An inspiring presenter and award-winning children’s book writer, John Claude Bemis has agreed to teach in 2013 at the Table Rock Writers Workshop. Bemis was also recently named the 2013 Piedmont Laureate. His first novel in the Clockwork Dark trilogy, The Nine Pound Hammer, won the AAUW North Carolina Award for Juvenile Literature, was nominated for the North Carolina Children’s Book Award, and was selected as a New York Public Library Best Children’s Book for Reading and Sharing. John’s trilogy continues with The Wolf Tree and The White City and has been described as “original and fresh” and “a unique way of creating fantasy.” His latest novel The Prince Who Fell from the Sky was an Amazon Best Book of the Month. John is represented by Adams Literary, and his novels are published by Random House.
Former student Bradley Scheel says, “John is the rare artist who is so passionate about the craft that he is willing to share everything he has on the subject freely and without reserve. Every moment was fun, every class inspirational. No time will be more wisely spent.”
John’s section of the five-day, Table Rock workshop will be an opportunity for aspiring and seasoned children’s book writers to gather in an intimate and inspiring setting to deepen your writing craft. (The focus will be on longer manuscripts for middle grade or young adult readers, not picture books.) Come with a willingness to engage in rich conversations, to participate in fun activities that will expand your skills and imagination, and a desire to take your writing to the next level. You will leave with new insights into character, plot, scene, and setting, creative new exercises for developing wildly original ideas, and an entirely new vision for how to improve your story. Be sure to bring your current work-in-process, since there will be dedicated time each day to write in the magical setting of the North Carolina mountains.
For more information on the Table Rock Writers Workshop, held September 9-13, 2013 at Wildacres Retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, please visit http://tablerockwriters.com. Classes are small, register early. All meals and accommodations are included.