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UPDATE: Art Crawl Changes

NOTE: Due to a private matter, the T.R.R. Cobb House is no longer able to be involved in this Saturday’s Art Crawl.  The AWA is working on finding a replacement venue.  Meanwhile, we will still have some of our fine poets reading at GO Bar between sets, so please come out and visit with us!

10/07/14 NEW UPDATE:  

We will be reading from the porch of the T.R.R. Cobb House. Almost as good as reading inside. Underground Dance Society will be performing 10-minute pieces on the lawn at 5:30 and 6:30, so we can arrange our pieces to be read before, between and after. Yay!

 More details about the Art Crawl —

The fourth annual Art Crawl, sponsored by the Athens Area Arts Council, will take place 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, along Prince Avenue in downtown Athens. This year’s theme is “Sunset and Shadows,” although artists are encouraged to submit pieces of all types to the event.

The event route hits stops along Prince Avenue, including Go Bar, the Bottleworks and Daily Groceries, with a detour for kids activities at Big City Bread. Works will be featured in businesses along the way. This year will differ from prior iterations: not only have they moved from Pulaski Street to Prince Avenue, but they are also expanding the breadth of media to include more than the hand-made arts. Music, theater, spoken word, video, and other performances will be included along the crawl.

Last year’s event brought more than 400 people to see the art and mingle among the businesses on the route. Athens Area Arts Council board members and other volunteers organizing this year’s event hope to draw an even bigger crowd this year to see the varied performances, interactive displays and kids activities.  They will be using the hashtag #ATHNOW for the event, allowing everyone to share the experience in real-time.

You can find the event on Facebook, hosted by Athens Art Crawls.

Go Big or Go Home


One of the goals of the AWA is to help you learn and grow, but as we all know, growing can sometimes be really scary.  Putting yourself and your work out there opens you up to criticism — and possibility.  But you have talent and potential, which is why we are challenging you this fall to do something you’ve never done, join in on some fun, and take your writing into whole new arenas.  So, take a look below and let us know what you are interested in being a part of —

Submit Your Work to our Second Book 

Our first collection of member work, Writers After Dark, was a great artistic success and now the deadline is approaching for our second collection (no theme this time).  The deadline for submissions is Friday, Sept. 5th.  See full details here.

Reading at a Bookstore in Dunwoody 

The always awesome Elsa Russo put this together for us.  We are looking for Athens-area writers to participate in a reading to be held at the Book Warehouse in Dunwoody.  This as a chance to get out of Athens and spread the word about our work farther.  The reading will be on Saturday, September 20th at 2 pm and we’re hoping to have it last about two hours.  Some writers may be carpooling and we’re looking for people who would like to read a short piece (probably 8-15 min.) of their own work.  This will likely be in front of a small, rotating crowd of shoppers and it is a great way to get your feet wet in the arena of public reading.

Reading Halloween Week at Cine

We will be reading our sci-fi, fantasy, and horror work on Wednesday, October 29th at Cine in downtown Athens.  This promises to be a ton of fun in a wonderful new setting for us.  Who knows?  We may even wear costumes.  Each person will read for about 8-10 min. from an original piece.

Please note: For both events first time readers will be expected to attend a table read before the event to help you hone your skills and chasing away any butterflies.  These table reads are fun.

You are a writer.  You have as much right as anyone to have your work in print and heard by an audience.  Almost one year ago, many of our most active, achieving members were right where you are — excited, but a little scared and unsure how to begin to get out there.  But after four reading events and our first book collection, we are full of confident, excited writers who are making lifetime dreams come true.  So wherever you are in your writing journey, consider taking an adventure with us and putting your work out for the whole world to enjoy.  It could just change your life.

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND TEND TO FILL UP FAST.  Please contact if you are interested in participating in either reading and send your book submissions to (after reading the full details for submission).

Hope to see (and hear) you soon!




Do you have a dream to write that first book?

Then join us for the free “Literary Elements” Writer’s Workshop!

Somewhere in your heart you know it.  Maybe this is a recent dream, but quite likely it’s been kicking around in your subconscious for some time and every once in a while, when reading a new novel, or hearing an author interview, or thinking about your lifetime goals it comes to the surface — you want to write a book.  Maybe you imagine being a fulltime, famous, professional writer or maybe there’s just one idea or story that begging you to expound on it and send it out into the world.

Whatever your dream project is — a memoir, non-fiction, children’s book, or novel — there are some common elements needed to move from Chapter 1 to ‘The End’.

Join Athens Writers Association founder Katherine Cerulean to learn how to get started on your first book.  Basics like

  • Making your outline a roadmap instead of a blueprint
  • how to stay inspired and reach the last page
  • A practical timeline

And more with be discussed in this 45 minute talk at the Athens Regional Library on June 26th at 12:15pm.  Click here for more details.

We hope to see you there!

Meet a ‘Georgia Writers Hall of Fame’ Author!

Mark your calendars!  

The Athens Writers Association is proud to present a Q & A session with Philip Lee Williams on August 17th at 3:00pm at The Coffee Shop of Athens.  A lifelong Georgian, Philip Lee Williams is a published novelist, poet and essayist, as well as a composer, a documentary filmmaker and a science writer.

As the founder of the AWA, I cannot express how excited and pleased I am to be able to offer this wonderful opportunity to our members.  When I was a beginning writer, I hardly knew how find any writers to talk to, much less someone on the scale of Mr. Williams.  He was called by another Hall of Fame honoree ‘probably Georgia’s best writer’.

If you are serious about learning and improving, you want to meet and talk with people who are setting the bar for excellence, people who are passionate, and people who are truly creating great works of art.  Mr. Williams is a wonderful example of one such writer.

We hope this to be the first in a series of bringing the best of the best face-to-face with the AWA membership.  You have no idea how inspiring such a meeting can be — don’t miss it!

For more info please check out Philip Lee Williams website and his Georgia Writers Hall of Fame honoree page.

Join us for Writers Read III!




Writer — Tiffanie DeBartolo

Neither should writing.  

Instead come share in the passion, the joy, and our members’ enthusiasm for the written word!  Writers Read III will take place on May 10th, 7:00pm-9:00pm, at The Coffee Shop of Athens at 2950 Atlanta Hwy, Athens, GA 30606.

Readers will include Jennifer Innes, Tanya Moulton, Zhanna P. Rader, Elsa Russo, Lisa Smartt, Rob White, and more!

This event is free and appropriate for mature children and older.  So if you’re looking for a great event to share with your Mom this Mother’s Day Weekend, or if you just love good writing — come join us!

Writers will be available to talk after the event.  Also, let us know if you would be interested in reading at a future event.

Introduction to World Building

Come by the upstairs conference room at the Coffee Shop of Athens (2950 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA) from 2-4pm on Saturday, March 8th for our workshop on world building. We’re offering guidance and some great exercises to get writers thinking about the worlds they want to explore in their stories.

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