The Art of the Hybrid: Using Creative Forms to Shape Essays and Memoirs

*THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT! HOPE TO SEE YOU NEXT TIME!! Join host Ryder Ziebarth with very special guest essayist and author Randon Billings Noble, for this fall 2019 Cedar Ridge Writers day-long creative nonfiction workshop on Saturday, September 21st, 10:30 am-4pm on “Cedar Ridge Farm,” a rambling 18th century, thirty-acre hay farm in lovely Bedminster, New Jersey, in the heart of Somerset County. 

The workshop: We’ll start your full day by exploring new ways
of shaping your work by discussing a variety of short essays written in different forms, then develop fresh options for telling your story as you generate work through prompts.
You’ll have the option of sharing your work with your peers and workshop leaders, or working quietly at various times in the day in one of five cozy rooms in the house, in the four- room cottage, the writing shack, or any of the many outdoor spaces on the property.

Biography for Randon Billings Noble:

Randon is an essayist. Her collection Be with Me Always was published by the University of Nebraska Press in March 2019, and her lyric essay chapbook Devotional was published by Red Bird in 2017. Other work has appeared in the Modern Love column of The New York Times, The Rumpus, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, and elsewhere. She has taught at American University; led writing workshops at Politics and Prose, the Writer’s Center, and the Washington National Cathedral; and has presented at conferences like HippoCamp, NonfictioNOW, and AWP. Currently she is the founding editor of After the ArtYou can read more at

SOLD OUT!! WORKSHOP COST: $135.00 (see PayPal button, below) Please register: no later than September 7th (with no refunds after that date.)

SIGN UP: for personal feedback from Randon on ten pages of work submitted prior to September 7th and returned day of the event. Please email Randon for further instructions at



DAY OF DETAILS: Fresh fruit, granola bars, drinks (coffee, tea, iced lemon/mint water and Pelligrino) and lunch( details provided in the welcome letter) are included.Please bring a fully charged laptop, or pen and paper, and wear comfortable clothes for the country. Randon will be bringing her new book, Be With Me Always: Essays, for sale and for signing. Cash or check is appreciated.

DIRECTIONS:The Farm is accessible by New Jersey Transit from New York City’s Penn Station ( busses and trains) Newark Penn station, and Amtrak, from Philadelphia, Washington,D.C., and Boston.  Train and bus schedules are available on-line. The NJT stops are Summit, Morristown, Bernardsville, and Far Hills( furthest to closest.) An Uber is always available from Summit,  Morristown or Bernardsville to bring you to the farm at 660 Cedar Ridge Road in Bedminster. The trip by train to Far Hills is about an hour and 20 minutes from Penn Station, New York, and I can pick you up there: it’s 5 minutes from the farm; to  Summit, it’s about 35 minutes from New York, with a 20 minute Uber ride to the farm;  to Morristown, it’s about 45 minutes, with a 15 minute Uber ride to the farm; and I am  about 30 minutes due East from Metropark-Amtrak, in Iselin, NJ;  and 35 minutes due West from Newark Airport.
By car, please request directions.

IN ADDITION: There is a charming, two-bedroom cottage available on the farm, with a full/queen bed in each room( central air and heat)  one and a half bath available for Friday and Saturday nights. The rate if $125.00 per night and a light breakfast and snacks are included. First come, first serve! (please pay with cash or check, night of your stay)


The Art of the Hybrid


If you have ANY questions: please don’t hesitate to call me at 908-229-3580, or email me at I look so forward to writing with you on the first day of fall, 2019.