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Shuttle Information

Good news, Crossroads buddies! We have some updated shuttle information for you. Our organizers will be driving a passenger van from various locations at regular intervals to help some of you non-car folks (or those who are just more sociable travelers) get around.

Tonight (Friday), the shuttle will be taking people from downtown Macon (The Rookery on Cherry Street) to the hotel 11 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., meaning the last shuttle leaves downtown Macon at 12:30 p.m.

Tomorrow (Saturday), the shuttle will be taking people from the hotel to Mercer 7 a.m. – 8 a.m. Trips to and from Mercer and the hotel will resume at 5 p.m.

Starting at 8:30 p.m., the shuttle will be taking people from the hotel to downtown Macon  (The Rookery on Cherry Street) to the hotel. The shuttle will be leaving the hotel half past each hour, and picking up from the downtown location on the top of each hour.

There will be a break at 9 p.m. and then service will resume 11 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., meaning the last shuttle leaves downtown Macon at 12:30 p.m.


Hello Crossroads Friends! Here’s some helpful information…

Good afternoon, Crossroads buddies! Here’s the email we sent out to attendees on Wednesday, which should have some helpful information about where the conference is, where to park, etc.


We are so excited to bring you another great year of nerdy writer experiences at Macon’s Crossroads Writers Conference. If you haven’t already, check out the schedule of event HERE.

Find out a little (or a lot) about the home city of Crossroads, Macon, HERE.
You can find directions to the Mercer University Campus HERE and a campus map HERE.

The conference will be taking place in and around the Willingham Auditorium, building 3 on the campus map. Registration is in the building next door, Newtown Chapel, building 4 on the campus map. There is plenty of parking in Mercer Village, behind the restaurants on Montpelier Avenue, street parking in front of Willingham Auditorium, or street parking around the Tattnall Square Park.

The Mercer University Village has some great places to eat:

Francar’s Buffalo Wings
Fountain of Juice
Ingleside Village Pizza
Jittery Joe’s
Margarita’s Mexican Grill

If you have any questions during the event, please don’t hesitate to find us at the check-in table, or grab any of the Guest Services folks in red sashes.

On Friday night, we will be having fun at our Author’s Avenue in downtown Macon, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday night is also First Friday in Macon, which means a lot of great free events in the arts and culture spaces, including the One City Art Festival First Friday Art Crawl.

We also have a ton of other recommendations for what to do in Macon, and for that information, as well as how to get downtown, click HERE.

Don’t forget to tag us with your social media:
Twitter: @CrossroadsMacon and #WordySouth

We hope you have a great time at this year’s conference!

Crossroads Hospitality Team

What to Do in Macon


Looking for something to do outside of the Crossroads Writers Conference while you are here in Macon? Well lucky you, there is a smorgasbord of exciting happenings happening in Macon, and almost all of it is just a hop, skip and a jump away from the conference, in gorgeous, walkable downtown Macon. Downtown Macon is a super-safe place to be, especially on First Friday, with lots of folks and biking police milling around. Continue reading

Location, location, location!

This is Macon in the early 1900's... it has changed (some) since then. Now, everything is in beautiful Technicolor!

This is Macon in the early 1900′s… it has changed (some) since then. Now, everything is in beautiful Technicolor!

Where is the Crossroads Writers Conference?

This year, the conference returns to the Macon, Georgia campus of Mercer University. A lot has changed around the college since we were last there. Namely, the growth of Mercer Village, which features a great little coffee shop Jittery Joe’s, a Barnes and Noble, and some great places to grab a bite: Ingleside Village Pizza, Francar’s Wings, Margarita’s Mexican Grill and Fountain of Juice. Don’t forget the large and lovely Tattnall Square Park next door, so if you need a few minute to wander around and collect your thoughts, you can find solitude there. To find your way to Mercer University, just click here, hit “get directions” and type in your address.

Is there an official hotel for us to stay in this year?

Yep! The brand spankin’ new Holiday Inn North is the official hotel of the Wordy South. They have writer-friendly rates (get a great discount off their regular prices when you ask for the Crossroads Writers room deal), a great bar for after-hours hanging out and we’ll run a shuttle from the hotel to the conference to make sure you get where the other word nerds are.

Wait… where is Macon, Georgia?

Right smack dab in the middle of the state, about an hour and a half south of Atlanta and about three hours west of Savannah, conveniently situated on I-75 and I-16.

Macon native John Oliver Killens was a co-founder of the Harlem Writers Guild and the author of several novels, like "Youngblood" and "And Then We Heard the Thunder." Photo: Carl Van Vechten

Macon native John Oliver Killens wrote several novels, like “Youngblood” and “And Then We Heard the Thunder.” (Photo: Carl Van Vechten)

The cool part is that Macon has long been a little creative haven that has been home to a variety of writers, musicians, filmmakers and artists who have make a global impact with their work. We’re talking about John Oliver Killens, the Macon-born co-founder of the Harlem Writers Guild in whose honor the conference is named, and poet/musician/lawyer/soldier Sidney Lanier and novelist Tina McElroy Ansa, Joel Chandler Harris (aka – Uncle Remus) and former CNN president Tom Johnson  and Pulitzer Prize winner George Weller who settled in here after becoming the first journalist into Nagasaki after the atomic bomb was dropped.

We’re talking about Flannery O’Connor who would make the short drive over from Milledgeville, and about Alice Walker, who grew up in Eatonton and still has kin here. And, of course, we’re talking about Otis Redding, Little Richard, the Allman Brothers, James Brown, Lena Horne, Lucinda Williams and her poet daddy Miller Williams. We’re even talking about Mike Mills and Bill Berry of REM, Jason Aldean, Young Jeezy and Meiko. We’re talking about visits to the old cotton mills by Sherwood Anderson and the summer Tennessee Williams spent here, which inspired Big Daddy in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

We could go on, but you get the drift, right? It’s a cool little place to come recharge your creative batteries.

Here are some links to help you learn more about Macon:

Macon Arts – Ovations365 

Macon-Bibb County Convention and Visitors Bureau

College Hill Alliance

Historic Macon

Gateway Macon

NewTown Macon

City of Macon

Bibb County

Main Street Macon