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The Public Reading was a Hit!

Note the awesomely-drawn chair by Katherine Cerulean (!)

A crowd of thirty-seven people came out for our Laughin’ in Athens release party and Public Reading event at the Athens-Clarke County Library on Saturday, Sep. 9th. We sold copies of this, as well as the two previous, collections. We also signed books, marveled at giant pink balloons (thank you Party City!), and snacked on “funny” candies.

Thanks to all our wonderful readers, Alia Ghosheh, Genie Smith Bernstein, Janine Elyse Aronson, A C (Shorty) Wilmoth, Chelsea Brooks, Katherine Cerulean, Rob White, Larry Coleman, Hannah Thomas, Zhanna P. Rader, Billie H. Wilson, Shantala Kay Russell, and Jay Barnes. And thanks to everyone who donated and/or bought books from us!

The event was a delight, and afterwords a group of us crossed the street to continue reveling at Champys Fried Chicken. Once there, a number of hilarious events took place — but that’s a story for Laughin’ in Athens Volume II . . .

Please check out some photos from the event —

Genie Smith Bernstein wonders “Is God a Border Collie?” before a packed house

 

AWA co-founder Rob White tells “The Tall Modern Tale of a Small 80s Boy”

 

Even from the cheap seats, listeners were enthralled by Larry Coleman’s “The Dance”

 

Katherine Cerulean performs her take on an unhinged robot “For Your Consideration”

 

“Stephen King” offers to finish our event by reading all 849 pages of his bestseller “11/22/63”. Luckily the man, later revealed to be local author Jay Barnes, read from his delightful (and briefer) story “Driving Miss Kitty” instead

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The Collection is Here!

The AWA’s third collection, Laughin’ in Athens is out! Check out our humorous collection in ebook and paperback on Amazon, and (coming soon) in select Athens, GA stores.

It took a lot of hard work and quite a few tears were shed (of laughter) but we four editors — myself, Jill Hartmann, Jennifer Innes, and Rob White — are proud to present our largest collection yet: 174 pages, thirty authors, and thirty-three pieces designed to make you think a little deeper, feel a little more, and (especially) laugh at the absurdity of everyday life while seeing a bit of reality in the most fanciful of jests.

Laughing alone is good; laughing together is even better!

Come out and join us for a Public Reading of Laughin’ in Athens on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at the Athens-Clarke County Library at 3:00 pm — 5:00 pm. This event will take place in Multipurpose Room “C” (at the end of the first hall on the left) and will feature a wonderful selection of our contributors reading short pieces. We’ll also have copies of the collection on hand to purchase.

Laughin‘ in Athens will also be available at our monthly Gathering for sale.

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Thanks again to all the wonderful writers who submitted their work, and to everyone for their suggestions, ideas, and help throughout this process.

So please join us if you can on September 9th for an evening of Laughin’ in Athens!

A Cool Fall Evening, A Historic House, And Some of the Nicest Writers You’ll Ever Meet — Join Us!

The T. R. R. Cobb House built in 1842 is an historic octagon house originally located at 194 Prince Avenue in Athens, Georgia.

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 AWA is proud to be working with Rabbit Box and Athens Word of Mouth to bring the art of the spoken word to the festivities.  Among other places, we will be performing in the T.R.R. Cobb House.

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.

Where do you fit in?  The AWA will be reading all evening and would love to have you come visit us and listen all the spoken word artists.  We also are still filling spots in our reader lineup — which might be original pieces written for the event or ones that tie in with the other contributors — the details are still being ironed out.

If you are interested in being part of the reading (or volunteering to help the AWA that day) please email me at Katherinecerulean@gmail.com

We are very excited to be part of such a wonderful Athens event!

Go Big or Go Home

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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 KatherineCerulean@gmail.com if you are interested in participating in either reading and send your book submissions to innesjen@gmail.com (after reading the full details for submission).

Hope to see (and hear) you soon!

 

 

 

Join us for Writers Read III!

 

 

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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.

A Great Success!

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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 Katherinecerulean@gmail.com 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!

Writers Table Read

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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!