Hattiesburg Arts Council invites K – 12th grade teachers to attend a professional development creative writing workshop, with MS Arts Commission accredited teaching artist, Richelle Putnam, on Monday January 4th, from 8am to 3pm at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center (723 N. Main St.). The cost is FREE to include lunch. Certificate of CEU credits (.7) are available for $10 per person. Contact hattiesburgartscouncil@gmail.com to register.

Writing the Way – Different Paths, Same Destination
Join Richelle Putnam on a journey down three different paths to story: Memoir, Songwriting and Playwriting. On these paths, you’ll hear and see stories, discuss them, and analyze them. You discover why “less is more” and how character and conflict make or break a story. Then, you’ll develop your own story from real events through memoir, song, and monologue.

Richelle Putnam is listed on the Mississippi Humanities Speaker Board.
She is the Special Features Director for Southern Writers Magazine, staff writer for Town and Gown Magazine and a contributor to Parents & Kids, Well-Being, and Portico Magazines. As a playwright, her plays have won awards and been produced on several community stages, as well as her soundtrack to the play Women of Potta Chitto. With diplomas from The Institute of Children’s Literature, Open College for the Arts Advanced Writing Program, and other accredited writing institutions, she teaches Creative Writing at Meridian Community College and through libraries, schools and online. Her writing awards include Writers Digest and Writers Journal. Her literary work has been published in Common Ties, The Copperfield Review, Birmingham Arts Journal and the bestselling series: A Cup of Comfort for Mothers and Daughters, A Cup of Comfort for Christmas Prayer, A Cup of Comfort, Twelve Days of Christmas and more and was also chosen for The Copperfield Review’s 10th Anniversary Celebration Anthology. History Press commissioned her to write Lauderdale County, Mississippi; a Brief History, released in November 2011. She co-authored Legendary Locals of Meridian, Mississippi (Arcadia Publishing) with June Davidson, released October 2013.