SLA presents a Creative Writing Workshop

How to be Constantly Inspired 
Join lecturer Wesley Fulkerson on Saturday, April 30th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Arts Building for Southern Lit Alliance’s new writing workshop, “How to be Constantly Inspired.” The cost of attendance is $15, and the group is limited to 12 participants. For more information and to register, go to

 In this workshop, students walk through the process of understanding how small ideas become big ones, and how to harness the constant flow of inspiration. This workshop is about encouraging students in their own creativity and providing them with tools that they can use any time they are feeling uninspired. Wesley’s instruction will include an exciting mixture of guided help, games, and exercises designed to get those creative juices flowing. Attendees will learn how our senses interact with the world around us and can influence creativity in different ways- students are taught to write from a smell, from a touch, from a picture, from a taste, from a sound, and even from a memory. Students will leave with a minimum of five book/play/screenplay ideas worth writing. It is the perfect class for someone who wants to get into writing but does not know where to start. “What if I run out of ideas?” is the deepest fear of many writers, but after this class, it does not have to be. This workshop is geared toward writers, but artists involved in many kinds of media have found it beneficial. 

About Wesley Fulkerson 
Wesley is a recent transplant to Chattanooga from Southern California. He is the author of ten books, including the Starfall Trilogy, Writing with Purpose, and For Whom the Sun Sings. He is an award-winning screenwriter (Save My Seoul, 2017 – Jubilee Media), the former head screenwriter for Arbella Studios, and currently freelances for several Los Angeles based production companies. He received a degree with honors in Marketing from USC’s prestigious Marshall School of Business (2012) and presents a powerful combination of creativity and pragmatism. Having started out as a self-publisher and later disseminating his work through traditional publishing, his is the epitome of the modern writer’s journey.  

Spark Creative Writing Workshops 
Spark is a recurring workshop for local young writers to hone their literary skills. Open to teens ages 13-18. Workshops will be held every Tuesday at 11 a.m. from May 31st-June 28th, 2022, at the Arts Building, located at 301 E. 11th Street, 37403. It is free to participants but is limited to 12 teens. This is a five-week course exploring the genres of poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction. Discover and hone a unique voice as participants write without worry about grades or exams. The process will be working on elements of craft, sharing work, editing work, and sharing it again. Come ready to chase the ideas that spark the imagination, and put words on the page that surprise, amuse, move, and inspire yourself and others. Workshops will be led by published author and UTC faculty, Kris Whorton. For more info and to register, visit  


About Kris Whorton  

Kris Whorton is an English Lecturer at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. where she teaches Creative Writing, Scientific Writing, and Literature.  A desire to be useful in her community brought her to Hamilton County Jail where she has been facilitating small groups in journaling, creative writing, reading poetry and discussing themes as part of Southern Lit Alliance’s program, Turn the Page. Her own fiction has appeared most recently in Scarlet Leaf Review, Eunoia Review, Askew Anthology, and Driftwood Press where she has also been a guest editor. Her poetry and creative nonfiction have been anthologized and have appeared as both weekly and feature pieces.  


About Southern Lit Alliance  

Southern Lit Alliance is a longstanding literary arts organization in Chattanooga, Tennessee, founded in 1952. Its mission is to utilize the incomparable power of literature to inspire, create, and uplift, delivering opportunities that encourage people to read and write. The organization engages audiences through innovative and interesting literary arts experiences and educational enrichment opportunities in local schools and underserved communities in Chattanooga. For more information about Southern Lit Alliance, please visit Southern Lit Alliance is funded by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission and Arts Build.  

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