If you are an Atlanta-area writer, Fall is a very special time for you. There are so many exciting events going on, you can hardly catch your breath. Your calendar is so packed with books and writing, you wish for eight-day weeks.
Fall in Atlanta is a writer’s orgy.
I’ve put together a list of all the bigger events– if you think of something I’ve missed please let me know!
August 31-September 2 Bookzilla is back! Kick your Fall off with the incomparable Decatur Book Festival, the largest independent book festival in the country. The events start on Friday, with the Writers Conference and keynote speaker Poet Laureate Natasha Tretheway, and proceed through Saturday and Sunday with some of the best writers out there.
August 31-September 3 Dragon*Con is back with a vengence with it’s own share of great writers’ workshops! You’ll have to plan your Labor Day weekend very carefully since the Con and the DBF take place on the same weekend!
October 5-7 Moonlight & Magnolias is the fabulous conference sponsored by the Georgia Romance Writers. I attended this conference for the first time last year, didn’t know a soul, and had a wonderful time. I don’t technically write romance (more women’s fiction/literary fiction), but virtually all of the classes/workshops at M & M will appeal to just about any fiction writer. GRWs bring in some fantastic agents and editors for this event, too. You don’t want to miss it!
October 5-7 A Facebook friend just informed me of the Crossroads Writers Conference 2012 in Macon, GA (about an hour from Atlanta). What a great list of authors! If it wasn’t the same weekend as M & M, I’d definitely be there!
November 3-4 The Atlanta Writers Conference just keeps getting better every year, and I’m not just saying that because it’s sponsored by the Atlanta Writers Club. Check out the big-time agents coming for pitches, critiques, panels, and more! And don’t forget our fabulous workshops!
November 3-18 Last year the The Marcus Jewish Community Center Book Festival made me seriously consider converting to Judaism. It was that good. I don’t know another place in the southeast that gets a roster of authors this renowned.
November 9-10 I’ve yet to make it to what I’ve heard is a gem of an experience at the Dahlonega Literary Festival. Who wouldn’t want to think about books and writing with such big-name authors in historic Dahlonega, GA?
So mark your calendars, writers! Hope to see some of you there!