Tag Archives: Marjorie Hudson

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Writing Workshop at Meredith

ImageA summer writing workshop is the dreamy creative home for every aspiring writer. Lord knows I’ve been to many of them. I’ll go to many more. But something has changed in my writing life. Now I teach them too. For the first time this year, I’ll be teaching at Meredith College’s summer writing workshops, June 23 – 27, 9-3,  a kind of day camp for women writers. I’ve just visited the campus for the first time, and it’s so lovely it’s like living in a Mid-summer Night’s Dream of a women’s college, with rolling lawns, riotous gardens, and big trees. The day I went was the day before graduation and the young seniors were floating around campus dressed in dreamy white dresses – a Meredith tradition. You don’t have to wear a white dress to come to my workshop, though I remember one summer writing workshop with a slim dashing poet teacher who wore a black eye-patch like a pirate. By the end of the workshop, all the women attending were wearing white flowy dresses like pirate’s wenches.

Other writers teaching at Meredith this summer: Carol Henderson, Zelda Lockhart, Ruth Moose

Creative Nonfiction with Marjorie Hudson

Personal essays wrap a writer’s life and voice around her enduring fascinations. In this workshop, we’ll dip into the delicious work of masters of creative nonfiction, we’ll write from prompts designed to reveal the deep music of women’s lives, we’ll explore CNF tech­niques such as narration, scene, and dialogue, and we’ll create a warm community of support. We’ll explore personal strategies for a successful writing life as well as how to generate useful critique–and how to use it once you’ve got it. Bring your burning questions and the first 5 pages of a personal essay or memoir for in-class comments and coaching.

 Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
June 23 – 27, 2014
9 am – 3 pm
Fee: $320
Includes a light breakfast and full lunch every day.

Writing, craft study, critique, group panels, readings, and individual coaching.

Registration Form

Please indicate your FIRST and SECOND choice of courses: _____ Poetry _____ Fiction _____ Nonfiction _____ Mining for Material

Cost: $320 for the week

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  • Return this form with your payment by Friday, June 6, 2014. (Checks made payable to Meredith College)
  • Send your registration along with payment to Ashley Hogan, Joyner Hall, Meredith College, 3800 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27607-5298
  • For more information contact Ashley Hogan at hogana@meredith.edu.

Circle City Books Mural in Downtown PBO

New Circle City Books Mural in PittsboroCircle City Books has arrived! And it is announcing its presence with a spectacular new mural in downtown Pittsboro.

A great place to wander and get in loads of trouble–the store has an incredible selection of high quality gently used books–and a few new ones! I was honored to be included in Georgann Eubanks’ recent presentation on her “Literary Trails of North Carolina” series, where we talked about the work of Chatham authors Nancy Peacock, Duncan Murrell, Doris Betts, Lawrence Naumoff, Virginia Boyd, Michael Parker, and others. I got to talk about “literary houses, hippies, and chicken trucks in Chatham” — with nods to “Shade Tree House,” which inspired the opening lines of my story collection ACCIDENTAL BIRDS OF THE CAROLINAS; the Alston Plantation, which inspired Nancy Peacock’s tales of black and white family connections in HOME ACROSS THE ROAD; Lawrence Naumoff’s old farmhouse in SILK HOPE; and Doris Betts’ chicken truck crash scene in SOULS RAISED FROM THE DEAD.

After the talk, Georgann got to see her book on the wall mural! Mine was included a few weeks later, and there are more to come. It’s a pleasure to be in such good company, but then you always are with North Carolina writers.

Circle City Books Mural

Circle City Books Mural

May I suggest a “mini retreat” for writers, especially the cash-strapped (probably all of us except Stephen King). Bring your writers group to Circle City Books, spend an hour or so stacking up some favorites at discount prices, then go outside and have your picture taken with the enormous book of a favorite NC author! Post it on your Facebook page!

Then–go have lunch with writer friends. when you’re done celebrating the rollicking side of the writer’s life, go find yourself some quiet place to read that stack. Reveiw your favorite writers on Good Reads and other blogs. Study, then write.

Who knows? The mural may have to go around the block by the time it’s done.