Atlanta is a bustling, nurturing town for aspiring writers. Margaret Mitchell got her start here as a writer and went on to write one of the most famous Southern novels – “Gone With the Wind.” To kick start other Southern writers, Atlanta offers a variety of opportunities from taking a creative writing class, to meeting published writers, to reading work to a live audience and more. Whether you’re looking to write the next big screenplay or touching poem, there’s a spot in Atlanta to get your passion going.
The Atlanta Screenwriters Group
Campus of Georgia State University
33 Gilmer St. S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30303
Since its inception in 1998, The Atlanta Screenwriters Group has met in many different locations However, one thing remains — its friendly welcome to all aspiring screenwriters. The group is a place to read screenplays for feedback, listen to others or perform exercises to increase inspiration and skill set. It is a great group to surround yourself with to inspire the next great screenplay. Meetings are help the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 8 p.m.
Writing Classes at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
980 Briarcliff Road
Atlanta, GA 30306
Nestled in a wooded lot off Briarcliff Road in the Emory area lies the magnificent, historic mansion of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. The home itself is artistic inspiration and a perfect setting for artistic classes ranging from painting to dance to pottery to writing. Interested writers should check the seasonal calendar for current writing class offerings from poetry to non-fiction to memoirs and more. There is a cost for enrollment and each class is unique in price and schedule.
425 Church St.
Decatur, GA 30030
For the brave writer who has written something and is ready to share it with the world, Java Monkey offers you the opportunity in its weekly poetry/spoken word open mic night. Audience members never know what they might hear but come with an open mind. Grab a coffee and your courage and join other aspiring writers as they share their work. Check the website for current events.
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Decatur Book Festival
Downtown Decatur Square
101 E. Court Square
Decatur, GA 30034
The Decatur Book Festival is a great opportunity to meet published writers on a local and national level. This festival brings out a crowd of book worms from kids to adults with a wide range of interests. It is a great spot for an aspirational writer to hob knob with book store owners, writers and readers. The festival is free to the public but the books cost money.
Emory Continuing Education
201 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322
Located on the prestigious Emory University campus are class offerings for non-enrolled students in its continuing education program. As part of its personal development offering, Emory offers creative writing classes in both fiction and non-fiction arenas. Interested students should check the seasonal calendar available online or can sign-up for it to be delivered in the mail. Cost for classes is also available in the catalog.
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Stacy Sheets is native to Atlanta. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia. Stacy is a freelance writer who enjoys keeping abreast on the best Atlanta has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.