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.
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Fiction Workshop with Mildred Barya - February 10
Participants will learn new techniques for writing fiction, focusing on the craft of the narrative structure. Discussion will include characterization, point of view, setting, plot, and dialogue. Imagery, irony and other aspects of the craft will also be explored. Students will engage in writing exercises, and may bring 3 pages and/or a synopsis to the class.
Barya teaches Creative Writing and Literature at UNC-Asheville. Her stories and poems have been published in anthologies and journals such as Tin House, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Quarterly, Per Contra and Northeast Review. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Denver.
Writing Non-Fiction Articles with Charli Kerns - February 24
The class will learn tips on what makes a story, how to research for it, and how to edit the final copy for print. Participants will also learn how to pitch their story to editors at newspapers and magazines, and address what they are looking for in a story. Kerns is a writer and editor for outdoor and lifestyle publications including Mountain Xpress, Smoky Mountain Living, and Canoe & Kayak magazine.
Revising Your Work for Publication with Karen Ackerson - March 10
Writers of fiction and non-fiction 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 over 220 stories, books and essays.
Writing Your Memoirs with Anne Barnhill - April 14
Participants will discuss what a memoir is, how it might be shaped and how to get started. Excerpts from several published memoirs will be discussed, and writing exercises will be given to jog the memory and expand that memory into an episode or chapter. Barnhill is the author of What You Long For and At Home in the Land of Oz: Autism, My Sister and Me. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from UNC-Wilmington and teaches workshops throughout the state.
Publishing Options with Richard Krawiec - TBA
The opportunities for writers to publish can be very confusing. Self-publishing, vanity press, co-operative publishing, traditional publishing - what are the options and choices? And how will the choice you make affect your own writing career? In this workshop we'll look at the various publishing models, their pros and cons, and determine which ones would suit the needs of each student in the class. Krawiec has been involved in the publishing scene since the 1970s. He is founder of Jacar Press, which has published established writers such as Kathryn Stripling Byer and Dorianne Laux, as well as first timers. Jacar's anthology, Resisting Arrest Poems to Stretch the Sky was named one of the year’s best by review journals in Canada and the U.S. His own work appears in the U.S., Europe and South America.