Autumn 2016

"God bless The Writers' Workshop!" - Kurt Vonnegut


Congratulations to our contest winners!


2016 Fundraiser

Our goal is to raise $45,000 this year to continue our award-winning programs in NC, SC, NY and IN; to offer free writing classes to young people in Western North Carolina at area libraries; and to give workshop scholarships to low-income writers.

Only your tax-deductible donation will make these worthy goals possible! A $20 donation will establish you as a Friend of the Arts, and help us towards our fundraising goal. A donation of $75 or more includes a year’s membership, which entitles you to discounts on all workshops and contests.

Click here to donate or to join The Writers’ Workshop. As always, any amount would be greatly appreciated!


The Renbourne Editorial Agency provides expert assistance with revising and editing your work - memoirs, fiction or creative non-fiction. We use a fine-tooth comb to ready your work for publication, in person or online. We also have writing coaches available to help organize and ready your work for publication, in person or online. In addition, personal tutorials and writing classes are also available. Please contact us at, or call 828-254-8111 to discuss our services in further detail.

The Renbourne Editorial Agency is a division of The Writers' Workshop of Asheville, NC, a literary center founded in 1985.



 Workshop members and guests are invited to these events free of charge.
They are held at 387 Beaucatcher Rd., Asheville Please RSVP at least 48 hours in advance: - or call 828-254-8111.


A monthly potluck is held on the last Friday of the month, from 6-8 pm. at The Writers’ Workshop, 387 Beaucatcher Road, in Asheville. Members and guests are invited – please bring a dish to share, a poem or short story to read, and your books for sale!

Please RSVP in advance: / 828-254-8111.



Join us for our bi-annual Writers’ Retreat at Folly Beach, near Charleston, SC - an ideal place to relax, write and review each other’s work. Participants will engage in a total of 6 sessions, led by Workshop instructors. Carpooling from Asheville is available. The all-inclusive rate (except for meals) is $495 for a private room, or $450 shared. The commuter rate is $55 per day. 

To register, please contact, or call 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.



Friday, December 23, 2016
5:00pm - 8:00pm

Meet the other workshop members, instructors, and contest winners who will read their winning works. Members are invited to participate in open readings and bring books for sale. Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Please RSVP by Dec. 20. To register, please contact, or call (828) 254-8111.




Volunteers and interns needed! We need your help with updating our website, publicity, and fundraising in exchange for free classes. Please email - or call 828-254-8111.

Need expert help writing your memoirs or  revising and polishing your manuscript? Our editors at the Renbourne Editorial Agency are available to meet your needs – in person, or online. For details, email - or call 828-254-8111.




"The Writers' Workshop is a community treasure that deserves to be nurtured and supported"
-   E.L. Doctorow, author of The MarchRagtime, et al.

"I was honored to join Reynolds Price in Asheville to give a benefit reading for The Writers' Workshop." - Eudora Welty


Award-winning writers have supported our programs by giving benefit readings in Asheville, including Eudora Welty (broadcast on N.P.R.'s "All Things Considered"), John Le Carre (featured in The Washington Post), Peter Matthiessen, Kurt Vonnegut, E.L. Doctorow, Sue Monk Kidd, Gail Godwin, Reynolds Price, Pat Conroy, Alex Haley, Don De Lillo  - and many others.   

If you wish to purchase a DVD of these authors’ readings; a Kurt Vonnegut T-shirt; a membership renewal (see renewal date on your address label); or wish to add your name to our stellar contributors’ list, please click here.




Please click here for the Kurt Vonnegut commemorative web page.

See more photos of Kurt at our Photo Archive.

Volunteers and interns needed!
Take free classes in exchange for volunteer hours at our office (or in your home). Please call 828-254-8111, or email


Extras (check for rates):

•  Home-cooked meals and laundry service.

•  Computer nook with wireless internet, fax & phone.

•  Editing/typing services.

•  Personal driver.

For reservations, please call 828-254-8111 or email:


The Mountain Muse

If you're planning to visit Asheville, come and stay at our own Mountain Muse Bed & Breakfast, located at 387 Beaucatcher Road. Catering to literary and artistic minded folks, this century-old farmhouse is the ideal place to relax and rediscover your muse. A peaceful place with 3 bedrooms, two porches and gardens, we're only minutes away from downtown Asheville, The Biltmore Estate, the Folk Art Center, and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Rates are $85 (single) per night ($125 double), two night minimum. Weekly rates are $475.

Email to make your reservation!




The Writers' Workshop is a non-profit literary center established in 1985.

The Writers’ Workshop
387 Beaucatcher Road
Asheville, NC 28805
(828) 254-8111

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