Funds on-going costs associated with operating a museum in a historic building.

Supports the museum exhibits of 69 Hall of Fame authors and research on the 9 featured authors  from the Lake Country.

Brings well-known writers to GWM each month for virtual & in-person Meet the Author  programs.

Ensures our website is reviewed and updated monthly for vital software updates & easy access.

Maintains our customer relationship database each month, helping us send emails & schedule programs.

Manages our social media each month, keeping you up to date.

GWM Depends on You!

This year was a milestone year for Georgia Writers Museum. In 2022, we were honored with the Institution of the Year award by the Georgia Association of Museums. We could not have achieved this honor without our dedicated board and volunteers and the tireless support they show all year. But we also couldn’t achieve this without you.

Thank you for attending our Meet the Author programs, Writers Workshops, and fall fundraising events. In our first full year of programming since 2019, you helped us exceed our goals. We met new friends, welcomed incredible authors, and partnered with non-profits and local businesses for a record-breaking year!

  • 1,076 Unique Visitors enjoyed programs, workshops, and the exhibits!
  • We’ve welcomed guests from 49 Georgia counties, 24 states, Canada, and Puerto Rico!
  • We’ve hosted 38 authors for over 85 hours of programming.
  • Spooky Story submissions doubled, when 290 students submitted spooky stories to our annual contest, and 30 volunteer readers helped select the winners.
  • Georgia Writers Hall of Fame members John T. Edge and Philip Lee Williams donated artifacts for new exhibits. We opened a new exhibit, You’re My Type: A Short History of Typing, that explores the invention of the typewriter.

With your support, earned income increased 159% between last year and now. We cannot thank you enough for supporting our local non-profit, attending programs, and shopping local.

We’re proud of our accomplishments, and we hope you are, too. Please help us keep our momentum going strong. More than ever, we depend on your generous donations to keep doing what we’re doing.  

As always, thank you for your continued support of 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.

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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.