GWP students at their May 31 final exhibit

The Georgia Writers’ Project is an ongoing workshop series that explores family, place, and identity. We read, write, draw, listen, act, sing, watch, and just about anything else. Every student receives a stipend, and shows their work in a closing reception.  

Where do you feel most at home? Is home a place, a person, an activity, or something else?

How do the people in your life influence your creativity? How does the place where you live influence your perspective?

Where do you come from? What do you hope for?

Fall 2019 Workshop

“Introduction to Creative Writing”

“Introduction to Creative Writing” will introduce students to basic strategies in the writing of poetry and fiction, and in the critical analysis of literature. The course will consist of a series of visiting lecturers, discussion of assigned texts, activities, and workshops of students’ original creative work. The course is open to all accepted high school students, and to Athens Technical College students, regardless of major. The only prerequisite is an interest in creative writing. Apply here.

Summer Independent Study

The independent study is designed to give students guided support during their summer writing, reading, and thinking. Students can expect to work on a manuscript with the intent of sending it out for publication or for writers’ conference applications.

The independent study sessions will be one-on-one with the instructor, and students will receive personalized reading list based on their manuscript. The independent study requires a one-hour weekly commitment in the months of July and August, and takes place at the Walton County Public Library.

Spring 2019 Workshop 

“How Can I Say Who I Am? Exploring Self in Word and Image”

Students in this workshop considered how regional and family history impacts their identity by reading and creating texts that combine both written and visual elements. Students studied Carrie Mae Weems, Louise Bourgeois, Lynda Barry, Lorna Simpson, and others. Students discussed the writers’ creative choices and completed creative activities responding to the readings. Visiting writers and artists led activities and discussions for the class, and the students showed their work in a final exhibit at the Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts on May 31.

Our History

The Georgia Writers’ Project is an ongoing workshop series. Its mission is to open access to creative writing and art education by recognizing the value of students’ creative work.

The GWP came about in October 2018, when the Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts received a 2019 Vibrant Communities Grant through the Georgia Council for the Arts.

Since then, we have been planning, fundraising, and grant-writing in order to make our first workshop possible.

In our first workshop, eight Walton County high school students received a small stipend to attend a 12-week writing and visual arts workshop called “How Can I Say Who I Am? Exploring the Self in Word and Image.” The workshop took take place from 4-7 every Monday in March, April, and May, and culminated in a public reception and celebration of student work.

In July and August 2019, GWP is offering an independent study, designed to give students guided support during their summer writing, reading, and thinking. The next workshop begins Fall 2019. To apply, follow the “Apply!” link at the top of this page.

GWP is an ongoing workshop series with the goal of having a long-term positive impact on students’ lives. We are currently applying for grants to support our Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 workshops. If a student attends all three workshops a year, over the course of their four years in high school, they will have created a considerable portfolio of work, all of which will have been fully funded.

Sponsor Us!

Your donation will support Walton County students’ writing and art. Click here, and scroll until you see “Georgia Writers’ Project.”

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