Please see above for a list of planned speakers.
- Networking/Book-signing (2:45-3:00). A brief break between programs.
- Program #2 (3:00-4:00). Second guest speaker presentation. Please see above for a list of planned speakers.
- Meeting Adjourn/Book-signing.
You can see photos from each Atlanta Writers Club event–including our monthly meetings, periodic workshops, and our twice-yearly Atlanta Writers Conference–by going to https://atlantawritersclub.smugmug.com/ and opening the folders to view each event posted.
January 11, 2020 – Free Talk, Open to Public in GSU-Dunwoody, Bldg. NB Cafeteria
- International bestselling author Brad Taylor discusses his writing process; proceeds from book sales to benefit Books for Heroes charitable foundation
January 12 Tamlin Hall Screenwriting Workshop – Final Segment
- For the final workshop, Tamlin Hall will analyze participants’ premises and scenes from their screenplay.
- David Fulmer’s Fiction Workshop Part 1: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (members only)
- 1st Guest Speaker – Soniah Kamal (How to write a retelling, continuation, inspiration of a classic)
- 2nd Guest Speaker – Sally Kilpatrick (Southern fiction: conflict for the conflict averse)
February 2 Workshop (AWC members only)
- 12:00-2:00 [NOTE NEW START TIME] Kim Wright Wiley workshop: Scene Sequencing
- This workshop tackles some of the toughest issues beginning novelists face: structure, plot, and pacing. Kim has created a system where–built around eight key scenes any well-constructed book should have–a writer can develop a workable outline and whip a messy, meandering first draft into a lean, tight, coherent story. This class is equally helpful for “plotters” who seek guidance in planning their story sequence and “pansers” who have written themselves into a corner and need a way out. It’s an intense but fun workshop so come prepared to take lots of notes!
- David Fulmer’s Fiction Workshop Part 2: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (members only)
- 1st Guest Speaker – Ray Atkins (Using humor in writing)
- 2nd Guest Speaker – Liz Lazarus (Inspiration & self-publishing lessons learned)
- David Fulmer’s Fiction Workshop Part 3: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (members only)
- 1st Guest Speaker – Julia McDermott (How to captivate your readers with a phenomenal true story)
- 2nd Guest Speaker – Scott Thomas Outlar (Of songs and dreams: How words take shape)
April 6 Workshop (AWC members only)
- 1:30-4:30 Grace Wynter workshop: Your First Page
- 1st Guest Speaker – Steven Cooper (Strategies for writers conference participation)
- 2nd Guest Speaker – Susan Crawford (Seeing through the eyes of your characters)
- 1st Guest Speaker – Judy Goldman (Writing tips for multiple genres)
- 2nd Guest Speaker – Dr. Paul Newton (The Expert Author Effect—How to Write a Book that Automates Your Sales and Marketing)
- Inaugural BookFest Gwinnett book festival, a celebration of diversity sponsored by the Atlanta Writers Club, held at the Norcross Cultural Arts & Community Center
July 20 Workshop (AWC members only) – Alpharetta Branch Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009 (downstairs auditorium)
- Jill Anderson: Creating/improving Your Author Website
- 1st Guest Speaker – Deborah LeBlanc (Write what you know…or not)
- 2nd Guest Speakers – Lois Reitzes & John Lemley (Music in literature & literature in music)
September 7 Workshop (AWC Members Only
- David Fulmer recaps his winter/spring presentations and concludes with a discussion of dialogue and putting all the pieces together
- 1st Guest Speaker – Dana Ridenour (Writing The Series Character)
- 2nd Guest Speaker – Tony Grooms (Writing about Setting)
- 1st Guest Speaker – Michael Ludden (Know What You’re Writing About)
- 2nd Guest Speaker – Steve McCondichie (Forging Your Path to Publishing / SFK Press Fall Catalog Launch Party follows talk)
- 1st Guest Speaker – William Walsh (The Kitchen Sink and Everything You Need to Know to Find Success as a Writer)
- 2nd Guest Speaker – Director José Acosta, Screenwriter Charlotte Stauffer, and Actor Tom Thon (From Screenplay to Shooting Script to Film)
- Guest Speaker – Caroline George, Associate Agent for Cyle Young Literary Elite (2 talks with a break in between)
- Pitch, Please: An Agent’s Guide to Pitches & Queries
- Building Platform to Strengthen Your Pitch