Wendy says it was my idea. I’m sure it was hers.
Well, anyway, I guess I should introduce myself. I am her ER doc friend, Elizabeth, and I live in a fabulous, mid 20th century house in a suburb of Big Stone Gap (aka a rural area of Lee County). So, Wendy occasionally does writing workshops. And ONE of us suggested that my place would be IDEAL for such an activity. *coughWendycough*
When we moved into this house, the woman who built it had just died and her children were selling it. Some things had been redecorated, but mostly not. It still had the original drapes in the living room, the original flocked wallpaper in the entry hall. It has a white bath, a pink bath and a green half-bath. It has steel cabinets in the kitchen. It has a ceiling light in the breakfast area that looks to me like something Jane Jetson would wear on her head!
It is surrounded by several hundred acres of cow pasture and hayfields. There is a small community behind my 5 acres, with modest homes and double wide trailers, whose inhabitants come out of the woodwork on their ATVs with the first hint of pretty weather. (Our road is gravel, so not much actual traffic!)
The garden was started by Frona, 60 years ago. She planned the layout and planted the perennials. Every year is a journey of discovery with new flowers that must have been dormant in the previous years and with the plants I have added.
So, if you are interested in writing, Wendy is ready to mentor you at this workshop. There are beds and sofas for you to sleep on and we are excited about sharing our little corner of Eden with you.
You can contact us through the Tales of the Lonesome Pine Bookstore Facebook page for more information. You can see pictures of my place on my Facebook page, Elizabeth Cooperstein, in Big Stone Gap, VA.
August 9-10 is WRITE COMES TO THE CUMBERLANDS – yeah yeah, so I like puns. This is an all-day workshop on Saturday 10th when you can work on your novel or narrative non-fiction.
It’s being held in scenic Lee County, VA, at a hundred-year-old farmhouse in Turkey Cove. Participants arrive the night before for an optional opening session and find their sleeping quarters (beds available from cheap and cheerful to elegant and private, $10 to $50 per night). The next day after a home-cooked farm breakfast we’ll gather around the table to talk projects, do some prompting exercises, set personal goals and strategies, and then off you go to write, write, write. Throughout the day you can have private critiques and we will regroup in the afternoon to discuss publication options and whether to find an agent. It all happens in an encouraging atmosphere.
From beginners on up, this workshop focuses on ideas, productivity, and jumping the hurdles that hold us back. We meet for supper at 5:30, then drive to the bookstore (4 miles away) for an evening of reading your works and enjoying music together, 7-9 pm.
The workshop without accommodation is $140 and includes all-day Saturday meals and snacks. If you are interested in attending, slip over to the Tales of the Lonesome Pine LLC page on Facebook and check out the invitation.
Payment can be made via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org; or you can mail a check to the bookstore (address is on the FB page). Payments are 100% refundable until August 3. Questions? Ask them here or leave them on the FB page.
My friend Elizabeth, whose majestic farmhouse will be the site of this workshop, will be blogging about it at the end of the month. A gourmet cook and a medical doctor with a passion for flavorful and healthy local food, her meals will be as wonderful as the fun of gathering with other writers to get your gumption on.
Ready to write? Ready to roll? Let’s do this thing!