The following classes are held at The Writers' Workshop, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC 28805. Registration is in advance only by paying via PayPal or credit card here, or 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 or call us. Workshop registrations are refundable up to a week before the workshop date. We are unable to make refunds for special events such as retreats. All classes meet Saturdays, 10-4 pm, and cost $75 / $70 with membership, unless otherwise noted.
October 27: Finding Your Inner Voice with Alexandra Leviton
This one-day workshop teaches all writers, beginning to advanced, how to get rid of the barriers that hold us back from writing. We'll use list making, improvisational writing, and in-class exercises to quiet our inner critics and find our voice. Bring a notebook, and your ideas for a story you want to write (or are working on).
Leviton has written for Lonely Planet Books, The Guardian, USA Today, Indy Week and others. She has been teaching, managing, and coaching writers since 2000. Register here!
November 10: Creative Non-Fiction Writing with Glenn Proctor
Being able to write about life's challenges and successes is cathartic, and for many, an opening to a new understanding of self, family and circumstances. Prior to the workshop, participants should write a short mission statement: what they want out of the class, the type of writing they are interested in, is there a book in their head, and have they ever written about themselves in detail. Please email by Nov. 1 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proctor teaches writing at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. He has taught journalism at Kent State, Washington & Lee and Northwestern, and shared the Pulitzer Prize at the Akron Beacon Journal. Register here!**This class was rescheduled from its original date of September 15th due to Hurricane Florence.
November 17: Writing Your Memoirs with Karen Ackerson
The class will learn how to turn personal and family experiences into a compelling memoir for family and friends, or for publication. In-class writing exercises will help to identify life-changing events, to be used as the backbone of a memoir. Discussion will include creating a sense of place, dialogue, and enhancing one's writing style. Students may bring up to five pages to the class for review.
Ackerson has taught memoir writing for over 25 years. As Senior Editor at The Renbourne Editorial Agency, she has edited over 500 novels and memoirs. Register here!
December 1st: Publishing Options with Richard Krawiec
The opportunities for writers to publish can be very confusing. Self-publishing, vanity press, co-operative publishing, traditional publishing - what are the options and choices? And how will the choice you make affect your own writing career? In this workshop we'll look at the various publishing models, their pros and cons, and determine which ones would suit the needs of each student in the class.
Krawiec has been involved in the publishing scene since the 1970s. He is founder of Jacar Press, which was named one of the year's best by review journals in Canada and the U.S. His own work appears in the U.S. and abroad. Register here!