The Next Chapter

Dear Friends of GWM,

We are very excited to announce that we will be starting a major renovation to make your museum even better. We will be closed to visitors from Thursday, April 4, through the summer. Have no fear, though, we will continue to host our popular Meet the Author events, Writers Workshops, and Crime & Wine series, but they will temporarily be held at different locations (check our website for updates). Also, don’t worry about your favorite new gathering spot…Sylvia’s Coffee Shop will remain open throughout.

Our recent recognition as Georgia Association of Museums’ Institution of the Year and the award from the Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce for Community Organization of the Year tell us we are on the right track. On top of that, we are fortunate to have received two prestigious grants to help fund the first phase of our improvements. All of these organizations recognize GWM’s commitment to our mission and values, and our contributions to economic growth and sustainability, so obviously we are quite proud.

Most importantly, none of this would have happened without you, our local community. You have paved the way for our exciting transformation with your loyal patronage and generous support. We are moving forward with you in mind as we:

  • Upgrade infrastructure (lighting and soundproofing) to enhance your experience.
  • Create a first-class meeting space for small community gatherings.
  • Design space for future exhibits to better tell the stories of the nine Distinguished Georgia Authors who lived within 30 miles of the museum.

The new museum will be a valuable resource to readers and writers alike. We are excited about the changes, and hope you will continue to support us as we grow! If you would like to contribute to these renovations, or our plans for the future, and to stay informed of upcoming programs, please visit our website at

We look forward to seeing you at our programs this summer, and then at the museum when we reopen.

Very simply, THANK YOU.

Lou Benjamin, Board President

Georgia Writers Museum

Other Ways to Give

As a courtesy to you in your gift planning, please be aware of some strategies that can benefit you at year-end. Even if you previously made a gift in 2021, these strategies can benefit you. Donate before Dec. 31 to make sure you receive a tax break for this year.


If you plan to send a gift by mail, please send to:

Georgia Writers Museum P.O. Box 3429 Eatonton, GA 31024


Fulfill your required minimum distribution with a non-taxable gift to GWM (if you are age 70½ or older).


Donate appreciated stocks to Georgia Writers Museum, and you can eliminate capital gains tax. We recommend you initiate the transfer by Dec. 1, to allow time for processing and ensure that transfers are executed by the end of the year.

Retirement Plan Assets

Name Georgia Writers Museum as a beneficiary. These assets remain taxable when distributed to a loved one, but tax-free when given to a nonprofit.


Always speak with your tax professional. Your tax or financial advisor can help you determine your best charitable giving strategies.