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Summer Writing Camps!
February 20th, 2017

It was a quiet winter for me, but things are beginning to bloom here in Atlanta, including summer camps I’m doing for tweens, teens, AND adults!


Two Summer Camps with Decatur Writers Studio

Two sessions only, 12 students each

Camp fee: $400

Register:  www.decaturwritersstudio.com

Email info@decaturwritersstudio.com for more information.

Tweens Who Write

Rising 6th-8th graders

9 a.m.-4 p.m., June 26-30

Agnes Scott College

This is an all-day summer camp for middle schoolers who love to write (or think they might love to write), and want to throw themselves at words and stories. Campers will learn the basic building blocks of story writing, play with story starting ideas, develop characters, explore setting, build their descriptive muscles, and even dabble in some poetry. Whether you have written tons already, or just have a tiny idea, as long as you are willing to experiment, explore, and share, you are the right camper for this!


Creative Writing for Teens

Rising 9th-11th graders

9 a.m.-4 p.m., July 10-14

Agnes Scott College

Do you have ideas for stories but not the time to work on them? Or ones you’re excited about at first, but can’t keep up the momentum? Want to develop your characters more fully, work on setting and dialogue, strengthen your powers of description and plotting, get feedback on your work, be inspired by other writers like yourself, and in general immerse yourself in a whole week of nothing but writing? Then this summer camp is for you! This camp will be five days of fiction-centric work, though we will touch on elements of poetry to infuse your prose with dynamic language. Open to experienced teen writers and first-timers alike!


Yes, I’m doing Yale Again!

Fiction Writing: Devil in the Details
In her book, Bird by Bird, Ann Lamott stresses the importance of keeping your writing “vivid and continuous” to move the reader smoothly through your story. This clarity and specificity is arguably more important than plot, since, as Eudora Welty once pointed out: “There are two types of stories in the world: someone comes to town, and someone leaves town.” Your challenge as a writer is to keep those stories fresh and memorable, regardless of the genre. This five-day workshop will have in-class lectures and exercises that concentrate on specificity of character, setting, language, and story arc, and the time spent workshopping your pieces will be led with an eye toward keeping it vibrant and distinct. http://summer.yale.edu/academics/yale-writers-conference

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Holiday Time: Little Shop of Stories will Ship!
December 2nd, 2016

You all know I work at the amazing bookstore, Little Shop of Stories, in Decatur, GA. But you may NOT know that they easily ship books (for a shipping fee of course) and that I HAPPILY personalize things. So if you are looking for a gift that speaks to friendship, discovering yourself, girl empowerment, and the power of love (of all kinds), one (or all!) of these may be a good fit.

I also just want to say in general that I am feeling very thankful for my readers these days. So, thank you.

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TWO Writing Workshops this Fall!
August 26th, 2016

This kinda says it all about what I’m looking forward to as August is over and September gets going!


Writing Workshop for Teens

Love to write, but never have enough time? Got ideas, but not sure how to see them through? This one-day-a-week-for-six-weeks writing session is for you. A note: this class is limited to those in grades 9-12, or their homeschool equivalent.
Receive writing prompts and tips from local, acclaimed YA author Terra Elan McVoy that help you focus on plot, setting, characters, specificity and a bunch of other fun, helpful things that will spark a fire underneath your writing.  This is a free-form, semi-self-directed class that will give you practical advice and also inspiration for new stories. 

Willingness to write hard and share that writing is expected.
Register: https://decaturwritersstudio.com/products/writing-workshop-for-teens

Date(s): September 20, 27 October 4, 11, 24 (Note: we are skipping the week beginning October 17, and meeting on Monday, October 24 the following week) November 1

Class time: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays



When it comes to writing, we grownups often concentrate on the finished product: winning over an audience, making a point, creating a response. We lose our sense of wonder and play. To help get reacquainted  with the experimental, unselfconscious side of wordsmithing (where usually the best stuff hides), I’m offering a retreat that will provide prompts, word games, literal play time, and collective sharing all designed to tap into younger stories, and delve back into delight.


The Elohee Center at Landsong rests on 220 acres of undeveloped land, and was created to provide a retreat space in Nature to allow for optimum self-exploration, individual growth, and mind/body healing. It is a place for soul-stilling walks through the woods, contemplative waterfall staring, and the lush renewal of pond and fern.


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