Our instructors are here to help you! Learn new techniques and tricks of the trade, or ask for feedback from your favorite Georgia writers and from professional writing instructors. Each quarter, we invite instructors who understand the rewards and challenges of writing to assist you through the process. Instructors offer practical advice about the publishing process, and answer questions about marketing and selling your work, in addition to providing assistance with writing style. 

Interested in joining a writing workshop? 

Writers Workshop with George Weinstein: Writing Mysteries & Thrillers

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Georgia Writers Museum hosts a variety of classes to best fit a wide range of schedules. We’ve hosted half-day classes to four-day workshops. We work with each instructor to determine the best length for their course, and then schedule their workshop.

Georgia Writers Museum selects the most in-demand topics from your requests. We’ve hosted classes on Beginning Writing, Writing Styles, Writing Across Different Genres, Character Development, Short Story Writing, and Memoir Writing, to mention a few.

Most classes include time for participants to respond to a short writing prompt or write on a subject of your choosing to help the instructor work with your specific style and provide specific feedback on your writing. Other courses include practical topics on publishing your book, and best practices for marketing. Each of our instructors is a published and professional writer with robust knowledge of the industry.

Want to request a course?

Email info@georgiawritersmuseum.org / subject Writing Workshop

The cost of each course varies. Workshop pricing is determined by a number of factors including instruction time and course materials. In addition, a percent of each workshop registration supports Georgia Writers Museum, which relies on ticket sales and donations in order to bring these workshops and educational programming to our community. 


Qualifications for featured instructors:

Georgia Writers Museum is a premier resource for readers and writers throughout the state of Georgia. Therefore, all instructors should have published works through a professional publishing firm and have teaching experience.

3rd Quarter

Genre: Writing History: Yours & Others

This is a two-hour prompt-driven online class. Writers will explore techniques for capturing vibrant history on the page, and participants will learn the basics of crafting characters, dialogue, and world-building for both historical fiction and memoir.

Writers in this class will explore and utilize methods for bringing history alive on the page, learn to write effective dialogue without using “historical-ese,” investigate tips for crafting characters from the past who connect with present-day readers, and examine the deployment of research in narrative while maintaining story. This workshop is suitable for prose writers at all levels.

Instructor Bio:

In addition to being a Professor of Creative Writing at Oglethorpe University, Jessica Handler is author of The Magnetic Girl, winner of the 2020 Southern Book Prize, a nominee for the Townsend Prize for Fiction, and a Georgia Author of the Year finalist. The novel also was selected as a 2019 “Books All Georgians Should Read,” an Indie Next pick, a Wall Street Journal Spring 2019 pick, a Bitter Southerner Summer 2019 pick, and a SIBA Okra Pick.

Handler’s memoir, Invisible Sisters, was also named one of the “Books All Georgians Should Read,” and her craft guide, Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief and Loss, was praised by Vanity Fair magazine. Her writing has appeared on NPR, in Tin House, Drunken Boat, The Bitter Southerner, Electric Literature, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Newsweek, and The Washington Post.b

Author Website: https://jessicahandler.com/

4th Quarter

Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers

This is a two-hour prompt-driven online class. Writers will explore the unique elements needed to create satisfying mysteries and thrillers that will keep readers turning the pages. Lessons from this workshop can be applied to other genres where writers want to introduce elements of suspense, questions that compel the characters to act, and some thrills to put readers on the edge of their seats. This workshop is suitable for prose writers at all levels.

Instructor Bio: 

George Weinstein is author of the suspense thriller Watch What You Say and the Southern mystery Aftermath. A popular speaker with book clubs and at literary festivals, George is fond of telling readers the stories behind the stories and providing writers with advice he wished he had received when he embarked on his writing career in 2000.

George is the former and current President of the historic Atlanta Writers Club (AWC), which was founded in 1914. Since 2008 he has also served as the Director of the twice-yearly Atlanta Writers Conference, giving writers access to publishing house acquisitions editors, literary agents, and other industry professionals and has helped thousands of writers on their journey toward publication.

Ticket Link: https://www.georgiawritersmuseum.com/apps/webstore/products/show/8170565

Author Website: https://www.georgeweinstein.com/

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