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Writing Your South: a Salvation South Writing Workshop: Virtual via Zoom

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No one person can write the story of the South. There are, to quote one of Salvation South’s frequent contributors, Alabama novelist Charles McNair, “ten thousand Souths.” A true picture of the South only emerges as each writer contributes their own story to the narrative, each one like a square in a quilt.
 
So how can we, as writers, rise above historical stereotypes to tell new stories about the complicated place that is the South? How can each of us tell the story of our South?
 
This workshop will offer an overview of the pitfalls to avoid, and encourage writers toward refreshing ways to write their South. Join writer and educator Meredith McCarroll and Salvation South co-founder and editor-in-chief Chuck Reece in a workshop meant for writers interested in publishing in places like Salvation South to celebrate and complicate the Souths that we know and sometimes love.

Only 25 slots available.

Date: Thursday, January 18, 2024
Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Salvation South Family Circle members may use their discounts.

Instructors

Meredith McCarroll

Born and raised in the mountains of North Carolina, Meredith McCarroll is a writer, editor, and educator. McCarroll earned her PhD in English at University of Tennessee. Her work has appeared in AvidlySouthern Cultures, Still, Cutleaf and elsewhere. McCarroll is the author of Unwhite: Appalachia, Race, and Film (University of Georgia Press), which asserts the racial liminality of the Appalachian figure in Hollywood film, and offers a rereading of Appalachian film through the lens of Critical Race Theory and Whiteness Studies. Along with Anthony Harkins, McCarroll edited Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy (West Virginia University Press) which complicates a monolithic portrayal of the region with scholarship, narrative essays, poetry and photography. Appalachian Reckoning won the Weatherford Award and the American Book Award. She lives in Portland, Maine.  

Chuck Reece

Chuck Reece is the editor-in-chief of Salvation South, which, only two years after its launch, has become a widely read refuge for Southern readers and storytellers—essayists, journalists, poets, photographers and filmmakers. Its ranks of contributors range from bestselling authors to poets laureate to Oscar-nominated filmmakers to young writers just starting out. He was the founding editor-in-chief of The Bitter Southerner, a publication launched in 2013. In 2014, he won the Southern Foodways Alliance’s John Egerton Prize, which “recognizes artists, writers, scholars, and others–including artisans and farmers and cooks–whose work, in the American South, addresses issues of race, class, gender, and social and environmental justice, through the lens of food.” After leaving The Bitter Southerner in July of 2020, Reece joined his wife, Stacy Reece, in her home-goods business, Down South House & Home. In 2021, he won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Podcast/Large Market, for his work on The Bitter Southerner Podcast, which he wrote and hosted. In November of 2021, the Reeces together launched Salvation South. Since 2022, Reece has returned to the world of radio and podcasting with the Salvation South Podcast, which encompasses his commentaries that run every Friday during Morning Edition and All Things Considered on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s twenty-station radio network, an NPR affiliate. In late 2023, the podcast expanded to include audio magazine stories and in-depth interviews under the title Salvation South Deluxe.