Membership in the Atlanta Writers Club entitles members to participate in or start their own AWC-sponsored writing and critique groups, where you and your colleagues can help each other improve your writing craft. Below is the current list of active AWC writing/critique groups. If you have any questions about any of these groups, or if you would like to start your own group, please contact Officer Emeritus George Weinstein at george@atlantawritersclub.org.

Most of the contact individuals noted here can be reached via email by clicking on their name; in other cases, a phone number is listed.

LocationGenreDetailsContactStatus
OnlineFiction: Short Stories & NovelsMeets on second and fourth Friday of the month via Zoom at 1:00 pm.Kelley Cody-GrimmWait List
OnlineFiction for advanced writersEmailed critiques (in-line & big picture notes) twice a month - expect to critique roughly 120 pages per month.
Please submit 100 pages for vetting.
Linh Pham. Please submit 100 pages for vetting.Open
OnlineAll Genres1st and 3rd Mondays of the month, at 7:00 pm EasternGail LashOpen
OnlineShort StoriesEvery 1st and 3rd Thursday at 1pmPat BowenWait List
OnlineYoung Adult & Middle Grade FictionWork shared by emailBrad ScottWait List
OnlineScreenwritingMeetings are on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month at 7PM via ZOOM. The screenwriting group creates a positive, supportive, and inclusive environment in which experienced writers critique each other’s work in pursuit of a marketable screenplay. To be considered, applicants must have a basic knowledge of cinematic writing as well as script and/or teleplay formatting.Liz IrelandWait List
OnlineAdvanced Writers in Thriller/Mystery/SuspenseFor writers who have a finished manuscript ready to be pitched and reviewed by the group. Will meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday each month at 7:00 pm online (or in-person in Dunwoody or Sandy Springs if participants are interested)Bill RobbinsOpen
OnlineRomance (any subgenre--YA, steamy, contemporary, historical, paranormal, sci-fi/fantasy, etc.--except erotica)1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 7:00 - 8:00 pm US Eastern, using Google MeetsOlga JacksonOpen
OnlineSci-Fi and FantasyOnline using Google Meet, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month at 7:00pmAbigail BilesWait List
OnlineFantasy and Science FictionMeetings are on Sunday, 9-11 a.m. Eastern every other week, with work sent to Nathaniel ahead of time for distributionNathaniel ChaneyWait List
OnlineStudy/Critique Group open to all levels of writers and all genresWe study books about the craft of writing together. Each member is expected to: 1) read the portion of the book assigned each week and 2) Come prepared with whatever exercise we agree to each week - usually a writing sample relating to what we are learning. The group is limited to 6 people. We meet every Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. ESTApril Love-FordhamWait List
OnlineAll GenresMeetings online every other Tues.Nancy FletcherWait List
OnlineAdult FictionOnline, every other Thursday, 7–9 pm (previously at Choco Latte, 2094 North Decatur Road)Susanne FincherWait List
OnlineFiction1st Saturday of each month at 9:30AMPerry PowellWait List
OnlineNon-FictionTuesdays, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pmQuinn EastmanOpen
OnlineAll GenresMeetings are virtual via Zoom every other Monday at 10:30 am. A schedule will be provided when you join. Members exchange drafts of their work product twice monthly for critiquing.Toni BellonOpen
OnlineMemoirMeets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 7 p.m. for an hour. This is intended to be a support group for published authors as well as those starting to write a memoir. The purpose is to help each other in improving the craft by sharing excerpts from one's work and obtaining critiques.Chetan SankarOpen
OnlineHorror of any styleVirtual meetings are every other Tuesday, 7-8 p.m. EasternDaniel CozartWait List
OnlinePoetry group for up to seven experienced poets who have been published in journals or chapbooks or who are serious about having their poems published.Meets biweekly via Zoom on Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Each member agrees to submit a poem each week, review everyone's poems before each session, and provide notes to the poet afterward. Group facilitation is shared.Submit 3 poems for consideration to Rick RohdenburgWait List
OnlineStudy/Critique Group open to all levels of writers and all genresThe Storywrighters group meets online every other Thursday at 5 PM ET to explore well-regarded writing craft books and support each other as we apply what we learn to our work. Our current study is The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Write the Story Beneath the Surface by Donald Maass.Mary ThorntonWait List
OnlineScience Fiction and FantasyMeets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 8 p.m. EasternXander Jon DijkOpen
OnlineAll genres but with a focus on self-published authorsMeets virtually on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month from 12:00pm to 12:45pm.J.M. TompkinsOpen
Hybrid (Online & In-person in Dunwoody/Duluth)Science Fiction, Space Opera, and FantasyOnline filesharing will use Google Docs, and online communications will use Telegram. In-person meetings will occur before/after each Atlanta Writers Club meeting.
