NACC Hosts Writers’ Workshop this November

Northeast Alabama Community College’s English Department and Sigma Kappa Delta are sponsoring a Writers’ Workshop, featuring award-winning authors David Arnold and Jeff Zentner. The workshop will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2023, on the NACC campus in the Health Education Building, Room 106. Arnold and Zentner will focus on “Writing by Ear,” a workshop about the soul of writing—the author’s voice. They will examine the ways in which voice shapes dialogue and poetry. Both former musicians, now published authors, mostly write the way they once played instruments—by ear. Do not miss out on this unique opportunity.

David Arnold is the New York Times bestselling author of Mosquitoland, I Loved You in Another Life, The Electric Kingdom, Kids of Appetite, and The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik. He has won the Southern Book Prize and the Great Lakes Book Award and was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start for his debut. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his wife and son. Previous job experience: freelance musician, preschool teacher, barista, and stay-at-home dad. Favorite places: bookstores, record stores, Middle-earth, remote cabins in winter landscapes, Stars Hollow, and his house.

Jeff Zentner is the author of New York Times Notable Books The Serpent King and In the Wild Light, as well as Goodbye Days, Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee, and his forthcoming debut for the adult market, Colton Gentry’s Third Act. Among other honors, he has won the ALA’s William C. Morris Award, the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award twice, the Muriel Becker Award, the International Literacy Association Award, and been longlisted twice for the Carnegie Medal. He’s a two-time Southern Book Prize finalist and was a finalist for the Indies Choice Award. He was selected as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start and an Indies Introduce pick. His books have been translated into fifteen languages. Before becoming a writer, he was a musician who recorded with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, and Debbie Harry. He lives in Nashville and became interested in writing for young adults after volunteering at the Tennessee Teen Rock Camp and Southern Girls Rock Camp. As a kid, his parents would take him to the library and drop him off, where he would read until closing time. He worked at various bookstores through high school and college and speaks fluent Portuguese, having lived in the Amazon region of Brazil for two years.

Please register for the event by Friday, October 20. You may either email Ms. Reeves at or call the college at 256-638-4418 X2231. We are asking participants to register, so we will know how many to expect since we will be providing lunch for this event.

Copies of the authors’ novels will be available for purchase on the day of the workshop, and the event will follow with a book signing. Anyone having questions about the event may contact Joan Reeves at the email or phone number listed above.To learn more about Northeast Alabama Community College, visit or download the OneACCS app in the Apple Store or Google Play Store. Follow NACC on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn to keep up with the latest announcements, current events, and more.

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