Marjorie Hudson is the author of a short story collection, Accidental Birds of the Carolinas, a PEN/Hemingway Honorable Mention for Distinguished First Fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction, Searching for Virginia Dare, and her work has been published in five anthologies. Hudson’s stories, essays, and poems explore themes of loss, conflict, and a yearning for community deeply threaded through American history and contemporary life. She writes on topics ranging from pond fishing to Sufi dancing, from extraordinary dogs to English explorers, from the artist’s life to the life of the monarch butterfly. Her work has won many honors, including fellowships from the NC Arts Council, Headlands Center for the Arts, and Ucross Ranch, as well as two Pushcart Special Mentions.
Hudson holds an MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College. A longtime editor, she has worked for National Parks magazine, American Land Forum, and Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. She has served as Writer in Residence at the NC Arts Incubator, and has been a visiting lecturer at many colleges and universities. She teaches creative writing at Central Carolina Community College and in workshops throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.
Marjorie welcomes story tellers in all genres to her workshop.
Marjorie’s Plans for Doe Branch Ink:
I invite writers to think of writing workshops as places where creativity can surprise us in many forms, from the seed of a new work, to the taking root of a new idea, to the full blossoming of a completed story, poem, or essay. My workshop style is both supportive of the writer’s process and rigorous. We’ll use exercises and techniques that generate new work, shine a bright light on the potential in the work and the opportunities for development, while respecting and supporting the writer in his or her process. I feel I have a special gift for helping writers find the heart of the work, developing it, and making plans for completion.
Some writers’ comments about past Hudson workshops:
“Your commentary and feedback is AWESOME! This is exactly what I am looking for. I really want to continue with this!”
“I can personally attest to the excellence of Marjorie’s instruction. She is a perceptive and encouraging teacher with a mastery of her craft and an exceptional ability to help her students elevate the drama and distinctiveness of their stories.”