Summer 2019 Workshops

This summer, Noepe is proud to host prominent authors who will be running three 5-day long workshops from 1:00pm-4:00pm in addition to readings. The workshops will take place in the Art Barn conference room.*

For more information about the authors that are visiting, please fill out the form here:



Workshop Dates:
Wednesday July 10 - Sunday July 14– 1:00pm-4:00pm

This Summer, You Write Your Novel 

Stephen King suggests that a novel should be written in a season. Walter Moseley’s This Year, You Write Your Novel offers advice on how to do as the title of this book suggests. In this workshop, students will make significant progress towards their goal of finishing a complete first draft of their novels by the end of the summer. Participants will cheer each other on as they break to obstacles to their projects’ completion. Each student will submit and receive substantive feedback on a new excerpt of their novel-in-progress. Appropriate for beginning as well as advanced writers, this five-day workshop will be of particular interest to writers who want to strengthen character development and employ new ideas for plotting and structuring their manuscripts. 

Naomi Jackson is author of The Star Side of Bird Hill, published by Penguin Press in June 2015. The Star Side of Bird Hill was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and longlisted for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize, the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and the International Dublin Literary Award. Star Side was named an Honor Book for Fiction by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. It was also selected for the American Booksellers Association’s Indies Introduce and Indies Next List programs. The book has been reviewed by The New York Times, The New Yorker, Kirkus Reviews, and Entertainment Weekly, which called Star Side “a gem of a book. Publishers Weekly named Jackson a Writer to Watch. 

Jackson studied fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She traveled to South Africa on a Fulbright scholarship, where she received an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. A graduate of Williams College, her work has appeared in literary journals and magazines in the United States and abroad. She is the recipient of residencies and fellowships from Bread Loaf, MacDowell Colony, the University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writers House, Hedgebrook, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Camargo Foundation.

Jackson has taught at the University of Iowa, University of Pennsylvania, City College of New York, and Oberlin College. She is the 2018-19 Writer-in-Residence at Queens College. 

Jackson was born and raised in Brooklyn by West Indian parents. 

Fee: $500 for the 5-day course


Workshop Dates:
Wednesday, July 17 - Sunday, July 21 — 1:00pm-4:00pm

Deconstructing the Short Story

In this workshop, we will review our peers’ short stories and explore the conventions of narrative.  We will focus on elements such as POV, plot, narrative structure, and characterization, and our goal will be to deepen and enhance the reading experience.  We will consider examples from published work, complete exercises, and come away from our time together with new tools and strategies to make our stories the best versions of themselves. 

Bret Anthony Johnston is the author of the internationally best-selling novel Remember Me Like This, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and the winner of the 2015 McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns Prize.  The book has been translated around the world and is being made into a major motion picture.  Bret is also the author of  the award-winning Corpus Christi: Stories, which was named a Best Book of the Year by The Independent (London) and The Irish Times, and the editor of Naming the World and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer. His work appears in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Paris Review, Glimmer Train Stories, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Best American Short Stories, and on NPR’s Selected Shorts.

In 2017, Bret won The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, “the world’s richest and most prestigious prize for a single short story.” Other awards include the Pushcart Prize, the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, the Stephen Turner Award, the Cohen Prize, a James Michener Fellowship, the Kay Cattarulla Prize for short fiction, and many more. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, The Best American Sports Writing, and on NPR’s All Things Considered.

A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he’s the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and a 5 Under 35 honor from the National Book Foundation. He wrote the documentary film Waiting for Lightning, which was released in theaters around the world by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

After directing the creative writing program at Harvard University for eleven years, Bret is now the Director of the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas in Austin.

Fee: $500 for the 5-day course


Workshop Dates
Wednesday, July 24 - Sunday July 28 — 1:00pm-4:00pm

Bringing Up A Stone: Cultivating A Daily Writing Practice 

I like the idea of the writer as a monk, devoted to the word.  To approach our writing in this way, we must cultivate our practice by approaching our work daily with intention and attention.  Only when we  manage this do we begin to attain depth, and reap abundance from our creative work.  

This workshop, led by Martha's Vineyard Poet Laureate Justen Ahren, employees monastic principles such as gratitude, surrender, doubt, and prayer to aid in the cultivation of a daily writing practice. It is not easy to sit and write what we carry around in us.  We often feel blocked, or don't know how to begin.  Enhanced by practical discussions about craft, this workshop relies on writing exercises which help unlock the paths to your writing, and move you more deeply into your work.

Fee: $500 for the 5-day course

*Workshop Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your workshop registration prior to a month in advance of the workshop start date, you will receive a full refund (via check only).

If you cancel your workshop registration prior to two weeks in advance of the workshop start date, you will receive a 50% refund.

If you cancel your workshop registration less than two weeks in advance of the workshop start date, you will not receive any refund.