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Writing By Writers GET THE LEAD OUT! is an online generative workshop that brings all levels of writers together for a weekend of inspiration, craft and the generation of new work.

When:  January 21 - 23, 2022 online over Zoom.

Tuition:  $750 includes one three-day workshop, admittance to all craft talks and readings.

Format:  Workshops will begin in the afternoon of Friday, January 21, 2022, at 1:00pm Pacific and end on Sunday, January 23, 2022, at 4:30pm Pacific. Each day will feature a craft talk by one of our faculty members and participants will split into small groups where they will dissect the art and craft of writing through lectures, writing exercises and class discussions. We won’t be reading and critiquing manuscripts, but rather closely examining elements of craft with the intention of allowing participants to see their work with deeper insight while also generating new material. Each participant will have the opportunity to work in a small group setting with all three faculty members. Whether you are just getting started or have projects that need new life, this workshop will offer inspiration and insight to take you to the next level. 

Faculty: Gina Frangello, Pam Houston & J. Drew Lanham.





Gina Frangello

Gina Frangello’s fifth book, the memoir Blow Your House Down: A Story of Family, Feminism, and Treason (Counterpoint), has been selected as a New York Times Editor’s Choice and received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and BookPage. She is also the author of four books of fiction, including A Life in Men (Algonquin), which is currently under development by Charlize Theron’s production company, Denver & Delilah, and Every Kind of Wanting (Counterpoint), which was included on several “best of” lists for 2016, including Chicago Magazine’s and The Chicago Review of Books’. Now the Creative Nonfiction Editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books, Gina brings more than two decades of experience as an editor, having founded both the independent press Other Voices Books and the fiction section of the popular online literary community The Nervous Breakdown. She has also served as the Sunday editor for The Rumpus, and as the faculty editor for both TriQuarterly Online and The Coachella Review. Her short fiction, essays, book reviews, and journalism have been published in such venues as Salon, the LA Times, Ploughshares, the Boston Globe, BuzzFeed, Dame, and in many other magazines and anthologies, and she also has a column on the Psychology Today blog. She runs Circe Consulting, a full-service company for writers, with the writer Emily Rapp Black, and can be found at


Pam Houston

Pam Houston is the author of the memoir, Deep Creek: Finding Hope In The High Country, which won the 2019 Colorado Book Award, the High Plains Book Award and the Reading The West Advocacy Award and more recently, Air Mail: Letters of Politics Pandemics and Place coauthored with Amy Irvine.  She is also the author of Cowboys Are My Weakness, Contents May Have Shifted, and four other books of fiction and nonfiction, all published by W.W. Norton. She lives at 9,000 feet above sea level on a 120-acre homestead near the headwaters of the Rio Grande and teaches creative writing at UC Davis and at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is cofounder and creative director of the literary nonprofit Writing by Writers and fiction editor at the Environmental Arts Journal She raises Icelandic Sheep and Irish Wolfhounds and is a fierce advocate for the Earth. 


J. Drew Lanham

A native of Edgefield, South Carolina, J. Drew Lanham is the author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, which received the Reed Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Southern Book Prize, and was a finalist for the John Burroughs Medal. He is a birder, naturalist, and hunter-conservationist who has published essays and poetry in publications including Orion, Audubon, Flycatcher, and Wilderness, and in several anthologies, including The Colors of Nature, State of the Heart, Bartram’s Living Legacy, and Carolina Writers at Home. An Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Master Teacher at Clemson University, he and his family live in the Upstate of South Carolina, a soaring hawk’s downhill glide from the southern Appalachian escarpment that the Cherokee once called the Blue Wall.

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Workshop Schedule*


1:00 – 1:30 pm           Welcome & Orientation

1:30 – 3:30 pm           Workshop with Gina Frangello

4:30 – 6:30 pm           Small Group Sessions

6:30 – 7:00 pm           Contest Winner Readings


9:00 – 11:00 am        Workshop with J. Drew Lanham

2:00 – 4:00 pm          Small Group Sessions

5:00 – 6:00 pm          Faculty Readings

6:00 – 7:00 pm          Virtual Reception


9:00 – 11:00 am         Workshop with Pam Houston

2:00 – 4:00 pm           Small Group Sessions

4:00 – 4:30 pm           Wrap-up




Registration Details

GET THE LEAD OUT! is open to all levels of writer and is limited to approximately 20 participants per small group to ensure and intimate setting. All the session will be held over Zoom. The total cost of the workshop is $750. 

Cancellation Policy:  If you cancel by December 1, 2021, your tuition will be refunded minus a $150 cancellation fee. Refunds for cancellations made after December 1 are contingent upon filling your place and will be made only if your place is filled. In the unlikely event that we must cancel a workshop and you do not wish to transfer to another workshop, you will receive a full refund.