Kate Sweeney (left) and Nicholas Tecosky compete in Rock Paper Scissors game to see who goes first during a Write Club Atlanta event.
Photo: Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com
Photo: Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Atlanta's 5 best meet-ups for storytellers

Whether you're a professional writer, an amateur looking to make it big, or just a literature enthusiast, Atlanta's clubs and get-togethers offer events you'll want to add to your calendar.

LIT – Billed as "books, booze, and beats," Lit takes over the Edgewood Speakeasy in the Old Fourth Ward behind the door at Pizzeria Vesuvius on the last Thursday of every month. All are welcome to watch, listen and imbibe as ten people take the stage reading selections from books based on the monthly theme. Reading slots usually fill up fast so be sure to RSVP to read ahead of time if you want in. There is no admission fee to attend but event goers are asked to bring a book to donate.

10 Days Before – This meet-up happens every two weeks at locations across the Atlanta area. In addition to educational opportunities about the professional writing process, the meet-up offers every other Thursday critiquing sessions where you work analyzed by others in the group in a low-key atmosphere plus additional events throughout the month. Be sure to RSVP for the free events ahead of time via their meetup.com page.

Atlanta Screenwriters Anonymous – More into films than novels? Join this group, which has been around since 1998, at their events to learn more about the screenwriting process, hang out with fellow screenwriters (aka networking) and get critiques on your work. Unlike other writing groups, this meet-up only focuses on screenplays so the constructive criticism comes from industry veterans who are keen on supporting each other.

Write Club – When Write Club comes back in September from their summer hiatus, there's no doubt it will once again be chocked full of literary entertainment. On the second Wednesday of each month at the Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge, entrants take the stage for timed bouts. While you're waiting for Write Club to pick back up, be sure to check out their podcasts so you know what to expect when you attend.

Vicious Circle Writers Group – Grab a drink, bring something you've written (2000 words or less), and get critiqued by Atlanta's writing community at this twice monthly meet-up at Manuel's Tavern on North Highland. Meetings take place on the second and fourth Monday of each month in restaurant's Eagles Nest where guests are invited to imbibe while critiquing work and meeting new friends.

Can't get enough literature? The Margaret Mitchell House frequently hosts authors doing readings from their recently published works and lecturing while the Atlanta History Center hosts authors discussing the subject matter of their published books. For kids, Little Shop of Stories in Decatur frequently invites authors in to read their books and meet the littlest audience members.

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