The inaugural James Jones Writers Retreat took place from May 27 – June 3, 2018. Fourteen writers gathered daily in The A.C. Thomas House for workshop and inspiration in New Harmony, Indiana. Courses offered included the Developmental Writing Workshop with Kaylie Jones and Judy Mandel, and The Art of Creative Writing with J. Patrick Redmond and Lauren J. Sharkey.

FACULTY

KAYLIE JONES

KAYLIE JONES

DEVELOPMENTAL WRITING WORKSHOP

KAYLIE JONES has published seven books, including a memoir, Lies My Mother Never Told Me, and her most recent novel, The Anger Meridian.

JUDY L. MANDEL

JUDY L. MANDEL

FEATURED FACULTY

JUDY L. MANDEL is a writing coach, teacher, and editor. She is the author of the NY Times Bestseller, REPLACEMENT CHILD - A MEMOIR.

J. PATRICK REDMOND

J. PATRICK REDMOND

THE ART OF CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP

SOME GO HUNGRY is his first novel, and when asked about it, Patrick says, “It’s about God, guns, gays, and green beans.” 

LAUREN J. SHARKEY

LAUREN J. SHARKEY

THE ART OF CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP

LAUREN J. SHARKEY’s debut novel, INCONVENIENT DAUGHTER, is forthcoming in 2020, and based on her experience as a Korean American adoptee.

 

ALUMNI

BREANNA FAIRCHILD

BREANNA FAIRCHILD

BREANNA FAIRCHILD is a Midwestern girl through and through. She currently resides in Marshall, Illinois with her family and spends her days writing and daydreaming. When she’s not arguing with the characters in her head, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends. She is working toward a bachelor’s degree in English at University of Maryland University College and hopes to someday join the ranks of “Published Author”.

RUTH GONZALEZ

RUTH GONZALEZ

RUTH is an up-and-coming writer from Miami, Florida. She is currently working on a young adult novel, and recently had a story, Spoken Words, published in Short Édition.

VALERIE HARGIS

VALERIE HARGIS

VALERIE hails from Kentucky, and is currently working on a full-length work about life as a small-town Southern gal, which she began after attending the inaugural James Jones Writers Workshop Retreat in 2018. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her two grandsons.

ANGE HUMPHREY

ANGE HUMPHREY

Ange Humphrey is the pastor of Fresh Air Community which meets on Thursdays at the Grace and Peace Lutheran Church, but you might know her as a local news anchor at WEVV in the 90s! Her television career spreads back even farther. Ange was a very popular television personality in Louisville, KY starting when she was 21 in 1973! Ange hosted the popular Louisville Tonight before moving to Ted Turner’s Superstation in Atlanta, where she worked for Bonnie and Terry Turner of Third Rock from the Sun fame! Eventually Ange made her way to Evansville, landing at WEVV in 1998.

Along the way, Ange  became the mother of the “two of the most interesting kids ever,”  son Clayton Brown and daughter Laura Kathryn Eleanora Brown. Her children then “blessed her life with the joy of 3 darling grandgirls, Contessa, Scarlett and Gwendolyn. Believe your mom when she tells you, grandkids are the best thing ever.”

Ange’s life has taken many twists and turns, but she declares that “life is always better, richer and happier when, at last, the right partner comes along. I have that in my husband and soul mate George Relyea. We have a connection that transcends all ways of knowing and being and loving. He is my heart.

DOROTHY MARCIC

DOROTHY MARCIC

DOROTHY MARCIC is a professor at Columbia University, a playwright, and former professor at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Economics-Prague, an advisor to the US Ambassador of the Czech Republic and a delegate to the United Nations Economic and Social Develop Summit and the UN Commission on the Status of Women. She is the author of 15 books, including the best-selling Understanding Management, Managing with the Wisdom of Love, RESPECT: Women and Popular Music, and Love Lift Me Higher, as well as numerous articles and research studies. Dr. Marcic wrote two hit musicals, RESPECT, which has played 3200 performances in over 70 cities and SISTAS, which has played Off-Broadway in New York City for over 6 years.

MARSHA MITTMAN

MARSHA MITTMAN

Marsha Warren Mittman’s humorous memoir, You Know You Moved to South Dakota from New York City WHEN…, is forthcoming from Scurfpea Publishing. Her poetry, short stories, and essays have been published in international journals and anthologies, and received multiple distinctions including a month-long 2019 Writer-in-Residence at the Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts. She’s authored three chapbooks – Patriarchal Chronicles: Women’s Worldwide Tears was just accepted for publication.

HOLLY TAPPEN

HOLLY TAPPEN

Holly Tappen is an oil painter of figurative and abstract art. She studied Art History at Emory University in Atlanta and Paris. She paints in her studio in NE Minneapolis every day. On Monday nights, she practices art and researches Leonardo’s techniques at The Art Academy, Inc. in St. Paul, while every Sunday she draws the live models at the Studio 103 Drawing Co-op, hosted by Florence Hill in NE Minneapolis. She has worked at her art with mentors such as Rochelle Woldorsky, David Feinberg, Alexandra Rosenmann, Greg Lipelt, and Suzanne Beck.

Attendees not pictured include Eyrna Jones-Heisler, Andrea Kay, and Lee Stewart.