Fiction, poetry workshops set for January Jumpstart

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Tennessee Mountain Writers are planning fiction- and poetry-writing workshops for January Jumpstart XIV on Jan. 10-12 in Best Western Morristown Conference Center.

J.T. Ellison, a bestselling author of 10 critically acclaimed novels, will lead the fiction workshop.

The poetry workshop will be conducted by award-winning poet and quilter Jane Hicks.

January Jumpstart will open with an informal evening social hour on Friday.

Workshop sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Ellison’s works include “The Final Cut” with Catherine Coulter, “Edge of Black” and “A Deeper Darkness.”

Her novel, “The Cold Room,” won the ITW Thriller Award for Best Paperback Original of 2010, and “Where All the Dead Lie” was a Rita Nominee for Best Romantic Suspense of


Ellison is also the author of multiple short stories, and her novels have been published in more than 20 countries.

To research her books, she has worked with the Metro Nashville Police Department and the FBI, as well as performing autopsies and studying survivalists.

She has an active following on Twitter under the name @Thrillerchick and has a robust Facebook community.

A native of upper East Tennessee, Hicks won the 2000 Appalachian Poetry Contest sponsored by Now & Then magazine.

She also won the James Still Award for Poetry given by the Appalachian Writers Association.

The Jesse Stuart Foundation published her first book, “Blood and Bone Remember: Poems from Appalachia,” in 2005.

The book met with popular and critical acclaim, winning the Appalachian Writers Association Poetry Book of the Year prize.

It was also nominated for the Weatherford Award given by the Appalachian Studies Association.

Hicks’ poetry has frequently appeared in journals and literary magazines in the Southeast, notably “Wind,” “Now & Then,” “Appalachian Journal,” “Appalachian Heritage” and “Shenandoah.”

Participation in January Jumpstart XIV will be limited to 20 registrants per workshop.

Deadline for registering is Jan. 3.

Coffee and tea before the morning sessions and lunch on Saturday are included in the $125 registration fee.

For a registration form or additional information on either workshop, visit the Tennessee Mountain Writers website at www.tmwi.org, or email Sue Richardson Orr at theorrs@usit.net.

Tennessee Mountain Writers is a nonprofit, nonpolitical organization that promotes Tennessee literary arts and supports the work of Tennessee writers.

Its goal is to provide opportunities for people interested in the craft of writing to become better writers.

Membership is open to all writers interested in furthering these objectives, regardless of geographic location.

January Jumpstart is funded in part under an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.