“Writing for Change” with Miles Tager (1110MT)
Friday, November 10, 2017
1 pm – 5 pm
Workshop is full, please call 336.846.3827 to be added to the waitlist
Award-winning author Miles Tager, author of Grandfather Mountain, a Profile will facilitate a writing workshop at the Florence Thomas Art School in beautiful downtown West Jefferson, North Carolina.
Themed ‘Writing for Change’, the workshop will be held at the art school showroom/classroom from 1-5 pm Friday, November 10.
“This workshop is not a class; there will be no grades or criticism,” Tager said. “Instruction will offer positive, practical techniques for both beginning and developing writers to get their ideas onto paper, and if they wish, published.”
His nonfiction book, Grandfather Mountain, A Profile, tracks the mountain’s history from foundation 500 million years ago through evolutionary and human development to the present day.
Grandfather Mountain, A Profile, was published in 1999, based on research gathered in a successful campaign to save the mountain from a ski resort development. Grandfather Mountain is the highest, oldest, and most prominent mountain in the Blue Ridge chain, and unique in its history and ecology .
Tager has worked as a journalist and advocate for thirty years, writing for numerous newspapers and magazines, and garnering writing awards from Appalachian State University, the North Carolina Press Association, North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina Writer’s Network.
Grandfather Mountain a Profile won the North Carolina Historical Society Book of the Year award in 1999 and is on the Approved Reading Lists for North Carolina Public Schools and libraries.
“ALL WRITING AFFECTS CHANGE, WHETHER PERSONAL, PROFESSIONAL, SPIRITUAL, OR PRACTICAL. THIS WORKSHOP WILL ADDRESS HOW TO USE THE WRITTEN WORD IN BOTH RESPONDING TO, AND CREATING, CHANGE IN YOUR LIFE AND THE LIVES OF OTHERS.”
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.”