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How to Have a Happy, Writing-Filled Holiday!

from Hypable

Whether you love the holidays, or whether you work retail (kidding…kind of ūüėČ ) the season is upon us. And most everyone would agree that between the parties, shopping, events, baking, and general busyness, it is a challenge to make time to write.

But I would argue that this is one of the most important times to write. Magical and emotional moments abound, and many of these make for wonderful stories and memories worth recording and sharing with others.

And for those of us who write fiction, or poetry, or anything else, this time seems to the exact right moment to follow our hearts, our star, and keep true to ourselves in a often hectic and frazzling time. Consider making time to write the gift you’ll give yourself this holiday season.

from jenifermorrison –

So how do you make time for writing during this season?

It’s not easy but it can be done. Below are a few time management tips that have worked for me, a few ways you can hang with the AWA and get inspired, and finally a couple of ideas about how to bring your love of writing into the season, ensuring it indeed will be a very happy holiday!

  • Set a goal for this week. At the beginning of each week, set a goal, and¬†write down a plan. Have a certain goal of time or pages for your work days and off days. Then write those goals on your calendar, somewhere where you can see them each day.
  • Just sit¬†down for 15 minutes. It’s very easy to feel tired and overwhelmed so just agree with yourself to sit down and write something – anything – for even a few minutes. You might find yourself having fun and getting into it.
  • Pick an idea you’re excited about. If it’s harder to make time right now, give yourself the gift of working on something you’re crazy about — something a little too wild, cool, fun, or silly. Take the season off from the hard stuff and dig into the awesome stuff… you might never go back.
  • Just do it. If you want to hit your writing goals by the end of the year, then… hit your¬†writing goals by the end of the year. Expect it to be hard, real hard, and relish the chance to do yourself proud and achieve what few would even dare to try during the craziest time of the year. You CAN do it. You just have to want it bad enough.
  • Get inspired and have fun with the AWA!¬†Join us every Wednesday for our Jittery Joe’s ‘Write-In’, our monthly social ‘Gathering’, our ‘Read-Ins’, and our ‘Open Mic’ on December 8th at ‘Normal Books’. Click on the ‘Upcoming Events’ link at the top of the page for full details.
  • Finally, have a little fun and share your passion. You have a gift and a love of words– share it this season. Send out real, paper holiday cards and write beautiful, unusually heartfelt messages this year. In addition to regular gifts, give a favorite book to loved ones — maybe a different one based on each person’s taste and interests. And volunteer your talent and time to help the elderly or children or soldiers by writing cards, reading stories aloud, or just sit down and talk to someone about how writing has changed your life.

    “And then they realized they were no longer little girls: they were little women.”

Most of all, be kind to yourself, do your best, and then just relax and enjoy the season. Writing and the magic of the holidays — what a great combination!

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‚Äôs theme is ‚ÄúSunset and Shadows,‚ÄĚ 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.

A Great Success!


We filled every seat in the house (and the Coffee Shop of Athens had to bring in a few lawn chairs from outside)! ¬†‘Writers Read II’ and was a big hit and everyone had a great time. ¬†Thanks to our wonderful readers (pictured above, left to right) Rob White,¬†Chris Jansen,¬†Elsa Russo,¬†Kevin Townsend,¬†Jill Hartmann-Roberts,¬†Katherine Cerulean,¬†Miles McClellan,¬†Nancy Lynn Scott,¬†Jennifer Innes,¬†Greg Davis, and¬†Sam Thomas (not pictured).

We’ll have another reading on March 26th called ‘Writers Read – After Dark’. ¬†See our ‘Events’ page for more info on the kind of writing we are spot-lighting at that event. ¬†We still have a few reader slots open; please email if you are interested in participating.

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported us. ¬†You were a great crowd and your support means so much. ¬†Can’t wait for the next one!

Guest Speaker: Author Bobby Nash

  • Saturday, January 18, 2014

    6:00 PM

  • The Coffee Shop of Athens

    2950 Atlanta Hwy (in front of Bulldog carwash), Athens, GA, Athens, GA

  • Bobby Nash is likely the most prolific, dedicated and hard working author AWA member Rob White says he has had the privilege of meeting. He’s written and published countless novels in multiple genres, contributes to comic books and podcasts on writing and is constantly making the convention rounds representing himself as an author. He had his own reading panel at DragonCon this past year, where Rob asked if he could come share his experiences with us and he said he would love to. So come on down and let’s pick this gentleman’s brain. There’s a lot all of us could learn from Mr. Bobby Nash.

