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Pellissippi State’s Young Creative Writer’s Workshop

November 5 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Pellissippi State’s 8th annual Young Creative Writer’s Workshop, sponsored this year by Pellissippi Library Services, the Appalachian Heritage Project and the Pellissippi State Foundation, is a fun and exciting free event!

Here are the important items to note:

  • The YCWW is a free, day-long event open to all but geared mainly to area high school/PSCC students with an interest in creative writing. Middle school students are also welcome!
  • The YCWW happens on Saturday, November 5th, at the PSCC Strawberry Plains campus and features an Appalachian theme in keeping with our new library/Appalachian Heritage Project: “Coming Home to Community.”
  • Our keynote speaker/featured workshop leader is best-selling Appalachian author and PSCC professor Dr. Charles Dodd White.
  • Morning coffee, pastries/fruit, and lunch will be provided, along with a packet and “goody bag” for each attendee.
  • Door prizes will be given during lunch.
  • Entertainment this year is provided by the Robyn James ensemble and will feature Appalachian musical pieces, along with a brief introduction to the history of each piece.
  • Workshops offered this year include fiction, poetry, songwriting, publication, and craft-focused sessions.
  • This year’s songwriting workshop be taught by Joseph Woods, aka “Black Atticus,” hailed as “one of the most intelligent and heartfelt voices of the new southern hip hop. Movement.”
  • We will feature a “Writer’s Room” segment where attendees may interact one-on-one with our workshop leaders and other professional writers from the community.
  • Our “Appalachian Arts” space will feature artisans, craftspeople and costumed historical interpreters who will offer attendees a glimpse of the rich culture of our area. If you ever wished to learn to quilt or to immerse yourself in area history, this is a great opportunity!
  • We will host a “Showcase” at the end of the day where attendees may read/perform original works before an audience of peers, instructors and family members. 


  • Join us for traditional Appalachian dancing (square, round and the Virginia Reel) as professional caller Timothy Klein takes us all for a spin on the dance floor! No experience necessary!
  • Be part of our “Myths, Monsters, Superstitions, and Sayings!” station where you can video the stories you’ve heard from your family or in your community! In short, we are going to have a wonderful time together!  
    We ask that any attendees please register so that we can include you in our lunch count as space is limited. Please share the following link:

    www.pstcc.edu/ycww Feel free to contact me or my student assistant (see info below) with any questions or concerns. Best Regards, Patty Ireland Associate Professor of English Director, Young Creative Writer’s Workshop

    Office Phone: (865) 225-2340

Hannah Kachelmyer, Student Assistant to the Director

[email protected]



November 5
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Pellissippi State Community College
865 225 2340


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