Event Phone: 276.236.3500
- Story-Writing for Adults with Deb Clark
August 7, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Story-Writing for Adults
Instructor: Deb Clark
Date: Saturdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 & August 7
Class Fee: $75
Objective: to help adult storytellers write stories in text. In order to do that, the lesson will include discussion of what makes a short story and what makes a short story “good;” basic elements of a story and how to organize them; and “tips” that all writers use (to some extent or another) to get their work done.
About the Instructor:
Deborah Tilson Clark
born 1954, Smyth County, Virginia
graduated Marion Senior High School 1972
attended Emory & Henry College, Emory, Virginia, 1972-73 (full scholarship)
attended Berea College, Berea, Kentucky 1975-1978
graduated with Bachelor of English, May, 1978
continuing-education, on-line classes from Old Dominion University (Virginia), (earning a North Carolina teacher’s license)
After one year of college, I married Terry Clark and we spent a year living and working in Christiansburg and Marion, Virginia; then Terry and I both went back to school at Berea College. Berea offered exactly what we wanted in our continuing education: a focus on service, a history of civil rights activism, and a promise of financial support such that students graduated with a four-year degree from a highly respected institution, debt-free (in exchange for all students being employed by the college). Berea is also known for its traditional “student craft industries,” in which Terry and I were employed while we were there.
Inspired by the Appalachian tradition of storytelling and, probably, by a propensity for public speaking inherited from my Primitive Baptist preacher grandfather, I learned to love reading at a very young age. As soon as I could read, I started writing. The urge has never left me.
I was Feature Editor of my high school newspaper for three years, and contributor to the literary magazine at Emory & Henry.
At Berea, I concentrated on craft skills as well as writing, earning credits equal to a minor in Art as well as a BA in English.
After graduating, I worked in jobs including country store keeper, state park interpreter, inn keeper, and free-lance journalist. My articles, stories and poems were published in various publications including Sow’s Ear, Blue Ridge Country, Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine, Bluestone Review, and Crossing Troublesome: 25 Years of the Appalachian Writers’ Workshop. In 1998, I received the second-place prize in the Sherwood Anderson Short Story Award; in 1999, I was awarded the first place prize. I helped publish and my writing was included in Sweeping the Hills, an anthology of works by the Broomsage Writers Group.
For many years, I kept an on-line blog at DT CLARK’S Mountainstockpot@WordPress.com.
I worked for Landmark Community Newspapers, at The Galax Gazette and at The Declaration, as reporter and copy editor, for more than ten years. In 2004 I accepted a position as teacher in Alleghany High School in Sparta, North Carolina. I retired from that position in 2014.
In 2019 my first book, a collection of short stories titled Friend, Foe, or Family, was published by Human Error Publishing. A second story collection, Turn Left at the Big Oak, will be in print in May, 2021. A third book will complete that trilogy in 2022.
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