The Writers' Workshop is offering online classes for beginning and experienced writers. Each class meets online on Saturdays, 10-3:30 pm, with a lunch break. Financial assistance is available for low-income writers in exchange for volunteering. Register for any of the workshops below by clicking here. APRIL 17: FINDING YOUR POETIC VOICE with Bruce Spang
Poets Tony Hoagland and Mary Oliver had a unique take on the world - one a keen observer of the social foibles and absurdities of our times, the other a powerful observer of the natural world. The class will examine their poems and strategies for seeing the world with new eyes, and learn how to develop one’s own unique voice through in-class writing. Spang is the former Poet Laureate of Portland, ME. He has published numerous books of poetry including All You’ll Derive: A Caregiver’s Journey; To the Promised Land Grocery; and Boy at the Screen Door. Meets Saturday, 10-3:30 pm. $80/ $75 members. Register by clicking here!
MAY 1: WRITING YOUR MEMOIRS with Karen Ackerson Participants 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. Ackerson, a biographer and Senior Editor at The Renbourne Editorial Agency, has taught workshops throughout the Southeast for over twenty years. She is writing her own memoirs about her world-wide adventures; and interviews with award-winning writers such as Vonnegut, le Carre, Welty, Matthiessen et al. Meets Saturday, 10-3:30 pm. $80/75 members. Register by clicking here!
MAY 15: WRITING FROM THE TOP OF YOUR HEAD with Nina Hart Writers will learn innovative ways to generate fresh material, avoid writer’s block, and tap into their creative side. The class will be guided towards accessing the inner voice through KaizenMuse Creativity methods, evocative “timed writes”, and lively class readings and discussions. Hart is a writer and creativity coach trained in the Kaizen Muse method. She is also certified by the Gateless Method – “a method of teaching the art and craft of writing using creative brain science, allowing writers to access the creative genius inside”. Her first collection of short stories, Somewhere in a Town You Never Knew Existed, was a finalist in Foreword Review Book of the Year Award. Meets Saturday, 10-3:30 pm. $80/75 members. Register by clicking here! MAY 29: SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP 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; and Authoring Action, awarded 2010 Best Documentary in the U.K. He has taught at UNC-C and Salem College. Meets Saturday, 10-3:30 pm. $80/75 members. Register by clicking here! JUNE 12: FICTION WRITING & REVISING with Karen Ackerson Writers of novels and short stories will learn about character development and conflict, dialogue and setting, and how to revise your work 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 (renbourne.com), and has edited hundreds of novels, memoirs and creative non-fiction stories. Meets Saturday, 10-3:30 pm. $80/75 members. Register by clicking here!
POETRY CONTEST DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 15 Guidelines & awards are at our Contest Page * * * * * * * * * WE OFFERONLINE OR IN-PERSON PRIVATE TUTORIALS AT A CONVENIENT DATE AND TIME FOR YOU! JUST EMAIL email@example.com FOR DETAILS.
MONTHLY WRITERS' GROUP
Members who are interested in monthly meetings (social, literary or critique) are invited to our online writers' group & potluck which meets on the last Friday of each month, 5-7 pm, at 387 Beaucatcher Rd, Asheville (and also online!).
Members' guests, as well as prospective members, are welcome. There is no charge. Members are also welcome to read their 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Pl Please RSVP at least 48 hrs. in advance by emailing email@example.com, or calling 828-254-8111.
OCTOBER 7-10, '21: WRITERS' RETREAT AT FOLLY ISLAND, SC
Our annual retreat will be held in person (limit: 6 participants in-person), and also online (limit: 6 participants). Open to intermediate or experienced writers who want to get away from it all to write and review each other's work. We'll meet outside on a large porch twice a day, for two hours each time. The all-inclusive cost (except meals) is $495 for a private room in a spacious house. A shared room is $350 per person. To attend classes online, the cost is only $295. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or to register.
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PLEASE NOTE: ALL classes will be meeting online for the foreseeable future.