Regional Writing, Sense of Place, and the Rural Appalachian High School Report
The University as a whole benefited from a reading and remarks by Amy Greene, a brilliant young literary interpreter of the Southern Appalachian region. Sewanee writing students benefited particularly from a workshop with Ms. Greene on the importance of place in writing. Around 50 local high school students and their teacher’s benefited from a writing workshop with Ms. Greene on the possibilities their own Appalachian “place” offers them as young writers.
What impacts has the project had on faculty, staff, or community partners on the project team? What are the indicators of this impact? What are some likely future possible impacts, and how might those be
At Grundy County High School and Nantahala High School, students were assigned to read one of Amy Greene’s novels, and at the former Amy has agreed to come meet the students (the entire 9th grade).
The School of Letters has proposed a panel at this year’s National Council of Teachers of English Convention that will arise from this event. Several of the teachers involved have agreed to appear and discuss how Amy’s work, and regional writing, have been incorporated into their classrooms. Amy herself will also appear and comment. We will learn this spring whether our proposal has been accepted. That Convention will take place in Atlanta in November.
Did the project bring about any collaborations that otherwise might not have occurred? Please describe.
The event itself was a remarkably complicated collaboration among 5 high schools, 50 students, several Sewanee programs (Community Outreach, School of Letters, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Sewanee Review, and Lectures Committee), Rivendell Writers’ Colony, and Amy Greene. The NCTE panel, if it is accepted for the Convention, will represent another collaboration. Neither of these would have occurred without the funding provided by the Collaborative.