Since 1990 Free River Press has conducted writing workshops across America, gathering stories written by people from all walks of life: farmers, ranchers, commercial fishermen, journalists, photographers, high school students, teachers, and more.
A landscape architect will sit writing across the table from an artist or a college dean. A dentist will write about ice skating on Mississippi River sloughs or the degradation of farmland soil. A farmer tells how chemicals that poisoned his cattle led him to organic farming. A cowboy writes about bar fights in a Texas honkytonk. A woman writes about tending bar in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen.
Begun with a workshop for the homeless in Nashville, Free River Press has conducted workshops in the board room of a Chicago public relations firm; in New York’s Riverside Church ,and in a senior center in Santa Fe. We have run workshops at the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas and at the Stax Records Museum in Memphis. We have sat around tables in a ranch house kitchen in Channing, Texas and a community center in Tucumcari, New Mexico. That’s just a few of the places we’ve been.
We are still looking for stories. Yours may be next.