Write Your Own Story with Janisse Ray




Feb 18


Feb 23


8:00 am


8:00 am




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Join Janisse Ray, author of the classic Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, in a memoir writing course to get your family and personal stories down on paper and have a lot of fun in the process. You are living an interesting and colorful life. You were given a treasure of stories from your ancestors, childhood, places you lived, people you knew, your children. You’re full of stories. When you’re gone, will the stories be gone too? Your stories are your legacy. Would you like to leave a lasting legacy—wealth of a different kind—to your children and grandchildren? Do you worry about being unable to pass along your wisdom, your cares, your love? In this week-long course on writing, writer Janisse Ray will guide you into putting pencil to paper in order to say what needs to be said. Topics to be covered include how to decide which stories to choose, how to write in scene, how to structure a writing practice, how to keep going, what to do when you’re stuck, and how to publish or collect the stories.

Janisse Ray holds honorary doctorates from LaGrange College and Unity College and is a 2015 inductee into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame. She received the Southern Environmental Law Center Award in journalism for her piece on coal ash. Her debut book, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, explores her upbringing in the Southeast's pine ecosystem and earned several awards, including the American Book Award. Ray's writing addresses nature, community, sustainability, and the politics of wholeness, resonating deeply with readers. She leads writing courses and workshops for writers of all backgrounds and skill levels, focusing on craft and finding inspiration from your own life and stories.

Tuition Includes:

6 hours of class instruction M-T; ½ day Friday

12 meals (5 breakfasts, 4 lunches; 3 dinners)

Welcome dinner in private Serenbe home (Sunday)

Access to the classroom after dinner

Restorative Yoga Class

Guided Labyrinth Meditation

Nature Walk/Sound Bath

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