Workshop Description

Publishing (or what I like to call it, “the business of books”) can be a difficult journey to navigate. Finding and working with the right editor is imperative for creating a strong manuscript that is ready for querying literary agents, sending to writing competitions, or venturing into self-publishing. In this workshop, attendees will learn about the various types of editing, the differences in editing styles across genres, and will leave with a list of resources that will prove helpful as they continue pursuing publication.

About Tyra Douyon

Tyra Douyon is an Atlanta-based writer, editor, and educator. She earned her B.A. in English Education and is pursuing her M.A. in Professional Writing from Kennesaw State University. After three years as a high school teacher, she now works as a professional editor and author. She is the founder and editorial director of Write House Books, a company that offers editing services to authors that focus on uplifting underrepresented communities in their work, and is a Writer/Editor for Gallopade International and The Headlight Review. She writes poetry and fiction that highlight the effects of mental health and the intersection of Afro-Caribbean and American identity. Her writing has appeared in Josephine Quarterly, The Headlight Review, Paper Dragon, Storm Cellar, and others and she was recently accepted into the 2022 cohort of the TinHouse Writer’s Workshop. You can find her filling her shopping cart with too many flowers, running late to Jiu-Jitsu practice, and visiting national parks with her dog, Mya. Website:

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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.