Six months ago, some of the most talented writers in horror literature came together and formed the Atlanta Chapter of the Horror Writers Association. The local chapter is presided by Gini Koch and is comprised of authors of both fiction and dark poetry. The group meets every 2nd Saturday of the month to discuss and support projects, events, and recent publications.The group is open to any writers who wish to join the HWA, and there are several perks in doing so. Follow this link for more information on joining the group.
The original HWA was formed in 1985 with the help of many of the field’s greats, including Joe R. Lansdale, Robert McCammon, and Dean Koontz, although it was not formally incorporated until 1987, the year it first gave Bram Stoker Awards. The group was originally called HOWL (Horror and Occult Writers League), but quickly changed to the Horror Writers of America when they formally organized. HWA now has members and regional chapters throughout North America, Europe, Australia, South Africa, Russia, and Asia, which led to the current name of the organization.
One of HWA’s missions is to encourage public interest in and foster an appreciation of quality horror and dark fantasy literature. To that end, HWA offers information on their Web site, they sponsor or take part in occasional public readings and lectures. They also maintain an official presence at many fan-based horror and fantasy conventions, such as the Bram Stoker Awards® Weekend, World Fantasy Convention and the World Horror Convention.
On Nov. 1st, the Atlanta HWA is hosting their official launch party. The evening will be a fun night of networking and socializing with some of Atlanta’s most notable authors and publishers of horror.
-7:00 PM – 7:30 PM: Networking with the speakers and other writers in a private room adjacent to the cash bar.
-7:30 PM – 7:45 PM: Chapter chair Gini Koch will introduce the organization and its mission.
-7:45 PM to 8:30 PM: Moderator Lynne Hansen will lead a panel discussion entitled “Traditional vs. Self Publishing: How to Survive in Horror.” Panelists include award-winning authors Gini Koch, Jeff Strand, Peter Salomon, and Andy Davidson.
-8:30 PM to 9:30 PM: Attendees will be invited to participate in break-out sessions where they’ll get to talk in small groups with published authors, a literary agent accepting pitches, a book cover artist, an audio drama producer, and more.
-9:30 PM – 10:00 PM: The night will end with another opportunity for writers to socialize with their peers.
**In addition to the schedule above, the authors will have their books available for purchase(cash preferred) and a
cash bar and full restaurant menu will be available.
The event is free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you there.