By Tiffany Brix
Carole 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.
Full 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.
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.