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HomeGrown HideAways and Martin Sisters Publishing are teaming up to get creative in nature! This Novel Writing Essentials Workshop will get you moving on either starting, digging back into, or finishing that story waiting to be told. The Essentials course begins with finding your story, moves into the tools and mechanics you need to be successful, and ends with time to write, with coaching.

The cost of participating includes a Farm to Table lunch prepared on-site!

Workshop Instructor:

Melissa Newman, Ed.D.
Novelist, Appalachian Researcher,

and Writer
President and CEO

of Martin Sisters Publishing
Publishing Books in Appalachia

Since 2010

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Memoir Writing Essentials
Workshop Reviews!


"This workshop proved to be much more than I expected.  A great use of time with practical suggestions." Linda Young

"This course enabled me to develop a starting point and timeline for writing a memoir." Lyn Covert


"Thank you for your honesty and for introducing the group to putting our story into a format others may read." 

"I appreciated the legal aspect.  I never thought about that." Renee

"Just how much I would like to come back and learn more!"

"I love Melissa!" Sheri Tyler

"This workshop helped me answer important questions about writing a memoir.  I feel like I have a foundation to build on now."


"This was a very valuable workshop with a great mix of information and discussion around ideas & recommendations to consider with memoir development."

Past Workshop
Past Workshop

Register Here or at the Appalachian Writer's Conference Website!


only $395


This two-day conference includes 12 Writing Sessions and 5 Meals.

(refunds not allowed after June 30, 2023
The Appalachian Writer’s Conference, or AWC23, is a literary workshop that offers beginning and intermediate writers a chance to sharpen existing skills and learn new techniques from award-winning, seasoned novelists, non-fiction writers, memoirists, poets, screenwriters, and podcasters turned book authors! It all happens in the heart of Appalachia in Berea, Kentucky, at the state’s Artisan Capital. The conference’s many sessions and workshops will occur at the Historic Boone Tavern Hotel, where guests are offered a discounted rate. Conference attendees are also welcome to explore other places to stay in Berea. Go to the conference website and look under the tab “Lots to Do in Berea, Kentucky!”
While honing your writing skills and planning that next big literary project, enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, and shopping at the many craft stores while you meet Kentucky Artisans.

Those seeking lodging, please visit

Novel Writing Essentials
Workshop Reviews!

"It was well worth a two-hour drive (from Louisville to Berea). I would love to attend another session."

"I very much enjoyed the workshop and loved the casual atmosphere. I appreciate the informal and informative class. It was time well spent."

"Thank you for your dedication and talent to help us all in our own individual journeys. I look forward to learning more."

"I am looking forward to future workshops."

"I learned a lot about plot and character development and would like to learn more about the publishing process. I appreciated the opportunity to share and ask questions."

"I enjoyed the writing exercises and the welcoming, inviting vibe. The information included the basics and then progressed to more advanced aspects of the topics. It was a very open and comfortable format. The food was great and the setting was lovely and inspiring."

'I had a lot of fun at this workshop and learned a lot, too."

"The workshop walked us through the information and included a good mix of information and questions from and to the group. Thank you for making this so accessible."

"I enjoyed having other people's input on ideas. The workshop exceeded my expectations. I wanted even more time to work with the instructor. I loved the ambiance of the location."

"The instructor was great, the class was great, and the food was great! I would do this again and recommend this class to anyone who wants to do creative writing."

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