The following classes are held at The Writers' Workshop, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC 28805. Registration is in advance only by paying via PayPal (click buttons below) 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.
August 18: WRITING THE SUSPENSE NOVEL with Rona Simmons
In this interactive workshop, attendees will deepen their knowledge of writing in the suspense, mystery, and crime fiction genre. They will discuss critical elements and tips for overcoming suspense writing challenges. The class will analyze a popular suspense novel to compare and contrast their current or prospective work to the basic structure and key elements. Participants are encouraged to bring their own suspense story idea, outline, or first pages to share and discover ways to enhance their work. Simmons is the author of a contemporarysuspense novel, The Martyr’s Brother, and two works of historical fiction, The Quiet Room and Postcards from Wonderland. In 2017 she co-authored and published Images from World War II. She is a frequent speaker on writing, editing, and publishing. Her stories, articles, and interviews have been published in literary journals and online magazines, including The Adanna Literary Journal, Storychord, Deep South Magazine, Points North,andThe Persimmon Tree.
September 1st: POLISHING YOUR WORK for PUBLICATION with Julia Day
Advanced writers with a completed first draft will learn various techniques for polishing your work. In this workshop, participants will learn editing techniques such as adding depth to characters, building relationship arcs, using secondary characters to tighten plot, improving pace, and keeping character voices unique in dialogue. Participants may bring a synopsis and 3 pages (double-spaced) to the class for review. Day, who writes under the pen name ofElizabeth Langston, is the award-winning author of Whisper Falls (Bronze Medal); I Wish; andLeaving Eden.
September 15th: 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 Sept. 8 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.
September 29: FICTION WRITING WORKSHOP with Ron Aiken
Beginning or experienced writers will learn aspects of fiction writing, including story structure, plot-driven vs. character-driven fiction, characterization, setting, and dialogue. Students may bring 5 pages (double-spaced) and a synopsis to the class for review. Other tips include how to edit your own work and how to submit for publication. Aiken is president of the Atlanta Writers Club, and studied fiction writing at Gotham Writers in NY. He conducts classes throughout the south, and is the author of several novels including "Death Has Its Benefits".