The Writers' Workshop is offering these online classes for beginning and experienced writers via GoogleMeet.
Each class meets on Saturdays, 9:30-3:30 pm (with morning & afternoon 15 min. breaks, and 30 mins. lunch break). Registration is in advance only (see below for NEW registration info). Classes have been reduced to $70, or $65 Workshop members. Financial assistance is available for low-income writers in exchange for volunteering, in person or online.
NEW REGISTRATION INFO: To register, just click on the "DONATE NOW!" button after each class, and then email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and class title. Ignore old registration info at the bottom of the page.
August 29: FICTION WORKSHOP with Karen Ackerson The class will learn the essentials of a good story or novel. Character and conflict are key elements that will be discussed, including 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 fiction writing for over 25 years. As Senior Editor at The Renbourne Editorial Agency, she has edited over 500 novels and memoirs. To register, click here: Donate Now!
Sept. 12: POETRY WORKSHOP with Jan Harrington Our early memories and family relationships can be lifting-off points for complex, many-layered poems. We'll look closely at poems from well-known poets and consider voice, form, points of view, image, metaphor, and irony. Through writing exercises, you'll generate ideas for your own poems and strategies for developing them. Harrington's book of poems, Waiting for the Hurricane, won the '17 N.C. Poetry Society award. Her poems have appeared in anthologies including Kent State University Press, New Southerner Anthology, and The Homestead Review. To register, click here: Donate Now!
Sept. 26: INTRO TO SCREENWRITING with Nathan Ross Freeman The class will learn all aspects of writing the screenplay, including formatting, characterization, sequence structures, and how to adapt any genre to a screenplay. Freeman’s credits include the feature films Gem and Mr. Bones, the official selection of major film festivals; Hannah Elias; and Authoring Action, awarded 2010 Best Documentary in the U.K. He has taught at UNC-C and Salem College. To register, click here:Donate Now!
Oct. 10: WRITING YOUR MEMOIRS with Richard Krawiec In this supportive writing-intensive class, participants will learn how to draw on the "material" of their lives to write and revise memoirs, stories, or plays. Elements covered include time compression and expansion, theme, recognizing your purpose, and developing your piece professionally. Previous students will learn new material. Krawiec is the founder of Jacar Press, and the author of numerous books such as "Breakdown: A Father's Story", "Faith in What?" and "Time Sharing". His work is published in numerous journals including Shenandoah, Florida Review, and N.C. Literary Review. To register, click here: Donate Now!
Nov. 7: CREATIVE NONFICTION WORKSHOP 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 you want out of the class, and the type of writing you’re interested in. Please email by Oct. 15 to email@example.com. 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. To register, click here:Donate Now!
Nov. 14: SELF-EDITING WORKSHOP with Karen Ackerson Writers of fiction and creative non-fiction books and stories will learn how to revise and polish 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 five pages (double-spaced) to the class for discussion. Ackerson is Senior Editor at The Renbourne Editorial Agency (www.renbourne.com), and has edited hundreds of novels, memoirs and creative non-fiction stories.To register, click here: Donate Now! AND DON’T FORGET OUR ONLINE OR IN-PERSON PRIVATE TUTORIALS AT A CONVENIENT DATE AND TIME FOR YOU! JUST EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org FOR DETAILS.
August 28: BACKYARD WRITERS' GROUP - LIVE AND/OR ONLINE!!
Members who are interested in monthly meetings (social, literary or critique) are invited to our writers' group & potluck which meets on the last Friday of each month, 6-8:00 pm, at 387 Beaucatcher Rd, Asheville (and also online!). The group limit (in person) is 8-10. We'll be outside, distanced, masked, etc. Please bring a dish to share (think Southern summer eve picnic), Members' guests, as well as prospective members, are welcome. There is no charge. You are also welcome to read some of your writing (5 pp or 3 poems) to share with the group for critique. It should be revised and edited. Please email your work ahead of time to email@example.com. Please RSVP at least 48 hrs. in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 828-254-8111.
OCT. 8-11: WRITERS' RETREAT AT FOLLY ISLAND, SC
Our annual retreat will be held in person (limit: 6 participants) and also online. Open to intermediate or experienced writers who want to get away from it all to write and review each other's work. The all-inclusive cost (except meals) is $485 for a private room in a spacious house. We'll meet outside on a large screened porch, twice a day. To take this class online, the cost is $295. Please email email@example.com for more information, To register, click here:Donate Now!