Chattanooga Writers’ Guild's Winter Writers Workshop Is Jan. 26 At Chattanooga State

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Chattanooga Writers’ Guild's Winter Writers Workshop will be at Chattanooga State Community College's Humanities Building on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The workshop will include craft lectures and writing workshops in poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction by celebrated workshop leaders, as well as additional award-winning Guild writers.

Featured presenters are Bill Brown, Dana Shavin, Charles Dodd White, KB Ballentine, John C.

Mannone and Kate Koen Landers

Cost is members $65 and non-members $80. This includes a box lunch, pastry, coffee, tea and candies.

All six presenters are published and award winners in their genre with good teaching skills:

Their areas of writing are Bill Brown (Poetry), Charles Dodd White (Fiction), Dana Shavin (Literary Nonfiction), KB Ballentine (Poetry), John C. Mannone (Literary Nonfiction) and Kate Landers (Fiction).

Bill Brown is the author of 11 poetry collections and a writing textbook. The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts awarded him Distinguished Teacher in the Arts. He has been a Scholar in Poetry at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, a Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a two-time recipient of Fellowships in poetry from the Tennessee Arts Commission. Brown has published hundreds of poems and articles in college journals, magazines and anthologies. The Tennessee Writers Alliance named Brown the 2011 Writer of the Year. His new and selected collection, The Cairns, is just out from 3: A Taos Press in Denver. He lives with his wife, Suzanne, and a tribe of cats in the hills north of Nashville.

Dana Shavin’s essays have appeared in Oxford American, Psychology Today, The Sun, Bark, The Writer, Writers,, and others. She is the author of a memoir, The Body Tourist, about the intersection of her anorexia with her mental health career. She has been a Lifestyle columnist for the Chattanooga Times Free Press since 2002, and she is the editor of the Chattanooga Jewish Federation newspaper, The Shofar. Dana has been a workshop presenter and panelist at Pennsylvania’s Keystone College Literature Conference (The Gathering) for several years and has read and taught at the Meacham Writers Conference in Chattanooga. She was the recipient of a MakeWork Literary Arts grant in 2008. She is currently at work on a second book called Dinners with Friends: Togetherness as a Radical Act. A complete list of publications is at

Charles Dodd White is the recipient of the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for excellence in Appalachian Literature, a Jean Ritchie Fellowship from Lincoln Memorial University, and an individual artist’s grant from the North Carolina Arts Council. In 2018 he was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame. He has written three novels: IN THE HOUSE OF WILDERNESS (2018), A SHELTER OF OTHERS (2014), LAMBS OF MEN (2010)] and a story collection [SINNERS OF SANCTION COUNTY (2011). He has also edited contemporary Appalachian story anthologies [DEGREES OF ELEVATION (2010) and APPALACHIA NOW (2015)]. He’s an Associate Professor at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee.

John C. Mannone has work in The Southern Poetry Anthology (volume VII: NC), Negative CapabilitySplit Rock ReviewAgaveBlazeVOXTupelo PressRaven ChroniclesPoetica MagazineSynaesthesia3Elements ReviewThe Baltimore ReviewRose Red Review, Pirene’s FountainTipton Poetry JournalPrairie Wolf Press ReviewThe PedestalBethany House Publishing, and many others. He is the author of ten collections of poetry and short fiction in search of a publisher, including Flux Lines, which was a semi-finalist for the 2014 Mary Ballard Poetry Chapbook Prize. He is the poetry editor for Silver Blade and Abyss & Apex, and recently, the guest poetry editor for Eye to the Telescope. He has served as chair for the Rhysling Poetry Awards. His work has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry. 
He has been the Director of Programs for the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild since 2013, and co-facilitates the Creative Non Fiction & Poetry group. He’s a professor of college physics and chemistry and lives in north McMinn County in TN.

In 2005, Kate Landers won the Gates-Thomas Award for her fiction story "Bridges." In 2016 she received an Honorable Mention from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for her children's story "We Go Together Like... ." In 2017 she wrote four chapters of the collaboratively-written novel "Esyld's Awakening." She also placed second in both fiction and non-fiction in the Chattanooga Writers' Guild 2017 writing contest. She lives in Chattanooga and divides her time between her family and roller derby.

KB Ballentine resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and teaches creative writing, theatre arts, and literature to high school and college students. She has an M.A. in Writing and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Poetry. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and publications, including Crab Orchard Review, Alehouse, Tidal Basin Review, Haight–Ashbury Literary Journal, The Sigh Press, and MO: Writings from the River.

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