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 up to a week before the workshop date. We are unable to make refunds for special events such as retreats. All classes meet Saturdays, 10-4 pm, and cost $75 / $70 with membership, unless otherwise noted.
June 23: BUILDING YOUR ONLINE PLATFORM with Alison Law
For writers who are nearing publication, this class is a must. A solid online presence and an understanding of the market is crucial to getting your book in the hands of as many readers as possible. Participants will learn the steps you need to take - and when you need to take them - to build your online author platform. Bring paper and pen to the class rather than laptops. Law is a professional writer, publicist, and marketing and media consultant based in Atlanta, GA. She has worked for many years with authors and book publicity firms, and is a board member of the Decatur Writers Studio and the Georgia Center for the Book.
July 7: WRITING THE YOUNG ADULT NOVEL with Constance Renfrow
The class will learn how to shape plot, character and dialogue for the Young Adult novel (or Gothic fiction). Other tips include how to write an intriguing first chapter, writing in a teen voice, creating dramatic irony, submitting your work for publication, and creating an online presence via YA Twitter and Goodreads reviews. Participants may bring up to 3 pages and a synopsis to the class for review. Renfrow’s stories have appeared in Mud Season Review, Denim Skin, Portland Book Review and Cabildo Quarterly, among others. Her first book, Songs of My Selfie, an anthology of millennial fiction, was a 2016 IndieFAB finalist. She is pursuing her MFA in fiction from Pacific University.
July 21: POEMS OF ANGER AND JOY with Ephraim Sommers
This class is for writers of all ages and experience levels. Participants will discuss poems written in two opposing emotional modes – anger and joy - and how to sharpen those emotions into a fine point. Then we will apply these strategies in the writing of our own invective poems. Sommers’ first book of poems, The Night We Set the Fire, was awarded the 2016 Patricia Bibby First Book Award. He has been featured on NPR, and has been published in Beloit Poetry Journal, Cream City Review, Minnesota Review, and Prairie Schooner, among others. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Winthrop University.
August 4: FICTION WRITING WORKSHOP with Ron Aiken
Beginning or experienced writers will learn aspects of fiction writing, including story structure, plot-driven vs. character-driven fiction, characterization, setting, and dialogue. Students may bring 5 pages (double-spaced) and a synopsis to the class for review. Other tips include how to edit your own work and how to submit for publication. Aiken is president of the Atlanta Writers Club, and studied fiction writing at Gotham Writers in NY. He conducts classes throughout the south, and is the author of several novels including "Death Has Its Benefits".
Upcoming Summer 2018 Classes:
Stay tuned for more info! August 18: WRITING THE SUSPENSE NOVEL with Rona Simmons September 1st: POLISHING YOUR WORK FOR PUBLICATION with Julia Day September 15th: CREATIVE NON-FICTION WRITING with Glenn Proctor