Georgia State University: Perimeter College – Dunwoody Campus

2101 Womack Rd, Building N-C

Dunwoody, GA 30338 (cafe & auditorium)


  • Nosh & Networking for members and visitors in Building N-C cafe: 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. Speaker: Valerie Fraser Luesse (“Finding Stories Everywhere–Writing for Magazines”)

Valerie Fraser Luesse is an award-winning magazine writer best known for her feature stories and essays in Southern Living, where she is currently a senior travel editor. She is also the author of three novels: Missing Isaac, Almost Home, and, in 2020, The Key to Everything. Her work has been anthologized in the audio collection Southern Voices and in A Glimpse of Heaven, an essay collection featuring works by C. S. Lewis, Randy Alcorn, John Wesley, and others. As a freelance writer and editor, she was the lead writer for Southern Living 50 Years: A Celebration of People, Places, and Culture. Specializing in stories about unique pockets of Southern culture, Luesse has published major pieces on the Gulf Coast, the Mississippi Delta, Louisiana’s Acadian Prairie, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Her editorial section on Hurricane Katrina recovery in Mississippi and Louisiana won the 2009 Writer of the Year award from the Southeast Tourism Society. Luesse earned her bachelor’s degree in English at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, and her master’s degree in English at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She grew up in Harpersville, Alabama, a rural community in Shelby County, and now lives in Birmingham.

On March 21st, Valerie will discuss how to write for, find, and submit to magazines for fun and profit.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/valerie.luesse


2:45-3:00 p.m. Break with book signing  in cafe with Valerie Fraser Luesse


3:00-4:00 p.m. Speaker: March Member Minute (12 AWC Members Present Their Books and Writing Lessons)

Our scheduled speakers are as follows:

Brad Hayes
Caroline Cole
Chuck Storla
Esther York
Jacqueline Holness
Libby Ware & Charlene Ball
Mary Mueller
Michel Fraix
Michelle Tompkins
Patrick Scullin
Ross Glover
Susanne Fincher


4:00 p.m. Book signing in cafe for the 12 AWC Members