Listen to Their Podcast
Lisa CooperOpen
Hybrid (Online & In-person in Alpharetta)ScreenplaysOnline filesharing for 30 pages (one Act) and then in-person meeting near North Point Mall on the first Saturday of every month, 10 am-12:30 pmJoe RendaceOpen
Atlanta/South BrookhavenLiterary fiction—having a strong focus on some combination of character, texture, voice/style or meta, not limited to scene-written or in-the-moment-narrative, nor to the conventions or forms that generally shape popular / genre / commercial fictionThe group meets in person, 7-9 PM, every other Tuesday, beginning on 3/28/2023 at a restaurant in South Brookhaven to discuss pre-shared excerpts (up to 6,000 words, often less) and pre-written critique notes, four per meeting— short stories, novel chapters, outlines, sketches, and fragments. Enrollment is open.Jim TruebloodOpen
Atlanta/Virginia HighlandsFiction writers with a creative writing degree or history of publicationMeet once a month usually from 1-3 pm at a coffee shopDawn AbeitaOpen
Atlanta/WestsideFiction - All GenresThursday evening once a month, 6-8 pm in a restaurant/coffee shopEmilee McWilliamsOpen
Conyers/LithoniaBooks for young people, ages 7 - 14, picture books, chapter books, fiction and non fiction serving teaching functions or object lessons; no science fiction, no graphic novelsMeet on the 4th Saturday of each month at Panera Bread, 10 am - 12 pm Carla WalterOpen
Decatur/EmoryFantasy, science fiction, horrorMeet every 2 weeks, time and location to be decided. To discuss pre-shared excerpts of around 5000 words, for constructive feedback.Eric ReindersOpen
Dunwoody/Sandy SpringsAdvanced Writers in Thriller/Mystery/SuspenseFor writers who have a finished manuscript ready to be pitched and reviewed by the group. Will meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday each month at 7:00 pm. If you are interested in joining the group, please forward Bill a short writer’s bio along with one first chapter of your finished manuscript. Since this is a beta readers group, you will critique a chapter presented and will be expected to review at least 30-60 pages per month.Bill RobbinsOpen
Dunwoody/Sandy SpringsSpeculative fiction (Novels and short stories)Every other Wednesday at 6:30 pm. Usually at a restaurant in Sandy Springs/Dunwoody. Zoom used when the public health situation warrants.Calvin ClarkWait List
DunwoodyMemoir and Narrative NonfictionThe Memoir Networking Group will discuss publishing paths, marketing plans, and network growth. Meetings will be held in person on the third Saturday of each month before the AWC meetings, starting at 12:05 p.m.May SpanglerOpen
Lawrenceville/
Snellville
Novel, Short Story & MemoirCurrently inactive due to COVID-19 (previously 1st Saturday 9:30AM - noon @ Member's Home)Kerry DenneyWait List
LilburnAll GenresThe group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Mountain Park Library, 1210 Pounds Road, Lilburn, GA 30047Laura SellersWait List
Marietta/East CobbGritty Thriller/Crime/Drama/Sci-Fi genresMeetings held every Saturday at 12pm at Sewell Mill Library & Cultural Center in a reserved study room. Submit ten pages for review.Arthur BeaufordOpen
Marietta/East CobbAll Genres2nd Thursday of every month at 2:00 pm in the East Cobb Library community room (4880 Lower Roswell Rd, in the Parkaire Landing Shopping Plaza). Group open to all writers at any level. Participants don’t have to be residents or have a library card. Margaret Richlin or (770) 509-2730Open
MariettaAll Genres1st & 3rd Tues. 6:30-8:00PMLinda SullivanWait List
RoswellAll GenresEvery Tues, 6:00 - 8:00PM at Scooters in West RoswellGeorge WeinsteinWait List
Sandy SpringsFiction & Non-fictionSaturdays except when AWC meets, 2:00-4:00 PM in member's home or virtualJerry WeinerWait List