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In the summer of 2020, I received a Presidential Award to help with researching and writing my next novel, When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears. An important part of the research was learning about the relationships between the Cherokee and the Moravians in north Georgia at the turn of the 19th century. At first, I wanted to write journals true to the spirit, but not the facts, of the Moravian journals. Then, however, I decided that since we have the Moravian side of the story already, trying to tell, through creative dramatization, the Cherokee side would be much more interesting, especially given the ways the Moravians left an indelible mark on the Cherokee, though they largely failed as missionaries. This video presentation briefly discusses my process and gives an example of the creative process at work.


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19 Jul 2022
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  • Subject
    • English

  • Department
    • English, Arts and Letters

  • Institution
    • Blue Ridge

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

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    • Author Biography:

      Phillip E. Mitchell is Assistant Professor of English at the University of North Georgia. He is currently working on a historical fiction project on the Moravians among the Cherokee in conjunction with a new novel, When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears. He has been published in New Writing, Litro, and Toasted Cheese, among other journals. His academic work has been published by Taylor and Francis, Routledge and McFarland. He received a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He lives in Cleveland, TN.

      Title of Award Granted:

      Summer Presidential Incentive Award

      Name of Institution that Granted the Award:

      University of North Georgia