Georgia State University: Perimeter College – Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338, Building N-C


  • Nosh & Networking for members and visitors in Building N-C café: 12:45-1:30 p.m.


  • Meeting for members and visitors in Building N-C auditorium: 1:30-4:00 p.m.


1:30-1:45 p.m.

Club Business, Upcoming Events, and Announcements



1:45-2:45 p.m. First Speaker: Michael Ludden (“Know what you’re writing about”)

Michael Ludden is a former Deputy Managing Editor at the Orlando Sentinel, where he led an investigation that won a Pulitzer Prize. He’s written for magazines, advertising and marketing firms, edited books and spent 10 years as a senior writer/editor at CNN’s Headline News. He grew up in Mountain Lakes, N.J., and has a B.A. in English Literature from Washington College.

He has written two thrillers about a rich kid from Atlanta who drops out of medical school to become a cop—Alfredo’s Luck and Tate Drawdy—and Tales from the Morgue a little book of things that happened during a career in newspapers.

Michael’s topic for October 19 is “Know what you’re writing about.” It is so easy to get hung up on coming up with that one brilliant idea that’s going to carry your book forward. Michael doesn’t believe there is any great secret to ideas. Rather, he prefers to prompt writers to think about three things: taking a simple concept that can be expanded, using personal experience, and seeking out expertise.

Website: http://www.michaelludden.com/


2:45-3:00 p.m.
Book-signing in the Building N-C café for Michael Ludden.


3:00-4:00 p.m. Second Speaker: Steve McCondichie (“Forging Your Path to Publishing”)

After twenty-five years peddling bulldozers around the globe, Steve McCondichie exited the corporate world to pursue his true purpose. His career now focuses on helping others who dream of going from struggling writer to published author. In 2015, he received his MFA from Queens University of Charlotte and co-founded Southern Fried Karma (SFK), an Atlanta-based multimedia company. He’s now the managing partner overseeing the operation of their independent publishing imprints, their online literary magazine, the retail bookstore, and their film development company. Steve and SFK are intent on bringing civil, social discourse to the communities they serve by sharing thoughtful, well-written stories that allow for critical reflection and freethinking.

In Steve’s talk, “Forging Your Path to Publishing”, he will:

  • Confide in you his own writing journey (Superhero origin story)
  • Use Moon Pies to sum up the publishing industry
  • Offer down-to-earth advice on getting published
  • Detail SIX immediate steps you can take to begin maneuvering the mysterious path to publication

Following Steve’s talk, he will invite all meeting participants and members of the public to attend his party announcing SFK’s fall catalogue of books, with free food and beverages, a book signing, and live music by singer-pianist and AWC member Mike Shaw. Details below.

Website: https://southernfriedkarma.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedkarma/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SFK_Multimedia

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sfk_multimedia/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8cvvlxMsNfGiVLxj69uh0Q


4:00-6:00 p.m. SFK Press Launch Party, Bldg. N-B, 2nd Floor

Steve McCondichie of SFK Press invites all meeting participants and members of the public to attend his party announcing SFK’s fall catalogue of books, with free food and beverages and live music by singer-pianist and AWC member Mike Shaw. AWC President George Weinstein will be signing and personalizing copies of his new novel, Watch What You Say. The launch party will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on the upper floor of the Building N-B Student Center, next door to the AWC meeting location.