You know what good writing does when you read it—it stirs you deep inside and, if you’re lucky, it utterly transforms your whole life. The power of good art to do that is a kind of magic. So as writers we think about how an author accomplished that and how you can do it too. We need to learn the practical elements of craft, yes, but we can’t ignore the mystical. This workshop with Fall 21 Visiting Writer Janisse Ray is about the Borderland. It’s about how we get to the magic that’s in a good story or poem, that’s everywhere, easily accessible. This workshop will guide you into the deeper sources of your power, how to tap that power, and how to transfer it to the page.
Janisse Ray is a writer whose subject is often nature. Her first book, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, was named a New York Times Notable Book and the Book All Georgians Should Read. She has published seven other books. Her collection of essays, Wild Spectacle, is forthcoming from Trinity University Press in October 2021. Ray has won a Pushcart Prize, an American Book Award, and a Southern Environmental Law Center Writing Award, among others. She lives on an organic farm inland from Savannah, Georgia.
Janisse is new to The Porch. Welcome!