Kiese Laymon to Lead Fall Creative Nonfiction Workshop

by Kate Parrish on September 7th, 2017

The Michigan Quarterly Review called him “an amazing, courageous and brave novelist and essayist.” Roxane Gay wrote she “was stunned into silence” after reading “How to Kill Yourself and Others in America: A Remembrance.” Mark Anthony Neal named him “one of the leading young black writers in America.”

As part of our ongoing series of weekend workshops at Rivendell Writers’ Colony, we are pleased to announce the latest in our lineup — Fear & Liberation: A Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop Weekendled by the inimitable Kiese Laymon.

Join us at Rivendell November 10-12 as Laymon guides writers to develop the voice and shape of their creative nonfiction. This workshop will explore the relationships between fear, joy, space and raced, gendered and classed identity. Writers will spend ample time thinking through what they’ve been afraid to write in hopes of developing rituals that make this often terrifying, but wholly liberatory kind of writing possible.

Participants will have the opportunity to workshop one piece of their own writing, as well as to sit in on craft lectures. Plenty of time is set aside for writing, reading and exploring our property during one of the most beautiful times of year in Sewanee. Healthy, delicious, and energy-rich meals are served throughout the weekend.

Friday, November 10 – Sunday, November 12


includes all meals + single occupancy accommodation



Application deadline is Sunday, October 8. Space is limited.


We are pleased to be able to offer a scholarship to one workshop attendee to cover the cost of lodging and meals. More details on how to apply for the scholarship can be found here.


About Kiese Laymon

Kiese Laymon is a professor of English and creative writing at the University of Mississippi and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Nonfiction at the University of Iowa. He is the author of the novel, Long Division, a book of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, and the forthcoming memoir, Heavy: An American Memoir.

Laymon has written essays, stories and reviews for numerous publications including Esquire, McSweeneys, The New York Times, ESPN the Magazine, Colorlines, NPR, LitHub, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, PEN Journal, Fader, Oxford American, The Best American Series, Ebony and Guernica. He is a contributing editor of Oxford American.

Learn more about Laymon at Follow him on Twitter @kieselaymon.


Learn more about and apply to FEAR & LIBERATION here.

Questions? Please email

Application deadline is Sunday, October 8.