Exclusive Conversation with Poet and Educator Jesse Graves

This Saturday March 17th, Jesse Graves will lead a narrative poetry workshop, sponsored by the KWG. Our recent interview with Jesse–see below–reveals his expansive mindset on poetry, learning, and East Tennessee. Jesse Graves grew up in Sharps Chapel, Tennessee, a community his ancestors settled in the 1780s.  He is an Associate Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence […]

Writer and Workshop Leader Caitlin Hamilton Summie Sheds Some Light on Short Stories

Saturday February 17th, writer Caitlin Hamilton Summie will lead a Knoxville Writers’ Guild sponsored workshop: What Works for Short Stories.  The following short interview with her provides a glimpse of the possibilities awaiting this weekend’s workshop participants. KWG:  You’re leading a KWG workshop on short story writing.  As you began developing as a short story writer, […]

This Saturday’s Workshop Instructor, Bob Mayer, Has 70 Novels to His Name: The Below Interview Reveals Some of His “Plotting” Tendencies

Bob Mayer has published over 70 books, hitting bestseller lists in the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, with four titles hitting #1 on Kindle’s Science Fiction list. He graduated from West Point, and commanded a Green Beret A-Team. His presentations have engaged audiences in over a thousand organizations in […]

Member spotlight: Rhea Carmon

Rhea Carmon: Poet, Performer, Mentor & KWG Member Stunning performance poet, math teacher, mentor, and mother, new KWG member Rhea Carmon is making an outsized contribution to the lives, the arts, the souls and the academic futures of Knoxville youth, and is at the forefront of women’s slam and performance art in our community. Consider: […]

Intriguing Interview with Upcoming KWG Presenter and Novelist, Julia Watts

  I caught up with novelist Julia Watts the other day to get a sense of her notions on her upcoming KWG program (11/2/17).  A really interesting exchange developed on good story beginnings, critiques, and guild programing: DREWS: Can a good book have a bad or even average beginning? WATTS: Absolutely!  Some books are “slow […]