River City Scribes:
Creative Writing Workshops

Have you had your fill of analytical essays about other people's writing? Do you want to write your own stories and poems? Maybe you want to be the writer other students will be studying one day? Have ideas but need a supportive community of writers to push your pen to paper?

Join us for stimulating workshops that will help you develop a strong writing voice and increase your confidence in your talents. You will receive a set of contemporary poems for discussion, information about writing camps, contests, and public readings. We will focus on writing short prose and poetry.

No repeats! Each session will offer distinct writing prompts, methods, and exercises.

We are grateful to the St. John's United Methodist Church (1207 Peabody Ave.) for generously providing space for us. Please note: Though space has been provided by the church, we are not church-affiliated.

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2015 Summer Writing Camps


Our acclaimed week-long writing camp returns this summer!

Deadline: Registration materials are due by July 1.

Cost: $125.00 per week-long session; family discount: $100.00 per child. Special discount for St. John's members: $80.00 per week-long session. To enroll, please send a completed registration form with a check written in blue or black pen for the appropriate amount (payable to River City Scribes) to:

River City Scribes
c/o St. John’s United Methodist Church
1207 Peabody Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104

About the Instructor


Photo by Shannon Dixon

Mrs. Dobbins-Combs, founder of River City Scribes, hopes to be a literary activist her whole life and inspire you to be one, too. She sees writing as a way to challenge perceptions and foster community based on the earnest, hard, and often incomplete labor of translating feelings and thoughts onto the page. Oftentimes, the path to true expression is paved with images and figurative language—not 100% clear, but, perhaps complete clarity is too lofty a goal in human communication. Mrs. Dobbins-Combs holds a Master's of Fine Arts from Bennington Writing Seminars. Her first volume of poetry, In the Low Houses, has recently been published by Alabaster Leaves Press; signed copies are available from Burke's Books. Additional information and poems at heatherdobbins.com.

Contact Mrs. Dobbins-Combs