Literature in the Community

“From the Mountain Mists” storytelling event, Chief Logan State Park Pioneer Cabin, October 2019.
Left to right: Trisha Adams, Linley Marcum, Lori Workman and Missi Dingess at “From the Mountain Mists” storytelling event. Chief Logan State Park Pioneer Cabin, October 2019.

I think that one of the most important aspects of being a writer is also being a literary citizen. But what does that mean? What exactly is “literary citizenship”?

I believe that literary citizenship is the practice and belief in the importance of promoting literature in my community alongside the promotion of the arts of music, theater, and art. How does one promote literature, though?

To promote the importance of literature in my community, I am regularly involved in events that focus on the literary traditions of West Virginia Coal Country, oral history and storytelling, and informative sessions such as writer’s groups, writer’s camps for students and adults, and critique groups (coming soon!).

I host an annual storytelling event at Chief Logan State Park at the Pioneer Cabin during the Halloween season. There, I become the specter of the cabin, telling ghost stories from across the state of West Virginia. The event is free and open to the public; check back often for dates and times for my storytelling events!

If you would like for me to host an event, I am available to speak in schools to students about being an author, to host storycraft events for students, and to host storytelling events. Send me an email using the link below to schedule your event today!

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