The 2018 TCR Writers' Studio

The Chattahoochee Review Writers’ Studio takes place on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the 4th floor of the JCLRC (CL) Building; Room CL-4100 on Perimeter College’s Clarkston campus. This annual event features a free one-day series of workshops for 15 participants geared toward the Perimeter College community and beyond. Attendees explore the writing craft used to create drama, prose, poetry, and mixed media works. Building upon the journal’s 37-year history of nurturing the literary arts within the college and the wider community, The Chattahoochee Review Writers’ Studio aims to inspire creative thinkers.

Registration for the studio runs from Tuesday, Sept. 4 through Wednesday, Sept. 19. To register, contact Alicia Johanneson at 678-891-3275 or ajohanneson@gsu.edu. Attendees are encouraged to bring either a paper notebook and something to write with, or a laptop, since all of the workshops will be generative (i.e. requiring participants to create something in written form or work through writing exercises).

The studio’s schedule and information about its facilitators are as follows:

Workshop Schedule
9-9:30 a.m.
: Check-in (light refreshments served)
9:30-10:45 a.m.: Playwriting Workshop with Dr. Angela Farr Schiller
10:45-11 a.m.: Break
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Young Adult Novel Writing Workshop with Lauren Karcz
12:15-1 p.m.: Lunch
1-2 p.m.: Poetry Reading & Discussion with Dr. Katherine Perry
2-2:15 p.m.: Break
2:15-3:30 p.m.: Comic Book Writing Workshop with Greg Burnham & Marcus Williams

Workshop Facilitators & Featured Poet
Dr. Angela Farr Schiller
received her B.A. in theater from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she completed her final year of study at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She received her master’s degree in Africana Studies from New York University, and completed her Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Dr. Schiller works professionally as a theatre performer, director, and dramaturge. As a dramaturge, she co-wrote and directed an original work, “The Knot,” as well as worked on productions of “The Color Purple,” “Hairspray,” and “Cabaret,” and on the development of new works. Most recently, Dr. Schiller directed Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “In the Red and Brown Water,” and Anna Deveare Smith’s “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992.” Dr. Schiller joined the faculty of Kennesaw State University’s Department of Theatre and Performance Studies as an assistant professor and resident dramaturge in the fall of 2015.

Lauren Karcz is the author of The Gallery of Unfinished Girls, published in the summer of 2017 by HarperCollins/HarperTeen. The Gallery of Unfinished Girls, a Junior Library Guild Selection, presents “a beautiful and evocative look at identity and creativity” with a mix of magical realism. Featuring a “fiercely independent female protagonist” in the character of Mercedes Moreno, Karcz’s debut young adult novel has been hailed as a dreamy and subtle work of art that tackles themes of death, love, creativity, growing up, and moving on, with a depth and relatability all its own. Lauren Karcz is a self-describe professional language nerd, having worked as an ESL teacher, a linguist, and now as an author. Karcz lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia. More information about Lauren Karcz is on her Website.

Dr. Katherine Perry is an associate professor of English at Perimeter College, and a co-founder and coordinator of the Georgia State University Prison Education Project. She earned her Ph.D. in English from Auburn University in Alabama. Her dissertation, Gender on Paper, explored the performance of gender by American women poets across different time periods and subject areas. While Dr. Perry holds a traditional Ph.D., most of her writing is poetry. During the pursuit of her doctorate, Dr. Perry began working with the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project for which she taught poetry and reading classes. These classes shaped her understanding of the transformative nature of art and poetry, and they ignited in her a motivation to combine her privileged academic work with activism. Dr. Perry’s debut chapbook of poetry, Long Alabama Summer, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2017. Dr. Perry is a self-professed feminist, and her academic work, poetry, and life choices reflect that stance. Dr. Perry teaches primarily on Perimeter College’s Decatur campus. She lives in Decatur, Georgia with her husband, two children, and a dog. More information about Dr. Perry is on her Website.

Greg Burnham & Marcus Williams are co-creators of the new comic book series “The Tuskegee Heirs: Flames of Destiny,” which pays homage to the lives of the Tuskegee Airmen, the all-African American pursuit squadron that overcame segregation and prejudice in the U.S. military during the 1940s, and went on to become one of the most highly respected fighter groups of World War II. Greg Burnham is a children’s book author whose passion for history is only matched by his fire to inspire children to reach higher heights. By day, Burnham works in finance, coaches basketball, and raises his two children. By night, alongside Willliams, he brings “The Tuskegee Heirs” to life. Marcus Williams works as a professional illustrator, comic book artist, and writer. He began his career more than 15 years ago as an illustrator for the popular nationally circulated comic book series “Hero Cats of Stellar City,” published by Action Lab Entertainment. Williams fine-tunes his understanding of the business of making, selling, marketing, and publishing comics by attending comic book conventions and retailer expos annually. More information about “The Tuskegee Heirs: Flames of Destiny” is on the series’ Website.