Georgia Writers Museum is seeking session proposals for the 3rd Annual Writers Retreat. 

February 9-11, 2024

Proposals accepted from Monday, November 12 – Friday, December 8, 2023.

Acceptance emails week of December 18, 2023.
  • Conference will take place at Georgia Writers Museum located in Eatonton, GA.
  • In-person instructors are preferred, but Zoom presentations (or zoom panelists) will be considered.
  • All proposals will be considered, but preference will be given to experienced educators, published writers*, and others actively working in literary fields (editors, agents, publishers, etc.). *If you’ve been published, no more than ten (10) copies of your book(s) must be delivered to the GWM no later than February 1st, 2024 to be added to our retail bookstore for sale during the retreat weekend.
  • Small honorarium available for instructors.
  • Sessions should be a total of 75 minutes long, giving you 60 minutes for content and allowing for 15 minutes of Q & A.
Presentation formats include:

Individual or Panel: Focus on a theme or issues that will engage a variety of writers from new writers to self-published writers. The most successful panels include a range of perspectives and case studies with practical strategies that have broad applications to many different kinds of writers.
Roundtable: Short presentation by the individual and/or panel, followed by a moderated discussion with the audience about a particular topic.

Workshop: Guiding attendees through a series of hands-on activities in which they apply the skills and concepts being covered to their own work (or example pieces). These kinds of sessions often include the showcasing of abilities and the imparting of knowledge that can be used immediately by the audience in order to help them meet their personal writing goals.

Please complete and submit the following proposal form by Friday, December 15, 2023 . Questions? Contact George Weinstein , Executive Director, Atlanta Writers Club at The Atlanta Writers Club and Georgia Writers Museum work in close partnership to host this conference.

Suggested Session Topics Include, but not Limited To:

Writer how-to’s

Writing Mysteries

Book marketing/social media

Cover Design

Writing Graphic Novels

First Aid for Last Chapters

Publishers & Query Letters

Author’s Websites

From the page to the screen

Paths to publication

So many levels of editing

It’s never too early to start marketing

The value of critique groups

Where and how to publish short stories, poetry, essays, and other short-form writing

Writing is lonely: The importance of networking and community

Writing aids–from software to corkboards

Sources of income for writers

Freelance writing for businesses

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Considering a sponsorship for the GWM Writers Retreat?

Melissa Swindell, Executive Director

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.