The Writing Room is an independent creative writing program in Greenville, SC founded by Mindy Friddle and sponsored by the Emrys Foundation. The Writing Room is unique because there’s no other organization–or university writing program–in the area quite like it. Since September 2006, the Writing Room has offered classes that encourage writers to explore their craft in a supportive yet challenging environment. Our workshops and seminars meet in a variety of places, including The Handlebar, The Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Furman University, and The Innovate Building. Here is a listing of faculty who teach–or have taught–for the Writing Room:
Originally from Kilmarnock, Scotland, Heather Marshall is an author and teacher currently based in Greenville, where she lives with her children, a pair of Labrador-mix dogs, a set of bagpipes and a Royal Enfield motorbike. Other than reading and writing, Heather likes most to be outside. In her writing, Heather likes to explore the connection — or disconnection — between characters and the natural environment. Heather’s fiction has won The Baker Prize in Scotland, the Piccolo Spoleto Fiction Open and the Sue Lile Inman Award for Excellence in the Art of the Short Story. Her fiction and creative nonfiction are published in literary journals and anthologies in the US and the UK and have been read on the radio in both countries. When she isn’t writing or teaching, she’s tromping or riding over the hills near her home, and, when she can get away with it, on the other side of the Atlantic. Her novel, The Thorn Tree (MP Publishing) released in June, 2014. You can find out more about her at Heather’s website. Watch for news of the workshop Heather will teach in the spring of 2015.
Mindy Friddle is founder and director of the Writing Room. Her novel, The Garden Angel (St. Martin’s Press/Picador) was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection and an NPR Summer Reading Pick. Her second novel, Secret Keepers, was published by St. Martin’s Press in May. She was awarded a South Carolina Prose Fellowship in 2008, and has twice won the South Carolina Fiction Prize. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson. Visit Mindy’s website.
Scott Gould is Chair of the Creative Writing Department at the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities, His poetry, fiction and nonfiction have been published in magazines and anthologies including Kenyon Review, Kansas Quarterly, Carolina Quarterly, Black Warrior Review, New Stories From the South, and New Southern Harmonies, among others. He is a past winner of the Literature Fellowship from the South Carolina Arts Commission and the Fiction Fellowship from the South Carolina Academy of Authors. Scholastic, Inc. named him a National Creative Writing Teacher of the Year, and his scriptwriting has won awards from the International Television Association and the London Film Festival. Scott recently received a Surdna Arts Teacher Fellowship for study in Italy. Scott has an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of South Carolina and an MFA in Writing from Warren Wilson College. About Scott.
A North Carolina native, Ashley Warlick is the author of three novels:The Distance from the Heart of Things (1996), The Summer After June (2000), and Seek the Living (2005), all published by Houghton Mifflin Company. She is the youngest recipient of the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship, a founding advisory board member for the Novello Festival Press, a book reviewer and columnist, and a recipient of a 2006 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches in the MFA program at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina and the South Carolina Governer’s School for the Arts and Humanities. Read more about Ashley.