The second James Jones Writers Workshop Retreat took place from May 26 – June 2, 2019 at The A.C. Thomas House for workshop and inspiration in New Harmony, Indiana. Courses offered included the Developmental Writing Workshop with Kaylie Jones, Writing Historical Fiction with Laurie Loewenstein, 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.

LAURIE LOEWENSTEIN

LAURIE LOEWENSTEIN

WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION

Loewenstein's recent novel, DEATH OF A RAINMAKER (2018), is the first of a mystery series set in the 1930s Dust Bowl.

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

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.

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.