Karen Ackerson has a long and distinguished career as writer, teacher, and editor. She founded The Writers’ Workshop in 1985, and became Senior Editor of the Renbourne Literary Agency in 1994.

As Executive Director of The Writers’ Workshop, Ackerson has been responsible for bringing to Asheville writers such as Kurt Vonnegut, Reynolds Price, Eudora Welty, E.L. Doctorow, Alex Haley, Peter Matthiessen, and John le Carre, among many others. She has overseen the implementation of numerous reading and writing programs for children and adults, at-risk youth, contests and retreats, and readings and autograph sessions with renowned authors.

As founder and Senior Editor of the Renbourne Literary Agency, Ackerson has edited numerous novels, short stories, and articles. She also teaches workshops in Memoirs, Fiction, Editing, and Grant Writing.

Karen Ackerson can be reached at The Writers’ Workshop by phone at 828-254-8111, or by email at writersw@gmail.com.