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A Mountain MEMOIR Retreat with Janisse Ray

June 9-12, 2016

Here is a rare and unique opportunity to spend a weekend writing with author Janisse Ray and enjoying a retreat in the cool and ferny North Georgia mountains. This workshop will cover the basics of memoir and creative nonfiction writing, including personal narrative.

This weekend retreat is a unique opportunity to:

  • spend a weekend focusing on your writing

  • enjoy friends new and old

  • explore the artisan food scene in the mountains

  • bask in the glorious scenery of the Southern Appalachians

This workshop is for anyone who wants to write, from beginners to those who are well-published. Janisse will share her top secrets about writing and give you the information you need to pursue publishing, if that is what you intend to do, or simply to leave a legacy of stories for your children. She employs an exciting blend of teaching techniques, from writing prompts to brainstorming to one-on-ones. There are also lots of mini-lectures on

  • art & craft

  • shaping ideas into essays

  • thinking about a book-length work

  • agents & publishing & marketing

  • the writing life

  • avoiding dull narrative

Learn how to transform your ideas into compelling, imaginative, useful, well-loved stories. You'll leave with inspiration, skills, and new perspectives that will feed your body, mind, and spirit.


The workshop commences on Thursday evening, June 9, with a meet and greet and a warmup writing exercise. Wine and snacks are served. Class hours on Friday and Saturday are 9-5. The day on Sunday, June 12, starts at 9 and ends at 2.

ABOUT JANISSE: Janisse Ray is the author of six books, including the acclaimed Ecology of a Cracker Childhood and most recently The Seed Underground, which has won numerous awards. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana and two honorary doctorates. Her work has been translated into French and Turkish. Janisse lives on an organic farm in southern Georgia 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. Themes in her work include the natural world and sustainability, although she also writes about history, place and culture, deftly telling stories of the South and its people. She does not teach in the university setting and a chance to work with her is rare.


The cost of the workshop is $475 for residential attendees; $350 for non-residential attendees.

Lodging as well as a delicious breakfast and lunch are included in the residential cost.

All rooms are double occupancy with private baths.

Lunch is included for non-residential attendees.

Space is limited so sign up early. Registration is now open.

Register by calling Becky Hoover at The Parker Ranch, 404-373-0566, or by email at

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