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Jun 01 2019


1:00 pm - 5:00 pm



Writing the Family Portrait with Miles Tager

All Levels

If you are an artist painting a family portrait, you consider your style options first.

What tones should I use?
What colors, backgrounds, frames?

As writers, we can take exactly the same approach. Indeed, many of the words are the same to bring your relations alive on the page as they would on canvas.  In this workshop we will portray individuals and generations alike in vivid tone and color, framed in their personalities, history, achievements, time and place.
Participants should bring a full-size notebook, pocket notebook, and pen or pencil.

Workshop Teacher

  • Miles Tager

    Miles Tager has been writing and reporting, promoting and marketing non-profits and small business, and advocating social and environmental causes for over thirty years.

    Author of Grandfather Mountain, A Profile and thousands of newspaper and magazine articles, Miles has written everything from personal growth exercises to patent applications; Op-Ed pieces to Department of Transportation grants.

    “All writing serves all other writing, affects change, and helps lay the foundation for healing, recovery, and transformation,” he says.

    A co-founder of The Writer’s Workshop and Greenline (now Mountain X-Press) in Asheville, Miles learned the craft in writing workshops and honed it in community newspapers covering every imaginable – and some unimaginable – people, places and events.

    “The workshops can give you not only the tools of the trade, but the even more critical mental components of faith and fortitude; fortifying both the belief in yourself and your ability to carry your voice outside yourself.”

    Miles has worked extensively with students at both high school and college journalism classes, teen writing groups and families with rich, but unwritten, histories.

    Environmental advocacy has provided another cog in the wheel of moving out of helplessness and into an arena where you can see the impact of your work, and your words.

    Miles was instrumental in initiatives to save both Grandfather Mountain and The Biltmore Estate in Asheville from ruinous developments, and has worked for years with land trusts and conservation groups to preserve mountain land and mountain heritage.

    “When you write, you do so of course for yourself, but more so for others; for family, community, history, and posterity.”

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