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Writers Retreat Comes to Eatonton, Georgia

Cover photo courtesy: Georgia Writers Museum

Atlanta, GA, January 28, 2022: Georgia Writers Museum is launching its first Writers Retreat, February 25 – 27, 2022, in Eatonton, Georgia. Nine Georgia Writers Hall of Fame members lived, worked, and/or wrote within 30 miles of Eatonton. This is the largest literary hub in the state, outside of any major metropolitan area.

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The retreat opens on Friday, February 25th with keynote speaker George Weinstein, a two-time former President of the Atlanta Writers Club and author of five novels, followed by two days of workshops with more than 14 published authors, editors, and literary agents from across the state. The full workshop ($270) includes six sessions over two days, lunches both days, the keynote dinner, and a literary field trip. Registration for one day ($130) includes 3 sessions and lunch, or select your sessions a la carte ($45) for each 90-minute workshop. “We are planning for an in-person retreat with precautions for Covid safety, and are ready to pivot to an online conference at a moment’s notice, if necessary,” shared Melissa Swindell, Georgia Writers Museum Executive Director, who is ready to get back to in-person events but emphasizes that writers’ safety is first and foremost.

Saturday sessions include:

  • Writing Southern Fiction in the Modern South, Ginger Eager and Veena Rao
  • Working with an Editor, Tyra Douyon
  • Writing Crime, Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense, Roger Johns
  • Rejection and Revision, Chris Negron
  • Your First Page, Peter Selgin
  • Writing Poetry, Scott Thomas Outlar

Sunday sessions include:

  • Researching and Writing about Historical Events for Fiction and Nonfiction, Rona Simmons
  • So You Want to Get Published…, Kristine Anderson, Ben Meeks, Chris Swan, and Jim Auchmutey
  • Writing and Pitching Your First Book, Justine Cowan
  • Finding and Working with a Literary Agent, Pamela Harty and Kim Jackson
  • Getting Your Book to Become a Best-Seller, Chip Bell
  • Organizing Productive Writing Groups, Kerry Neville

Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker (The Color Purple) and internationally recognized folk writer Joel Chandler Harris (Brer Rabbit stories) were born and raised in Eatonton.

Georgia Writers Museum is dedicated to inspiring today’s writers and readers, and celebrating Georgia’s literary heritage. Currently, small group tours are available by appointment. Admission to the museum is free; the museum relies on donations from guests and supporters to deliver quality programming, exhibits and classes. To learn more, visit, Facebook: georgiawritersmuseum, and Instagram: georgiawritersmuseum8.

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