Writers Table Read


Come one, come all!

This¬†Saturday, January 4, at¬†5:00 PM at The Coffee Shop of Athens¬†(2950 Atlanta Hwy [in front of Bulldog carwash], Athens, GA,Athens, GA) we will be having a practice read in anticipation of our next ‘Writers Read’ event which is later this month. ¬†The slots are full for the event but feel free to join us this Sat. to listen as our readers hone their skills. ¬†It’s also an exciting chance to see what being a reader is all about, in case you would like to read with us in the future.

And remember, the actual ‘Writers Read II’ event will be on January 25th — mark your calenders!

Come See Us!

Your favorite Athens writers will be at ‘Indie South Fair’ this weekend in Athens! ¬†Come buy some books and learn more about your local writers! ¬†Full details here.

Exciting Times For Our Local Authors!

Rob White, Jennifer Innes, and Katherine Cerulean all have books just out or out soon.


Rob White‘s first novel,¬†The Pull¬†is free for a limited time on e-book and the sequel,¬†Home is Where the Monsters Are,¬†is out today on e-book and paperback. ¬†Check them out on¬†Amazon.

Jennifer Innes‘ Kickstarter campaign for¬†The Beginning of Whit¬†ends on Nov. 7th. ¬†She’s almost at her goal; she only needs $305 to make this 20-years-in-the-making dream come true. ¬†Buy your copy¬†here.


And finally,¬†Katherine Cerulean‘s self help book,¬†How to Come Alive: A Guidebook to Living the Life of¬†Your¬†Dreams, is out now on e-book and will be available in paperback by the end of Nov. ¬†Learn more¬†here.

And we have more local authors waiting in the wings.  This is truly a wonderful time to be a supporter (and fan) of Athens, GA talent.

Like What You See?

Then join us this Monday, Oct. 7th, and create your own WordPress blog. ¬†Wordpress is a great, free site with the power to allow you to make a professional author / book website that shines. ¬†This workshop is free and led by local Athens writer and creator of ‘The Pull’ series Rob White and AWA founder Katherine Cerulean. ¬†Join us for a fun-filled few hours! ¬†Just show up; no RSVP necessary.

Word Press Workshop

  • Monday, October 7, 2013

    5:00 PM

  • Athens-Clarke County Library

    2025 Baxter Street, Athens, GA (edit map)

  • Whether you‚Äôre a creative type who‚Äôd love to document and share your progress in living the life of your dreams or a professional writer looking to create a great web presence, Word Press is a powerful, free way to share yourself with the world. Join us and learn how to build a professional-looking site with WP‚Äôs simple tools. Check out and for some examples. ¬†You may bring your laptop if you would like to design your blog in the workshop.


Our first ‘Writers Read’ event was a great success on Saturday night! ¬†We had over 40 people there and our readers did an amazing job. ¬†The response from the Athens community was very gratifying and showed a real interest in hearing more from us.

We’ll have photos (and hopefully video!) soon. ¬†In the meantime, head over to our upcoming events section and grab a little AWA fun for yourself.

‘Writers Read’ Event!

writers read flyer

It’s nearly here! ¬†The AWA is super proud to sponsor the premiere Writers Read event. ¬†It will take place in the very charming and peaceful The Coffee Shop of Athens (2950 Atlanta Highway, Athens, Georgia 30606). ¬†The event is free and open to the public and will run from 7:00 pm — 9:00 pm with time after to allow you to talk to the authors and ask any questions about writing and self publishing you may have. ¬†All reading will be PG-13 appropriate.

Our lineup includes (speakers are subject to change)–

Katherine Cerulean

Jill Hartmann-Roberts

Jennifer Innes

Miles McClellan

Zhanna P. Rader

Elsa Russo

Rob White

Shanon Wynns

Join these and other talented Athens writers and learn more about the fast-growing writing scene in Athens. ¬†From the first laugh to the last tear, you are in for a treat. ¬†Feel free to contact Katherine Cerulean at if you have any questions or if you’d be interested in reading at a future event.