SUMMER - FALL 2020 WORKSHOPS ONLINE! (Scroll down for writers meetings and retreat!!)
The Writers' Workshop is offering these online classes for beginning and experienced writers.
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. 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.
To register, please go to the Registrationpage, or simply click on "Register" in Workshop descriptions. 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. [ REGISTER ]
Sept. 12: POETRY WORKSHOP with Jan Harrington Learn how to transform the events of your life into successful poems that resonate with readers. By examining the work of well-known poets, we’ll explore craft and creative choices that help us open up our personal narratives to connect with readers’ own experiences. Through prompts and exercises, you’ll generate drafts of poems and strategies for developing them. Harrington’s book, Waiting for the Hurricane, won the 2017 Lena Shull Award given by the N.C. Poetry Society. Her poems appear in journals and anthologies including Tar River Poetry; North Carolina Literary Review; and Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease. [ REGISTER ]
Sept. 25: WRITERS' GROUP & POTLUCK (live and also online!) (More info below under Events) Oct. 8-11: WRITERS' RETREAT at FOLLY ISLAND, SC (More info below under Events)
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. [ REGISTER ]
Oct. 24: AN AGENT’S TIPS ON GETTING PUBLISHED with ANDREA HURST Whether you are interested in pursuing the traditional route or self-publishing, this workshop will cover the most effective steps to assure your chances for success. Both novel writers and full length nonfiction projects will be discussed, including the process of querying agents and publishers, book proposals, and other opportunities for breakout and previously published authors. With over 25 years’ experience in book publishing, Hurst works with authors to polish their book and obtain publication, and selectively represents high profile adult nonfiction and well-crafted fiction. She is the bestselling Amazon author of The Guestbook; an instructor for MFA creative writing programs; and a webinar presenter for Writers’ Digest. [ REGISTER ]
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. [ REGISTER ]
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. [ REGISTER ]
* * * * * * * * * WE OFFERONLINE 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 and drinks to share for our 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.
SEPT.25: BACKYARD WRITERS' GROUP - LIVE AND/OR ONLINE!! (see above for details)
OCT. 8-11: WRITERS' RETREAT AT FOLLY ISLAND, SC
Our annual retreat will be held in person (limit: 6 participants in-person), and also online. (limit: 8 participants). 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:REGISTER