Delilah S. Dawson awes the crowd at Crossroads.

Who is Crossroads?

That’s an awkward question. It just looks weird. Well, we know what you mean. (Because we asked it, thinking you might wonder it.)

We are a bunch of people who want to help you write more, write better and hustle your work so you can make a living telling stories. 

In 2008, inspired by the Georgia Literary Festival’s stop in Macon, Georgia, four naïve folks–three awesome English professors and a recalcitrant journo–put together the first Crossroads Writers Conference for almost 75 amateur writers and a handful of really generous, super talented professionals. (For a full list of all the writers who’ve taught at Crossroads, click here.)

Since then, we’ve had four more conferences, each better than the last, and are planning the next for 2015. But we know there’s more we can do to help writers between the conferences so they’re finishing the books they start, crafting better screenplays and realizing their writing careers are small businesses and they’re the chief cheese in charge.

Why Crossroads?

We believe the world is shaped by story, so the more good stories there are, the better the world becomes. And, well, the more storytellers become good storytellers, the more good stories there’ll be, making the world better. If more good storytellers can make a living telling good stories then there’ll be even more good stories and that means the world will be even better.

So, in short, we’ve figured out that the best way to make this world better is to help more storytellers make a living telling good stories, no matter the style, genre, format or medium. That’s what moves us most.

What does Crossroads do?

Outside of the aforementioned writers’ conference, we’re launching an online space for the community of writers who believe artists can have an entrepreneurial spirit without dirtying the craft. 

This means helping writers set their sights on one specific, clear goal at a time and holding them accountable for reaching it. 

It means providing the knowledge and tools to improve one’s work so one can help the other. 

And, when the cart and the horse in their proper order–i.e. – finished, polished writing first; selling it second–that means we help you learn how to hustle and that making a living off your stories is really just another way to tell stories, connecting to the people who are most likely to like your stories with which to begin.

Details coming soon.

 

Have questions? Just ask!

 

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