Your Stories. Now. Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop

By Writing with Janisse (other events)

Saturday, December 9 2017 9:00 AM 4:00 PM EST

Spend a full day immersed in writing with Georgia author Janisse Ray, who brings passion, humor, and an authentic style to teaching creative nonfiction. This workshop is for anyone who pursues writing, from rank beginners to those already published. Janisse will share her top secrets about writing and give you the information you need to pursue stories you want to write. She makes the hard work of writing fun, forgiving, and freeing. She packs the day with writing, peppered with stretches, walks, taste-testings, community-building, and laughing. 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 so much 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 your 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. 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.

Sponsored by Winterville Friends of the Library & Winterville Center for Community and Culture.