Showing posts with label The Writers' Workshop. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Writers' Workshop. Show all posts

Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Writers' Workshop, Asheville, NC, hosts Autumn writing workshops, contests and a retreat



THE WRITERS' WORKSHOP
387 Beaucatcher Road
Asheville, NC 28805

    AUTUMN WORKSHOPS, CONTESTS & RETREAT

    The Writers' Workshop is offering classes and contests for beginning and experienced writers. Each class meets on Saturdays, 10-4 pm, at 387 Beaucatcher Rd., Asheville. Registration is in advance only, at www.twwoa.org.
    Classes are $75 each, or $70 for Workshop members. Financial assistance is available for low-income writers in exchange for volunteering. 
For more info, contact writersw@gmail.com or call 828-254-8111.
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 AUG. 30  FICTION CONTEST DEADLINE!! (Postmarked or emailed)
 (for guidelines, see twwoa.org)
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Sept. 5 Deadline to RSVP: 

WRITERS'  RETREAT at FOLLY BEACH, SC  OCT. 5-8

(For details, see twwoa.org. Please RSVP by Sept. 5!
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ASHEVILLE WORKSHOPS

These one-day intensive workshops meet on Saturdays, 10-4 pm, at 387 Beaucatcher Rd., Asheville. Registration is in advance only, at twwoa.org. Financial assistance is available for low-income writers. For more info, contact  writersw@gmail.com or call 828-254-8111.
 
SEPT. 16:  FICTION WORKSHOP with MILDRED BARYA 
 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 HousePrairie Schooner, Poetry Quarterly, Per Contra and Northeast Review
She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Denver.
Meets Saturday, 10-4 pm. $75/70 members.

OCT. 7:  PUBLISHING OPTIONS with RICHARD KRAWIEK
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. 
Krawiek 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.
Meets Saturday, 10-4 pm. $75/70 members.

            OCT. 21:  WRITING FROM the TOP of YOUR HEAD with NINA HART
 Writers will learn innovate 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, 10-4 pm. $75/70 members.

NOV. 4:  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. Writers may bring up to five pages (double-spaced) to the class for review.
Ackerson, a biographer and Senior Editor at The Renbourne Editorial Agency, has taught workshops throughout the Southeast for over twenty years.
Meets Saturday, 10-4 pm. $75/70 members.

NOV. 18:  POETRY and TENSION with ERIC NELSON
 Conflict-or tension-is indispensable to successful poetry, providing the driving force of the poem as well as its depth and complexity. Writers of all levels will explore different kinds of poetic tension, from the most subtle, such as haiku, to the most obvious (such as epics) through reading and discussion of examples, and by creating tension in our own poems through prompts and exercises.
Nelson's six books include the award winning collections Some Wonder (Gival Press Poetry Award); Terrestrials (Texas Review Poetry Award); and The Interpretation of Waking Life (U. of Arkansas Poetry Award). He has taught poetry at GA Southern University for 26 years.
Meets Saturday, 10-4 pm. $75/70 members.
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 MEMOIRS CONTEST
Deadline: Postmarked by Nov. 30, 2017.

AWARDS:
1st Place: Choice of a 2 night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B, 3 free workshops, or 50 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff
2nd Place: Two free workshops, or 35 pages line-edited
3rd Place: Choice of 1 free workshop, or 25 pages line-edited
Up to 10 Honorable Mentions

GUIDELINES:
  • Submit a short story or chapter of a novel of 5,000 words or less.  Multiple entries are accepted.  
  • Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone and title of work on a cover sheet. Double-space, and use 12 point font.
  • The entry fee per submission is $25 ($20 for Workshop members), and is payable online.
  • Enclose self-addressed stamped envelope for critique and list of winners, if sending by mail.
  • Make check or money order payable to The Writers' Workshop, and mail to:  Memoirs Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.
  • Emailed submissions may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with "Memoirs Contest" in the subject. Send in Word Document only.  Please put your contact info on the first page. 
  • The entry fee is payable online at www.twwoa.org.
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Contact Information
phone: 828-254-8111
email: writersw@gmail.com
website: www.twwoa.org 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Writers' Workshop, Asheville, NC, offers Saturday Writing Workshops starting June 3, 2017


The Writers’ Workshop is offering classes and contests for beginning and experienced writers. Each class meets on Saturdays, 10-4 pm, at 387 Beaucatcher Rd., Asheville. Registration is in advance only, at www.twwoa.org. Classes are $75 each, or $70 for Workshop members. Financial assistance is available for low-income writers.

Schedule:

June 3: Writing the Novel with Karen Ackerson

The class will discuss key aspects of the novel – creating unforgettable characters, developing conflict, tension and honest dialogue, and describing a sense of place. Readings of award-winning literary novelists will serve as examples of fine writing Editing techniques will also be taught, including eliminating unnecessary details, building tension, and fine-tuning dialogue and descriptions. Participants may bring a synopsis and five pages to the class for review. Ackerson is Senior Editor at the Renbourne Editorial Agency, and has taught workshops throughout the Southeast for over 20 years.

June 10: How to Self-Publish and Promote Your Book with Peggy DeKay

Whether you are a published author or writing your first book, this class will give you a comprehensive guide to making money by self-publishing. The class will cover everything from creating a manuscript to selling your book on Amazon and in bookstores - the smart and profitable way. Tips will be given on how to use print-on-demand technology and CreateSpace to publish and sell your book. DeKay is the author of Self-Publishing for Virgins, and teaches seminars throughout the Southeast.

June 24: Exploring Your Options with Richard Krawiec

Often when a piece of writing isn't working, it's because we are trying to force the material into the wrong form. How can you tell if that work of flash fiction you're wrestling with should really be a memoir? Or the short story a novel? Maybe that poem should be a lyric essay, or that essay a poem? In this session we will generate material, then look at ways to identify what form is best suited for you, and what techniques to use for your particular piece. Krawiec has published three novels; a short story collection; and numerous books of poetry and plays. His work has appeared in Shenandoah, Sou-wester, and Ampersand among many other literary magazines, and was featured in Best American Short Stories.

July 15: Poetry and Tension with Eric Nelson

Conflict—or tension—is indispensable to successful poetry, providing the driving force of the poem as well as its depth and complexity. Writers of all levels will explore different kinds of poetic tension, from the most subtle, such as haiku, to the most obvious (such as epics) through reading and discussion of examples, and by creating tension in our own poems through prompts and exercises. Nelson’s six books include the award winning collections Some Wonder (Gival Press Poetry Award), Terrestrials (Texas Review Poetry Award), and The Interpretation of Waking Life (University of Arkansas Poetry Award). He has taught poetry workshops at Georgia Southern University for 26 years.

August 19: Writing Historical Fiction with Anne Barnhill

The class will learn vital aspects of writing historical fiction, including how to make historical figures 'come alive', how to use dialogue from another century, where to find research materials, and much more. We will be doing writing exercises geared to historical fiction, as well as taking a brief look at some historical novels to see how other writers work. Barnhill is the award-winning author of numerous books, including At the Mercy of the Queen; Coal Baby; Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter; and What You Long For. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UNC-Wilmington, and teaches workshops throughout the state.


For more info, contact writersw@gmail.com or 828-254-8111.