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 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 and cost $75 / $70 with membership, unless otherwise noted.
May 5: How to Revise Your Work for Publication with Karen Ackerson
Writers of fiction and non-fiction books and stories will learn how to edit and revise their works before submitting to an agent or publisher. Techniques will be taught on how to grab the reader's interest by eliminating unnecessary details, building tension, and fine-tuning dialogue and descriptions. Participants may bring ten pages (double-spaced) to the class for discussion. Ackerson is Senior Editor at The Renbourne Editorial Agency, and has edited hundreds of novels and memoirs.
May 19: All About Publishing Fiction with Bobby Nash
This workshop will explore the various paths to publication, including self-publishing, traditional publishing, small presses, Ebooks and hybrids. We will also discuss how to approach each type of publisher, the query letter, and the synopsis. This class will be primarily discussion-based, with Q&A from the participants. Nash is an award-winning author of novels, novellas and short stories. He has taught all over the southeast, and was named 2013 Pulp Ark Awards’ Best Author. His novel, Alexandra Holzer's Ghost Gal: The Wild Huntwon the 2015 Paranormal Literary Award. Bobby won a 2018 Pulp Factory Award for Best Short Story for “Takedown” from The Ruby Files Vol. 2.
June 9: Writing the Novel with Brenda McClain
This class, for any level writer, will focus on techniques of crafting the novel – characterization, dialogue, plot, and sense of place. Publication information will also be given, and students may bring up to 3 pages for in-class review. Participants will discuss award-winning novels and engage in writing exercises. McClain (www.brenmcclain.com)has won several honors, including the S.C. Art Commission’s Fellowship. Her highly acclaimed novel, One Good Mama Bone, was published by Pat Conroy’s Story River Books. She is at work on her current novel, Took, which received the gold medal for the 2016 William Faulkner –William Wisdom Novel-in-Progress.
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