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.


We'll be announcing our 2020 conference details in September

What People Say About the Conference

Since attending the Red Clay Writers Conference, I have felt more equipped than ever to experiment with my writing. The workshops were structured to include everyone, regardless of level of experience, making the prospect of writing in a new genre feel more accessible and more exciting. I walked away from the conference with new information, new resources, and a fresh perspective on writing as a whole.
Thank you for providing such an admirable conference that shines light on Georgia writers. Listening to the speakers on publishing and editing was very beneficial when it came to the steps I needed to take towards my writing. One thing I loved about the Red Clay Writers Conference was the encouragement of networking among writers since we tend to shy away from promoting our own work. Thrilled for the next Red Clay Writers Conference!
Writers usually work in splendid isolation, which is why conferences like Red Clay are indispensable—an opportunity to meet fellow writers and gain knowledge of the craft, business, and art of writing.
What I love most about the Red Clay Writers Conference is the access it gives me to other writers--established, emerging, and just beginning--in my community. I get to learn from and meet writers whose work I admire while discovering new voices and making new writer friends. I always leave it feeling inspired!
If you are an aspiring author, Red Clay gives you a unique opportunity to interact with some prolific authors who are very open and honest about their publishing successes and woes. They are also extremely open and even raw at times about the process of writing, demystifying the journey. If you are hackin’ at this thing—if a story is rumbling around in you and you’re trying to get it all down and out—go to this conference.
I’ve attended Red Clay at various stages of my writing career. I consider the conference an invaluable resource—one that’s generative as well as instructional, inspirational as well as practical. It’s a creative wellspring for our community and region.