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Young Creative Writer's Workshop

The sixth annual Young Creative Writer's Workshop is a free, day-long event designed especially for area high school students and Pellissippi State students of all ages interested in creative writing, though everyone is welcome. The YCWW is sponsored by the Pellissippi State Foundation, the Common Academic Experience and Papa John's Pizza. Fiction, poetry, songwriting, screenplay writing, genre-specific, and publication workshops will be provided. Lunch is also provided to attendees free of charge. Door prizes will be given during lunch. Cast members from Gatlinburg's "Tunes n' Tales" will provide entertainment and interactive Appalachian heritage-related activities. Our keynote speaker/featured workshop leader will be novelist and PSCC alum Joy Ingram, author of Whistling Girls and Crowing Hens.

Workshop leaders will consist of a combined team of Pellissippi instructors (who are themselves published writers) and award-winning professional writers, including members of the Author's Guild of Tennessee. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and converse with Pellissippi professors, professional writers, entertainers, students and staff. The Strawberry Plains Creative Writing Club will act as "ambassadors" for attendees and assist in the workshops. At the end of the day, attendees may perform their original works at a "showcase" event to which family members and instructors are invited.

This year's YCWW will feature an Appalachian theme. As always, attendees can interact with our writers in the "Writer's Room." In addition, craftspeople, artisans and historical interpreters will interact with attendees to bring the rich culture and heritage of our Appalachian region alive in our "Appalachian Arts" area. If you ever wanted to learn to make an Appalachian "church doll," play the dulcimer, learn to quilt or hear stories of the mountains, you will enjoy this portion of our day's activities.

The schedule of activities is below. Attendees may attend all or part of the day's event, based on their needs and preferences.



Though the event is free, space is limited. Register for the event with the form below!


9:00 - 9:30 a.m.: Check-in/Welcome  (Lobby)

9:30 - 10:15 a.m.: Featured workshop with Joy Ingram (Lobby)

10:15 - 11:00 a.m.: First series of workshops  (Attendees will chose a workshop from several offered at this time)

11:00 - 11:15 a.m.: Break

11:15 - 12:00 p.m.: Second series of workshops (Attendees will chose a workshop from several offered at this time)

12:00 - 1:15 p.m.: Lunch in Cafeteria (featuring entertainment from the cast of Gatlinburg's "Tunes n' Tales" and a keynote address from Joy Ingram)

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.: "Writer's Room" and "Appalachian Arts Area". Join our professional writers as they answer your questions one-on-one! Interact with craftspeople, artisans and historical interpreters as they allow you to experience Appalachian heritage-related activities first-hand.

2:15 - 3:00 p.m.: Third series of workshops (Attendees will chose a workshop from several offered at this time)

3:00 p.m.: Showcase (Cafeteria)

Event Details/Contact

October 19, 2019

Strawberry Plains Campus
7201 Strawberry Plains Pike
Knoxville, TN 37914

If you have questions, please contact Patty Ireland at or (865) 225-2340.