Spotlight: Ginnah Howard


Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers is excited to again welcome Ginnah Howard as a Participating Writers for Festival 2018. Author and educator, Ginnah Howard is a Catskills-based writer whose fiction includes characters who are frustratingly flawed and maddeningly familiar, as well as beautiful. They are people who sometimes become as invisible against the awe-inspiring mountain vistas of New York State as they often are in ultra-urban New York City or in the halls of politics in Albany.

Ginnah Howard‘s most recent non-fiction work is I’m Sick Of This Already: At-Risk Learning in A High School Class, a searing and sensitive account of a year in a special needs classroom in upstate New York.

Night Navigation   Doing Time Outside   Rope & Bone

In her three novels Night NavigationDoing Time Outside and Rope and Bone, Ginnah Howard has peopled a gritty Catskills landscape. She neither falls into the trap of romanticizing rural, small-town culture nor ridiculing it or demonizing small town people. Though her characters are seriously ill and deeply troubled, Howard does not harp on pathology.

Night Navigation. . . is so smooth a telling of a rough ride that you’d think it was the author’s fourth, fifth or sixth book, not her first. . . even greater is the fact that she was able to take us with her. “— The Washington Times Book Review, May 5, 2009

51e8Pr2-o8L._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_   Ginnah Howard’s fiction is included also in Stories and Sketches from a Small Village, an anthology of short stories by eighteen writers and artists from the rural foothills of Upstate New York. whose work, including short fiction, sketches, memoirs, and verse, illumines the homespun vagaries of the human psyche and the timeless voices and images of the American experience.


For Festival 2018, Ginnah Howard will offer the workshop, Revision: Re-seeing & Re-writing, a workshop that will give attendees a new opportunity at Hobart Festival of Women Writers to have their work critiqued by an experienced professional in a two-hour workshop via attachment using MSWord balloons, prior to the Festival. Attendees will be required to complete a manuscript of no more than 20 pages. THIS MATERIAL WILL BE SUBMITTED AND RETURNED PRIOR TO THE FESTIVAL. During the workshop, each participant will have an opportunity to read a few pages of their story or memoir and talk about the revision process. CLASS SIZE WILL BE LIMITED.

Registration opens May 1 at

Don’t hesitate if you want to take this important step.

Tune In to a 2016 Festival podcast interview with Ginnah Howard, hosted by co-organizer, Breena Clarke
Four O’Clock Flowers speaks to Ginnah Howard Ginnah discusses her non-fiction work, I’m Sick Of This Already: At-Risk Learning in A High School Class.
for more information about  Ginnah Howard
For information about Festival of Women Writers 2018
For Spotlights of all of the 2018 Participating Writers go to
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