When you take a Folk School class, you never know who you will meet. Last fall, I had the pleasure of sitting next to Robin Edgar in the herbalism class during Shaker Week. I learned that she and her husband, David Edgar, have been teaching classes at the Folk School since 1996! Robin teaches writing and David teaches the unique craft of turning recycled plastic into fantastic creations. This year, they are both teaching during Earth Week, April 19–24, 2020. In her upcoming class, Turning Fond Memories into Family Histories, students will discover how to use sights, sounds, and even smells to recall and record meaningful memories.Read More
Feb 14, 2019
It is Thursday afternoon. Outside the writing studio window, the day is bathed in sunlight, the limb patterns on the grass motionless. Inside the studio, writers are at work with pen or laptop, or staring out the window, or sitting chin in hand. Chairs squeak, the printer clacks, the clock ticks. Small sounds that only accentuate the silence. The writing group is focused, which is different from a focus group . . . or maybe it isn’t.
Dec 14, 2017
Earlier this fall, Donna Glee Williams taught a writing class at the Folk School: “Write What You Don’t Know.” In the class, students took inspiration from life at the Folk School to find prompts for writing stories, pushing past the boundaries of their own experiences. Don M. Benson, Sr., a student in the class, shared the following story he wrote, taking inspiration from the craft of Blacksmithing. Enjoy his story below!Read More
Jun 21, 2014
Observing painters, musicians, enamelists, woodturners and their work is transformative, and being part of the creative process of master and student crafter is a privilege. Word follows image because writers must do something in response to what they see and feel.
Mar 17, 2013
On Thursday, March 2l, 2013, John Campbell Folk School and N.C. Writers Network West are sponsoring a reading of poetry from 7-8p.m. The reading is free of charge and open to the public. Poets Linda Smith and writer Susan Anderson will be the featured readers.
John Campbell Folk School and NC Writers Network West Sponsor a Reading of Poetry by Mary Ricketson & Nadine Justice
Feb 18, 2013
On Thursday, February 21, 2013, John Campbell Folk School and NC Writers Network West are sponsoring a reading of poetry. The reading is free of charge and open to the public. Poets Mary Ricketson and Nadine Justice will be the featured readers. Join us at 7-8pm in Keith House.
Oct 3, 2012
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