May 2022

This series of mini workshops focuses on topics of Voice, Structure, Setting and Movement within the modern novel. Each workshop will include craft instruction and generative activities to meet attendees needs. 
Weekly Virtual Meetings

Meetings will be held on Thursdays from 6:00-7:00PM

May 5th, 12th, 26th, and June 2nd

These will be recorded available online to enrolled students

One on One with Instructor

Instructor will schedule 30 minute virtual sessions with each attendee to discuss personal work one time during the 3 week period.

Weekly Readings and Discussions 

Week 1: Voice & Characterization

Week 2: Setting that Moves

Week 3: Plot Propulsion

Week 4: The Story Exchange

Meet Your Instructor

Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle

Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and resides in Qualla, NC with her husband, Evan and sons Ross and Charlie. She holds degrees from Yale University and the College of William and Mary. Her debut novel, Even As We Breathe, was released by the University Press of Kentucky in 2020, a finalist for the Weatherford Award and named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2020. In 2021, it received the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. Her first novel manuscript, Going to Water is winner of the Morning Star Award for Creative Writing from the Native American Literature Symposium (2012) and a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction (2014). Clapsaddle’s work has appeared in Yes! Magazine, Lit Hub, Smoky Mountain Living Magazine, South Writ Large and The Atlantic. After serving as executive director of the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, Annette returned to teaching at Swain County High School. She is the former co-editor of the Journal of Cherokee Studies and serves on the board of trustees for the North Carolina Writers Network.


Even As We Breathe invokes the elements of bone, blood, and flesh as Cowney navigates difficult social, cultural, and ethnic divides. After leaving the seclusion of the Cherokee reservation, he is able to explore a future free from the consequences of his family’s choices and to construct a new worldview, for a time. However, prejudice and persecution in the white world of the resort eventually compel Cowney to free himself from larger forces that hold him back as he struggles to unearth evidence of his innocence and clear his name.

Published through Fireside Industries and can be purchased directly from Hindman Settlement School here.

Fireside Industries

 An imprint partnership of the University Press of Kentucky and Hindman Settlement School, exists to provide stability to the Appalachian literary tradition by publishing new works and reissues of classics that greatly contribute to the region.

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