“There’s a lot of people out there with an aspiration to write. Educate and encourage is what we do. We try to encourage people to write something every day,” said CAG Teasurer Mike Anderson, who started the guild in 2000 with Cheryl Norwood of Marietta.
The guild meets the first and third Mondays of each month at Prayer & Praise Christian Fellowship from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Once a month, a guest writer or author speaks to the group.
CAG offers many benefits for their members such as critique groups, writing and self-publishing group anthologies, annual writer’s conferences, The Wave newsletter and classes on different aspects of the writing business including social media and marketing.
Their 70 active members come from Cobb County, the metro Atlanta area and North Georgia. Over its 13 years, CAG (formerly called Cherokee Christian Writers Group) has had 300 members.
CAG welcomes all writers to their guild.
“It doesn’t matter what genre a writer is in. We have cats in every alley,” said Anderson, a resident of Ball Ground who writes for two trade magazines.
“We have people writing because they’re senior citizens who want to compile stories to leave as a legacy for their families. We have other people who always wanted to write the great American novel, other people who write children’s books, and others who write magazine articles, stage plays, song lyrics and murder mysteries,” he said.
CAG has been home to many well-known writers such as R. T. Byron, an author of youth fiction books, and Tara Dillard, an author of gardening books.
“Most of the members are of one accord and Christian backgrounds. It’s not necessarily that we’re promoting writing Christian books,” Anderson said.
Prayer & Praise Christian Fellowship is at 6409 Bells Ferry Road in Woodstock.
Dues are $30 per year and the guild meets about 20 times per year. To learn more, visit www.christianauthorsguild.org.