Art of Story: Writing Memoir & Creative Nonfiction

By Writing with Janisse (other events)

Saturday, April 20 2019 9:00 AM 4:00 PM EST

The Art of Story

Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop

with Janisse Ray

Saturday, April 20, 2019


Red Earth Farm, Reidsville, Ga. 30453

Here is a rare and unique opportunity to spend a full day immersed in writing with Georgia author Janisse Ray, on her farm. Ray brings passion, humor, and an authentic style to teaching creative nonfiction and memoir. This daylong workshop is styled for anyone who pursues writing, from the dabbler to the professional. Janisse will guide you through a day of writing your own stories and share her top secrets about her way of doing it. She gives you a world of information that will help you recognize, pursue, and write down stories. As past participants will attest, she makes the hard work of writing fun, forgiving, and freeing. The schedule includes mini-lectures on

shaping ideas into essays
thinking about a book-length work
agents & publishing & marketing
avoiding dull narrative
art & craft

In one memorable day you can learn how to transform ideas into compelling, imaginative, useful stories. Study is broken up by workshop short walks, stretches, taste-testings, community-building, and laughing. You'll leave with inspiration, skills, and new perspectives that not only rocket you toward your goals but feed body, mind, and soul.

A delicious hot lunch that fits most dietary requirements will be served at noon. A walking tour of the farmyard is available.


The workshop commences at 9 a.m. with good coffee and a warm-up writing exercise. Lunch is served at noon. The workshop ends at 4.


Janisse Ray is the author of six books, including the acclaimed Ecology of a Cracker Childhood and highly praised The Seed Underground, which won five national awards and was translated into French and Turkish. Most of her work addresses environmental and social issues of the day, as well as history, place and culture. She deftly tells stories of the South and its people. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana and two honorary doctorates. In 2015 she was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame and in 2017 was awarded the Governor’s Honors for the Arts and Humanities. 


Red Earth is an organic farm located on a dirt road near the Altamaha River in southern Tattnall County, Georgia, nearest town Reidsville. The farm dates back to the 1840s and currently is operated as a small, diversified, subsistence farm. It is the home of the author, her husband, and their daughter.


The cost of the workshop is $95, which includes lunch and handouts.

For more information, or for registration options, email [email protected]