WINTER WORKSHOPS Our one-day intensive workshops meet on Saturdays, 10-4 pm, at 387 Beaucatcher Rd., Asheville. Registration is in advance only, at www.twwoa.org. Financial assistance is available for low-income writers in exchange for volunteering. For more info, email email@example.com, or call 828-254-8111.
Jan. 18: THE NEW "MUSTS" of SELF-PUBLISHING with Gayle Trent
Self-publishing is ever evolving, but the process—and its reception by readers—has recently undergone some radical changes. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to take an honest look at your goals, what steps are involved in creating your book and your brand, and the process of finding your audience. Trent is the author of numerous works, both traditional and self-published. Her latest publication is Designs on Murder, with Berkley Publishers. Her self-published book, Killer Wedding Cake, won the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Award. Meets Saturday, 10-4 pm. $75, or $70 Workshop members.
Feb. 1: WRITE YOUR LIFE 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. Richard 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 Shenandoah, Florida Review, and N.C. Literary Review, among many others. Meets Saturday, 10-4 pm. $75, or $70 Workshop members.
Feb. 22: HOW TO WRITE A GREAT STORY with Samantha Shad
A well written, effective story has a particular shape, rhythm, and set of elements. Bring a story you are working on, or join us in finding new ones. We’ll work on the development of these stories and apply knowledge of character, conflict, and structure to increase the impact of the writing. Through in-class writing, we’ll consider ways to increase the reader’s engagement with your story. Shad is the author of the upcoming The Write To Happiness. She has taught story and structure at UCLA, Duke University, and the American Film Institute. Meets Saturday, 10-4 pm. $75, or $70 Workshop members. March 7: REVISING 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 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, 10-4 pm. $75, or $70 Workshop members.
March 21: MEMORY & MYTH: A PRIMAL SOURCE for POEMS 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. Meets Saturday, 10-4 pm. $75, or $70 Workshop members.
April 4: 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 12 National and International Film Festivals; and the feature documentary, Authoring Action, awarded 2010 Best Documentary in the U.K. He has taught at UNC-C and Salem College, and is a member of the NC Humanities Speakers Bureau. Meets Saturday, 10-4 pm. $75, or $70 Workshop members.
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Monthly Potluck & Writer's Group
Members who are interested in monthly meetings (social, literary or critique) are invited to a potluck on the last Friday of each month, 6-8:30 pm, at The Writers' Workshop. Members' guests, as well as prospective members, are welcome. The potlucks are free, but please bring a covered dish to share. You are also welcome to bring a piece of writing you have been working on to share with the group for critique. Please RSVP at least 24 hrs. in advance.