The Covid Garden: A Story Writing Workshop

Are you a farmer or growing a garden? Are you a writer or interested in writing? Appalshop Archive in partnership with the Creating in Place project invites farmers and gardeners with any or no writing experience, as well as writers who built a home garden this summer, to tell their stories. The workshop will be led by award-winning author Rebecca Gayle Howell: “Through online meetings, we will collaborate, practicing active listening and creative documentary techniques, as we work to share the harvest that this summer of quarantine brought to us—be it one of grief, stress, or an unexpected bliss. We will also read writing from those who have come before us, voices who can help comfort, challenge, and guide us, teaching us how to hear each other’s stories and share our own.” At the end of the workshop, participants will be invited to contribute to a radio documentary, produced for community radio station WMMT in Whitesburg, KY.


Workshop classes will take place twice a week from October 13 through November 8th. Participants will receive a $250 stipend, and seating is limited to 12.

The deadline to apply is Friday, October 2nd. Please apply via this Google form. Applicants who live in Eastern Kentucky will get priority seating. Because classes will take place online, access to a good internet connection will be required.

The COVID Garden is an online story workshop offered by Appalshop’s Creating in Place initiative to bring together original, creative works about life during Covid. We thank the National Endowment for the Arts for their generous support.