Regional Writing, the Sense of Place, and the Rural Appalachian High School
The East Tennessee novelist Amy Greene (author of Bloodroot and The Long Man) will visit Sewanee, offer a reading to the college community, then offer writing workshops to selected students from Franklin and Grundy County High Schools. Students from Sewanee Creative Writing Certificate program will facilitate these workshops. The School of Letters will coordinate these events and eventually sponsor a panel at the 2016 National Council of Teachers of English meeting, in which the project will be discussed. This project is a great experience for a group of promising students from local public high schools and their teachers.
Amy Greene is a young but already accomplished novelist who grew up and still lives in a small town in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Her two novels are both set in her home region and specifically concerns its social, economic, and environmental history. Both have been remarkably successful: Bloodroot was a New York Times and national bestselller, was reviewed as widely and enthusiastically, and was singled out by both Amazon and the Times as one of the best books of 2010. The Long Man, which appeared in 2014, has been even more enthusiastically received. Reviews of her work have consistently stressed her ability vividly and movingly to represent the life of her Appalachian world.
This project should be the beginning of a long term relationship between the University’s distinguished creative writing programs and the local public educators. And, through the panel at the NCTE Convention, it could inspire similar collaborations in other parts of the country.