Your Stories Now. Writing Workshop at Warner Park

By Writing with Janisse (other events)

Saturday, February 23 2019 9:00 AM 4:00 PM CST

Here is a rare and unique opportunity to spend a full day immersed in writing with author Janisse Ray. This workshop focuses on writing memoir and creative nonfiction and is for anyone who pursues writing, from beginners to those already published.

Janisse brings passion, humor, and an authentic style to teaching. She will share her top secrets about writing and give you the information you need to pursue stories you feel compelled to write. She makes the hard work of writing fun, forgiving, and freeing. She packs a day with writing exercises and lectures, sprinkled with walks, taste-testings, stretching, community-building, and laughing.

The schedule includes mini-lectures on
• shaping ideas into essays
• agents & publishing & marketing
• avoiding dull narrative
• art & craft
• how to make your stories come alive
• thinking about a book-length work

In one memorable day you learn tons about transforming your ideas into compelling, imaginative, useful stories. You'll leave with inspiration, skills, and new perspectives that not only rocket you toward your goals but feed body, mind, and soul.

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 The Seed Underground, which won five national awards and was translated into French and Turkish. Most of her work focuses on nature and social issues. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana and two honorary doctorates. Janisse lives on an organic farm in Tattnall County where she is a seed saver, slow-food cook, tender of farm animals, gardener, and community organizer. 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. Themes in her work include the natural world and sustainability, as well as history, place and culture, deftly telling stories of the South and its people.

The cost of the workshop is $100, which includes lunch and handouts.
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Sponsored by Warner Park Nature Center, Nashville Metro Parks, and Friends of Warner Parks.