114-A Joyner Hall
Phone: (919) 760-8300
Dates: July 13-17, 2015
Middle school girls are invited to join Meredith faculty for a week of creativity, learning, and fun. Participants will sharpen creative writing skills, collaborate with other young writers, and work on independent projects throughout the week.
Contact Ashley Hogan for more information.
19th Annual Focusing on Form Workshop for Women Writers
June 22-26, 2015
Each summer since 1997, the Meredith College Department of English has sponsored a writing workshop for women who are writing, who want to write, and who want to try writing. The workshop offers instruction, critique of manuscripts, and—not the least of its advantages—new friends who share a common interest. Dozens of women have benefited from these workshops and from other writer events sponsored by Meredith. Join us this summer, June 23-27, for the 18th annual writing workshop, Focusing on Form. During this one-week workshop, outstanding instructors will guide you in the form of your choice: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or mining for material. Contact Ashley Hogan for more information about the workshop.
2015 Workshop Descriptions
In writing fiction the author's task is to cast a spell over the reader. This requires soothing the reader into a sort of trance, a river of story that the reader willingly steps into and is swept away in. Every reader comes to a story wanting this, but too often does not find it. In this workshop we will explore how to create the believable fictional world that story and reader can inhabit together, and we will examine what goes wrong with that, how to recognize it, and how to fix it to cast the fictional spell. Our tools will be readings, writing from prompts, and listening to and commenting on each other’s work.
NANCY PEACOCK’s first novel Life Without Water was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book. She followed with a second novel, Home Across the Road, and a memoir, A Broom of One's Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning and Life. She self-published her next novel, The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson, which won Shelf Unbound's Best Indie Book of 2013 as well as the Writer's Digest Best Self-Published Book in the Mainstream and Literary Novel category. The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson was recently purchased by Atria Press and will be republished in 2016. Please visit her website for more information.
In this workshop, we’ll stir up memory, imagination, and your enduring fascinations to make the delicious stew that is creative nonfiction. We’ll start each day writing together, connecting the dots in our lives and interests, exploring surprising structures that can help us contain and nurture our work, and creating a supportive creative community. We’ll read the works of master memoirists, poets, and narrative writers, and learn how to borrow techniques from fiction and poetry--dialogue, description, metaphor, repetition—to make our work sing. Bring your burning questions and the first 5 pages of a personal essay or memoir for in-class comments and coaching. We’ll explore personal strategies for a successful writing life as well as the mysteries of how to how to put class critiques to work to grow your manuscript.
MARJORIE HUDSON is author of two books that explore love and loss in the contemporary and historical South: Accidental Birds of the Carolinas (stories), a 2012 Pen/Hemingway Honorable Mention for Distinguished First Fiction, and Searching for Virginia Dare, a mosaic of memoir, fiction, and history. Her essays on Sufi dancing, Monarch butterflies, English explorers, and music have been published in anthologies and journals, and she is recipient of two Pushcart Special Mentions. Hudson’s Kitchen Table Writers Workshops provide intensive, intimate support for writers as well as private coaching, and her students and clients are publishing and winning awards. She lives in Chatham County, North Carolina, where she delights in coaching writers, teaching craft workshops, and cooking from scratch with her husband’s garden produce. Visit her blog to read her description of this summer's event.
This is a generative workshop open to writers at all skill levels and in all genres. Using evocative prompts, we will explore memory, points of view, character, dialogue, scene, narrative tension, and our "lives in chapters." We’ll learn and practice techniques to help us access our true voices, cultivate craft, and keep writing. The emphasis is on process, not product. Come prepared to write a lot. And if you’ve been before, feel free to attend again: no workshop is ever the same, and I always use new material.
CAROL HENDERSON is a writer, editor, and teacher who leads ongoing nonfiction writing groups and works one-on-one as a writing coach. Carol has published extensively in magazines and newspapers and has edited several memoirs and essay collections. She is the author of Losing Malcolm: A Mother’s Journey Through Grief, (2001); Farther Along: The Writing Journey of Thirteen Bereaved Mothers, (2012); and In Your Own Words: Writing for Reflection, Remembrance and Renewal (2015) for Heartland Hospice, where she is under contract to train support services all over the country to integrate restorative writing in the hospice environment. Visit her website for more information about her workshops.
Poetry is a pocket deep in the heart. You reach in and pull out the riches of your life. You claim them. You bring them to life and light. Each day we’ll write to fresh prompts, read stunning examples of great works, probe their gears, oil our own. One day at least will focus on the form of the scrumptious Sestina. I promise you will do yourself proud.
RUTH MOOSE has been on the Creative Writing faculty at UNC-CH since 1996. She has published six collections of poetry and is author of two published collections of short stories, The Wreath Ribbon Quilt and Dreaming Color, with individual stories in The Atlantic, Redbook, McCalls, Ladies’ Home Journal, and other places, including publications in Holland, South Africa, England, and Denmark. She has received a MacDowell Fellowship, an NEA grant, several PEN awards, and a prestigious Chapman Fellowship for Teaching. In 2013, Moose won First Place in Narrative Non-Fiction from Southeast Review at Florida State University, and her novel, Doing it at the Dixie Dew, published in 2014, received the Malice Domestic $10,000 prize from St. Martin's Press. The sequel, Wedding Bell Blues, is due out in 2015.