Chronicling a Western North Carolina woman's experiences from the 1960s to the present, the twenty-one personal essays in A Place That Was Home vividly depict a regional world in which families lives, work, and worship and others suffer from dire…
Wilma Dykeman’s discovered memoir is essentialby Rob Neufeld Fresh insight into the power and pertinence of the writing of Wilma Dykeman, Southern Appalachia’s preeminent spokesperson, comes to us through her posthumously published memoir, “Family of Earth: A Southern Mountain Childhood” (UNC…See More
THE SINISTER SMILE, an adult fiction thriller complete at 63,500 words and featuring William and Willa Mae Lawrence, and Howard Thomas. Howard, the affluent son of a wealthy and influential family, who is suspected of feigning insanity to avoid capital punishment for murdering Willa Mae’s mother plus three others.The novel begins with William and Willa Mae visiting Howard Thomas, a patient who had been in a mental hospital for almost thirteen years. His psychiatrist thought him to be…See More
Award-winning novelist captures fleeting youthby Rob NeufeldAnother Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson (Amistad: HarperCollins, Aug. 9, 2016) The amazing, unusual thing about Jacqueline Woodson’s new novel, “Another Brooklyn,” I realize as it sinks in, is that the initial mystery—that is, why the narrator can’t…See More
A worker’s view of tannery work in Rosmanby Rob Neufeld Haskell Luker was 11 when the Flood of 1916 caused his dad, Americus Alfred Luker, to leave the farm where he worked and take a job with an acid (tannin) plant in Pisgah Forest. “Daddy was going down there to make big…See More
A talk with Chitra about her benediction of a novelby Rob Neufeld Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, one of our country’s most engaging and inventive novelists, first came to this region six years ago for Western Carolina University’s Spring Literary Festival. That’s when I got to know her and began…See More
Connie Regan-Blake is a nationally celebrated storyteller and workshop leader. Join us in this intimate setting (with plenty of parking) for an evening of stories as her storytelling and coaching students "Take the Stage!" You'll enjoy a variety of stories and storytelling styles with tellers Vixi Jil Glen, Christine Phillips Westfeldt, Martha Reed Johnson, Dottie Jean Kirk, Mikalena Zuckett, Lee Lyons and Hettie Barnes. Ticket price includes a glass of wine so 'come on down'! Tickets can be…See More
Techniques and tips abound as Connie shares her wisdom gained over her career as an international teller. There are two ways to participate. Some can develop their story and work on performance skills without the pressure of being on stage. Others will perform on Sunday afternoon at “Asheville Wordfest,” a literature, songwriting, and story festival at the Asheville Art Museum. The workshop concludes May 5 with a feedback session for further growth and guidance. Either way, all participants…See More
Connie Regan-Blake, renowned Appalachian storyteller, will perform “Taking a Leap: An Evening of Connie’s Stories” on Sunday June 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Hawk and Ivy Bed and Breakfast in Barnardsville, NC, twenty minutes north of Asheville. Persons interested in learning or developing the craft of storytelling can also attend a workshop entitled “Opening Doors: A Storytelling Workshop Exploring Memories” at 3:00-5:30. Workshop fee is $40 before June 21 and $55 after. Fee includes both events.…See More
Enjoy seven days of stories, study, coaching, community performance, and day trips. This in-depth storytelling and story-listening workshop is designed for all levels of expertise, from beginner to experienced teller. Register online: www.storywindow.com.See More
December 9, 2011 at 7pm to December 10, 2011 at 5pm
a weekend storytelling workshop on story,myth and journey. Courtney Smith, music therapist, joins storyteller Connie Regan-Blake as workshop leaders to inspire, guide and encourage participantsthrough playful and transformative activities. By using story, music, art, poetry and guided imagery, you will have the opportunity to examine who you are and where you are going, and to embrace the story of your hero’s journey that lies within. Register online…See More
"Hello! Hope you're enjoying your time on The Read. The amount of talent and information here is amazing. When you have a moment, come on over and visit my blog at Mattie's Mysteries. Hope to see you soon!
Hello! Hope you're enjoying your time on The Read. The amount of talent and information here is amazing. When you have a moment, come on over and visit my blog at Mattie's Mysteries. Hope to see you soon!