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.

 

FEB. 4:  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.

 

FEB. 18:  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.

 

FEB. 25:  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.

 

MARCH 4: WRITING FOR MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS
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.

 

MARCH 25:  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.

 

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 promoting 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.