ASHEVILLE WORKSHOPS

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The following classes are held at 387 Beaucatcher Road in Asheville. Registration is in advance only by mailing check or money order to The Writers' Workshop, 387 Beaucatcher Rd., Asheville, NC 28805. Financial aid in exchange for volunteering is available. For more information please email writersw@gmail.com / 828-254-8111

Workshop registrations are refundable until a week before the workshop date.  We are unable to refund payments for special events such as retreats.

All classes meet Saturdays, 10-4pm at 387 Beaucatcher Rd., Asheville, NC, 28805, and cost $75 / $70 with membership, unless otherwise noted.  For printable directions, click here.

 

 

APRIL 8: GETTING PUBLISHED
with Jane Gari

Getting published in today's market can seem daunting. Whether you're considering the traditional route or self-publishing, you need to be market savvy and learn how to promote yourself. Students will learn how to create their own sphere of influence, or platform. The class will discuss how to pitch your work to literary agents; create a following and gain public visibility; define your target audience and design appropriate platform outlets; and network effectively.

Gari has been published in print and online in literary journals and blogs such as Writers Digest. Her works include a memoir, "Losing the Dollhouse", "The Idiot's Guide to the Healthy Gut Diet" (Penguin/Random House), and a novel, "Shakespeare's Daughters".

Meets Saturday, 10-4 pm.  $75/$70 members.

 

APRIL 29: CREATIVE NON-FICTION ARTICLES
with Charli Kerns

The class will learn tips on what makes a story, how to research for it, and how to edit the final copy for print. Students will also learn how to pitch their story to editors at newspapers and magazines, and address what they are looking for in a story.

Kerns is a writer and editor for outdoor, action sport, and lifestyle publications including Mountain Xpress, Smoky Mountain Living, and Canoe & Kayak magazine.

Meets Saturday, 10-4 pm. $75/$70.

 

MAY 13:  WRITING FANTASY FICTION
with Bobbie Pell

This class will explore aspects of fantasy books, and how to introduce folkloric motifs and supernatural elements where characters (mortal, magical, or animal) wander into exciting adventures. In-class exercises will focus on setting, imagery, and sensory details. A list of fantasy fiction publishers will be available, and participants may bring a synopsis or scene to work on or share with the class.

Pell has an MFA in Creative Writing. She is the author of "The Highland Heart" and "Just One Wish: Realms of Faerie," and has recorded two CDs of fantasy tales.

Meets Saturday, 10-4 pm. $75/$70 Workshop members.

 

JUNE 3:  WRITING THE NOVEL with KAREN ACKERSON


The class will learn the key aspects to any good novel – creating unforgettable characters, developing conflict, tension and honest dialogue, and describing a sense of place. Readings of award-winning literary novelists will serve as examples of fine writing. Editing techniques will also be taught, including eliminating unnecessary details, building tension, and fine-tuning dialogue and descriptions. Participants may bring a synopsis and five pages (double-spaced) to the class for review.

Ackerson is Senior Editor at the Renbourne Editorial Agency, and has edited hundreds of novels and memoirs. She has taught workshops throughout the Southeast for over 20 years.

Meets Saturday, 10-4 pm. $75/$70 Workshop members.

 

JUNE 10:  HOW TO SELF-PUBLISH, MARKET AND PROMOTE YOUR BOOK
with PEGGY DeKAY

Whether you are a published author or writing your first book, this class will give you a comprehensive guide to making money by self-publishing. The class will cover everything from creating a manuscript on your PC to selling your book on Amazon and in bookstores - the smart and profitable way. Tips will be given on how to use print-on-demand technology and CreateSpace to publish and sell your book.

 DeKay is the author of Self-Publishing for Virgins, and has taught seminars throughout the Southeast for 25 years.

Meets Saturday, 10-4 pm. $75/$70 members.

 

JUNE 24:  EXPLORING YOUR OPTIONS with RICHARD KRAWIEC


Often when a piece of writing isn't working, it's because we are trying to force the material into the wrong form.  How can you tell if that work of flash fiction you're wrestling with should really be a memoir?  Or the short story a novel?  Maybe that poem should be a lyric essay, or that essay a poem?  In this session we will generate material, then look at ways to identify what your material is trying to tell you, what form is best suited for what you have to work with, and what techniques you need to use for your particular piece.

Krawiec has published three novels; a short story collection; and numerous books of poetry and plays.  His work has appeared in Shenandoah, Sou-wester, Ampersand among many other literary magazines, and was featured in the 100 best list in Best American Short Stories.

Meets Saturday, 10-4 pm. $75/$70 Workshop members.

 

 JULY 15: POETRY and TENSION with ERIC NELSON


Conflict—or tension—is indispensable to successful poetry, providing the driving force of the poem as well as its depth and complexity. Writers of all levels will explore different kinds of poetic tension, from the most subtle, such as haiku, to the most obvious (such as epics) through reading and discussion of examples, and by creating tension in our own poems through prompts and exercises.

Nelson’s six books include the award winning collections Some Wonder (Gival Press Poetry Award), Terrestrials (Texas Review Poetry Award), and The Interpretation of Waking Life (University of Arkansas Poetry Award). He has taught poetry workshops at Georgia Southern University for 26 years.

Meets Saturday, 10-4 pm. $75/$70 Workshop members.

 

AUGUST 19:  WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION with ANNE BARNHILL

The class will learn vital aspects of writing historical fiction, including how to make historical figures 'come alive', how to use dialogue from another century, where to find research materials, and much more. We will be doing writing exercises geared to historical fiction, as well as taking a brief look at some historical novels to see how other writers work.

Barnhill is the award-winning author of numerous books, including At the Mercy of the Queen; Coal Baby; Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter; and What You Long For. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UNC-Wilmington, and teaches workshops throughout the state.

Meets Saturday, 10-4 pm. $75/$70 members.

 

TBA:  CREATING FICTIONAL CHARACTERS, DIALOGUE & SETTING
with Karen Ackerson

Fiction writers will learn how to create realistic dialogue, setting, and unforgettable characters with flaws, idiosyncrasies, and unique way of speaking. We will examine how a character's strengths and weaknesses form the backbone of any good story, and how to write a character sketch in class.

Ackerson teaches writing and editing courses throughout the southeast. As Senior Editor at The Renbourne Editorial Agency, she has edited over 500 novels and memoirs.

Meets Saturday, 10-4 pm. $75/$70 members.

 

TBA:  DISCOVERING POETRY THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY
with Katherine Soniat

In this class for writers of any level, participants are asked to bring both a personal photograph and a historic one that holds special interest. These two images will be a central focus for in-class poetry writing. We will examine exemplary poems, then free-write to develop your own poem to share with the class.

Soniat has taught in MFA Programs at Virginia Tech and Hollins University. Her collection, A Shared Life, won The Iowa Poetry Prize. She has been published in such journals as the Iowa Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Antioch Review, and The Nation.

Meets Saturday, 10-4 pm. $75/$70 members.

 

TBA:  WRITE YOUR LIFE
with Richard Krawiec

In this supportive writing-intensive class, participants will learn how to draw on the "material" of their lives to write and revise memoirs, stories, or plays. Elements covered include time compression and expansion, theme, recognizing your purpose, and developing your piece professionally.

Krawiec is the author of numerous books such as "Breakdown: A Father's Story", "Faith in What?", and "Time Sharing". His work is published in Shenandoah, Florida Review, and N.C. Literary Review, among others.

Meets Saturday, 10-4 pm. $75/$70.