Committed to helping and inspiring writers since 2009
Red Clay Writers Conference
GWA’s Annual Writers Conference
The Red Clay Writers Conference is the annual conference of the Georgia Writers Association. Red Clay has been hosted since 2009 to encourage and inspire writers across Georgia through a full day of literary events that focus on the art and craft of writing. Speakers include authors, editors, publishers, agents, and marketing specialists who provide attendees with resources to strengthen their craft. Past speakers include Anne Corbitt, Jessica Handler, Andrea Jurjevic, Nicki Salcedo, Anna Schachner, Stephanie Storey, and many others!
Annie Dillard says, “When you write, you lay out a line of words. The line of words is a miner’s pick, a woodcarver’s gouge, a surgeon’s probe. You wield it, and it digs a path you follow. Soon you find yourself deep in new territory. Is it a dead end, or have you located the real subject? You will know tomorrow, or this time next year.” Craft means an activity involving a skill in making things by hand. Writing, like any other handmade craft, is a skill that takes time, dedication, and training to develop.
In a potter’s hands, clay has infinite purpose. It could be a coffee mug, cookie jar, platter. It is the potter’s imagination, skill, and dedication that give his finished piece a purpose. Red clay is a part of Georgia’s identity, much like writing is a part of yours. The Red Clay Writers Conference seeks to spark imagination, develop skills, and encourage perseverance in Georgia’s local crafters.