$270 Full-Conference

(includes keynote dinner, 2 lunches, and field-trip)

$130 One-Day (includes lunch)

$45 a la carte, per session

Suggested Hotel: The Lodge on Lake Oconee

930 Greensboro Road, Eatonton GA

(706) 485-7785

Conference Code, GWM22

Retreat Welcome & Schedule

Welcome to Georgia Writers Museum’s inaugural Writers Retreat!

We are excited to bring together budding and experienced authors for a weekend of workshops, networking, and an overall fun and informative experience. Working with advice and assistance from the Atlanta Writers Club and the Georgia Writers Association, we are honored to welcome notable writers from across the state. Together, we are forming a creative and supportive environment for writers to work on their craft and gain tips for publishing from some of the best writers the state has to offer. Convening in Eatonton, Georgia, your retreat is nestled in the center of Georgia’s literary heartland. Nine Georgia Writers Hall of Fame members lived, worked, and wrote within 30 miles of Georgia Writers Museum. As we say, there must be something in the water!

Looking forward to hosting you at GWM’s inaugural Writers Retreat!

Melissa Swindell, Executive Director

Saturday, February 26

Writing Southern Fiction in the Modern South, Ginger Eager (L) & Veena Rao (R)

Working with an Editor, Tyra Douyon

Rejection and Revision, Chris Negron

Your First Page, Peter Selgin

Writing Poetry, Scott Thomas Outlar

Sunday, February 27

So You Want to Get Published…, Kristine Anderson, Ben Meeks, Patricia Ann Bowen, Chris Swann, and Jim Auchmutey

Finding and Working with a Literary Agent, Pamela Harty (L) and Kim Jackson (R)

Amanda Vining photo

Amanda holds a BS in Biology from Georgia College & State University. She began her career as an educator with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. After leaving the DNR, Amanda became a formal educator with Baldwin County School System and Jasper County School System. Amanda began her museum career at the Museum of Arts and Sciences (MAS) in Macon, Georgia, where she served as Curator of Environmental Science
(2011-2020). While at MAS, Amanda developed a love for sharing the world around us with the many students who visited on school field trips. During her time as Curator of Environmental Science, Amanda launched a storytime
program for preschool children.

Since 2020, Amanda has been serving Georgia Writers Museum as a volunteer on the Education Committee. Amanda has brought her love of sharing stories with students by launching Peaches’ Reading Pasture. As Museum Manager, Amanda looks forward to serving the community and helping to inspire those within our community to put words to paper and share their stories.

Amanda was born and raised in nearby Shady Dale, Georgia. Her husband, Rodney, is a native of Eatonton, and they currently reside in Putnam County. They have three children.