Carole Townsend’s Writers’ Workshop at Grayson Arts and History Center

By Tiffany Brix

CTWorkshop - 14Carole Townsend is one of our local treasures.  A talented author, Carole has enjoyed success in many avenues of writing.  One of her most well known books, Southern Fried White Trash, is a collection of humorous but true observations on her life as a true Southerner.  Carole also has a new historical crime novel, Blood in the Soil, releasing April 2016, available now for pre-order on Amazon.

What makes Carole special is that she takes all of her knowledge and experience and offers to share it through her Writers’ Workshop.  Her personal philosophy is to nurture and encourage budding authors and writers, instead of   tearing them apart to see who still limps onward.  Carole’s desireis to inspire and lift up. 

Her classes are usually offered as separate courses: “Creative Writing Workshop” and “Business of Writing Workshop.”  But, true to her creative spirit, Carole is trying something new with her current group at the Grayson Arts & History Center: she is covering both topics in this class.

CTWorkshop - 19Full disclosure: I am one of Carole’s students. Our first class was a getting-to-know-you affair,since much of writing comes from personal experience. Carole sees this as an important part of challenging her students.  Her experience shined as she effortlessly assessed us through our conversations and tailored our assignments to each of us. 

Carole gave us something to sink our teeth into right away by sharing some valuable resources to add to our reference library.  She also leaves us wanting more: we share and write in class with lumps in our throats and laugh until our eyes leak.  We plot together for fun and the stories can sometimes get fantastically outrageous.

Carole structures her class just like a good book, spinning her web of writing knowledge into an careful tapestry.  “I know this seems scattered,” she often says, “but it will make sense in the end, I promise.”  And it does.  Every class weaves through her plan.  She lectures, we share, we brainstorm, she challenges for more—and by the end we have another part of the plot of her class.  We look forward to next week, the next chapter. 

CTWorkshop - 9By the end of this experience, I know for certain I will have the tools to be a better writer.  I also know for certain I will have the tools to help me pursue an income through writing. 

Carole’s writing workshop is for anyone with an interest in writing, for whatever reason, in whatever capacity and at whatever level.  Whether you already have projects in the works or are just starting your journey,  Carole will meet you where you are and challenge you accordingly. 

Carole’s Writers’ Workshop lasts 5-6 weeks and costs $200. The current class meets at the Grayson Art and History Center on Mondays, and there is still time to register for those interested. 

If you want to know more about Carole and her work, or if you’d like to register for her class,  visit www.caroletownsend.com.

Tiffany Brix is a Georgia native and has lived in Gwinnett County for a total of 24 years.  She has called Grayson her home since 2010.  Tiffany has had the exhausting privilege of being a stay-at-home-mom since 2005.  She also has pursued her entrepreneurial spirit through natural beauty products and natural remedies.  It is her passion to share her wellness journey and assist others on theirs.   If you would like any information about a gluten free diet or learning about essential oils, Tiffany can be reached at tbrix82@gmail.com.  You can also follow Tiffany on Twitter @GFMunchkins.

Author: Jason

Jason Brooks is the owner and editor of Grayson Local. A resident of Grayson for over 14 years, he loves the Grayson community and the potential it holds. A former pastor, Jason now works as a freelance writer. He has written for The John Maxwell Company, North Point Ministries, The Ford Motor Company, Catalyst, and several regional magazines as well. You can follow Jason on Twitter (@JasonMuses).

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