What an ideal week to curl up in your pj's with that new book you were gifted- it is quiet on Atlanta's literary front this week. Don't fret- next week is full of literary promise.
If, for some sad reason, you were denied the joy of a good read this holiday season, there are plenty of local bookstores around the city for you to treat yourself. Odds are you've earned it.
Thursday's literary events share a common theme: female empowerment. It can't be denied: Cliterati Open No-Mic returns at Charis, Bound to Be Read will host a discussion of Natasha Trethewey's Native Guard, and HydeATL and Team Luis present the second annual collection of Atlanta's Bad Bitches at the Star Bar.
Kill Your Darling's Writer's Workshop
Dec. 17 | 7 p.m.
A bi-weekly writing workshop for writers of every make and model - essayists, poets, novelists - all are welcome. It's an opportunity to bond over the written word and get to know community- with or without writing in tow.
Eyedrum Writer's Exchange
Dec. 18 | 8 p.m.
Warhorse Coffee Shop at the Goat Farm
A unique writing workshop - writers of all genres are invited to share 10 minutes of their work and in return will receive five minutes of constructive feedback from a supportive community of authors.
Charis Books has a busy week ahead- not only will they be hosting the bi-weekly Writing With Intent writer's workshop, but on Saturday they'll be hosting the Tall Tales and Real Man Adventures event down the street at the Star Bar. After transitioning from female to male, author T Cooper authored Real Man Adventures- a book that explores the meaning of manhood through a combination of essays, interviews, and artwork. To celebrate the book's release Cooper will take the stage with Amy Ray and Scott Turner Schofield for the third time in a decade. It may be years before the three join forces again- so think twice before missing out.
Open to fiction, poetry, and non-fiction writers alike- Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary Program's facilitated group is tailored for serious writers looking for a literary workshop to shape-up their work and keep them focused. Suggested donation of $5.
A bookish event for the whole family. Author Carmen Deedy and her husband, Grammy-nominated musician John McCutcheon, will be performing and reading to help raise funds for the DeKalb Library Foundation. Deedy's works include Return of the Library Dragon, Cows for America and The Cheshire Cheese Cat.
Kill Your Darlings Writer's Workshop
Dec. 3, 7 p.m.
Park Grounds, Reynoldstown
A bi-weekly writing workshop for writers of every make and model (essayists, poets, novelists...). It's an opportunity to bond over the written word and get to know the local writing community, with or without writing in tow.
Readings & Revelry: Holiday Celebrations with BURNAWAY, VouchedATL, and The Wren's Nest
Dec. 4, 7 p.m.
It's an evening for trifectas: holiday punch, readings, and shopping hosted by BURNAWAY, Vouched Books, and the Wren's Nest. Guests will hear selections from two collections of Atlantan historical fiction: BURNAWAY's Le Bulletin Savant de l'Institut Historique Fictif d'Atlanta and the Wren's Nest KIPP Scribes' Read After Burning. Readers include Johnny Drago, CL's Thomas Wheatley, Amy McDaniel, Scott Daughtridge, and Lauren Traetto.
The Thanksgiving feast may have been cleared from the table but Atlanta is still serving up a host of literary events. This week visiting authors vary from steam-punk pulp novelist Cherie Priest at Charis to highly acclaimed art critic Camille Paglia at Ivy Hall. If that's not enough - Write Club Atlanta is breaking form and heading to the Goat Farm, the Squirrel Census is throwing a bonanza, and a literary bootcamp is being hosted at SCAD.
Writing With Intent
Nov. 26 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Open to fiction, poetry, and non-fiction writers alike - Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary Program's facilitated group is tailored for serious writers looking for a literary workshop to shape-up their work and keep them focused. Suggested donation of $5.
Carapace Raconteurs: BLINDSIDED!
Nov. 27 | 7:30-9 p.m.
This month Carapace challenges writers to take the stage at Manuel's Tavern to share tales of shocks! More specifically - those instances of complete and utter surprise - in love, labor, or just day-to-day happenings. Readers will have five minutes to tell their tales.
Before you sink your teeth into your turkey leg this Thursday why not feast on some food for thought? It's not often an author such as Anne Lamott graces our city twice in a year- so her talk tonight at the First Baptist Church of Decatur should prove to be a tough one to miss. Or, if you're in a mood to write- what better way to celebrate National Novel Writing Month than joining the Kill Your Darlings ATL at Park Grounds?
Georgia Center for the Book Presents: Anne Lamott
Nov. 19th | 7p
First Baptist Church of Decatur
Kill Your Darlings Writing Workshop
Monday, Nov. 5, 7-10 p.m.
Park Grounds in Reynoldstown
The popular bi-weekly writing workshop will be back in action this Monday at Park Grounds in Reynoldstown. Come bearing your latest poems, essays, or novel excerpts and join in. Or if you like, just come to get to know the community with or without writing in tow.
What do you have planned for your event in Atlanta?
In Atlanta, I'll be visiting a monthly reading and performance series at Charis. They call it the open "no mic." I'm excited to be invited to offer my work in call and response with what others are working on.
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